Pastiche Studio is the brainchild and dream come true of two friends (and their amazing husbands) who decided life would be lovelier if they had a space to create their own personal art, as well as room enough to share the joy of  art with others.  We would like to introduce you Emily and Mika, the owners of this fun little art studio.


Emily Franz

A painter, art journal-er, writer and collage artist. She is a devoted wife, mom of five and a Grammy of one.  She also owns and adores the two most wonderful golden retrievers anyone could ever hope to call friends.

Emily graduated from Columbia College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She spent 10 years creating a line of primitive cloth doll patterns under her company name Hootin’ Annies,  and has been featured in dozens of magazines.  In 2007, Emily became an Honoree of Country Living’s Pitch Your Product Contest. Even while enjoying her success as a cloth doll designer, she always felt a deep pull to the fine arts side of creativity.  She wanted to paint and collage.   In the last 3 years, her creative path has diverted quite a bit.  Now that her kids are grown and she has the freedom, she enjoys working with acrylics and canvas developing her free-spirited expressionistic style.  She also enjoys creating paintings for the studio’s gallery of paintings for painting parties and children’s birthdays and other celebrations.

Emily is our primary  art teacher here at Little Pastiche.  She’s always trying to think of a new and exciting way to expose people to the healing properties and  joys that art can provide.  Sign up for one of her workshops and see for yourself how contagious and therapeutic making art can be.  Check our monthly schedule for updates on classes.


Me.3-6-16 Blog_Divider_shabbymissjenndesignsMika Spinner

She is a devoted wife and the mother of three sons.  Just recently she became a  grandmother for the first time.  Mika was very busy over the last 18 years teaching Hebrew at a Synagogue on the South Side.  Now that her children are grown she has ample time to try out different interests.  Of all the things she has dipped her toe in, art is the one that makes her the happiest.  Over the last three years, Mika took art classes at the community college.  Courses like drawing, water color and oil painting were so enjoyable to Mika that she got the urge to have a studio where she could explore much more thoroughly all those areas of art she loved the most.   Fast forward a few months and she is partnering with her friend and now they both have an art studio to call their own.  With this space, Mika is looking forward to widening her horizons through art and by sharing art with others.