Carolyn Hazel Drake is a third-generation Oregonian from a long line of craftswomen. Her creativity was cultivated early on in her mother’s quilt store, as was her appreciation for handwork and being a part of a community of makers.
Drake studied Literature & Architecture at Portland State University’s Honors College and spent a term as a curatorial research & writing intern for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with a particular focus on sculpture.
Drake teaches art workshops out of her studio and across the Pacific Northwest. She taught visual art, art history, and language arts for over a decade in Oregon public schools. She is currently the PPS Visual & Performing Arts Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), where she engages in advocacy and supports best practice and professional development for the nearly one hundred visual arts specialists in the district. Since 2018, she has been awarded a GLEAN residency, a Leland Ironworks residency, and a Suttle Lodge residency, and is a member of the Portland Art Museum's Teacher Advisory Council.