Summer is a time for new beginnings and that's why we think its a great time to take one of our modern craft classes. We've gathered some of the most talented, passionate, and creative teachers we could find from the Tampa Bay area. We hope you will be just as impressed with their bios as we were when we first read them. Sign up today for a Summer Class at: www.paperseahorse.com/classes.
CHRISTINA LEMBO is the founder and owner of Franny & Franky Design Co., a paper goods design company that also offers custom hand-lettering, logo, and graphic design services. Christina runs her business from her home studio, where she also stores her evergrowing collection of vintage paper and ephemera. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, John, and their son, dog, and cat. See Christina's work at www.etsy.com/shop/FrannyandFranky
RANDY ROSENTHAL is an artist/entrepreneur. As co-founder and Creative Director of Tricycle Studios, he advises business leaders at some of the world's best known brands like Johnson & Johnson, and Olympus on customer engagement strategies. He is very excited to bring these proven techniques to the local creative business community. Randy brings his signature "human-centered" approach to all of his wildly different endeavors like stand-up comedy, hypnosis, and filmmaking. Most recently, Randy curates and restores vintage typewriters, making them available for use at events, rental or to have for your very own. www.tampatype.com
PHOEBE BROWN is a Florida native, who writes creative nonfiction and poetry. She graduated from the University of Tampa where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared both in print and online in literary magazines, such as The Healing Muse, Deep South Magazine, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and Hoot Review. She worked as a contributing author and contributing editor on a book titled Journey to Wholeness: The Voices of Women LIVING with Disabilities. Currently, she teaches English at Hillsborough Community College. We are delighted she is teaching Creative Writing for us.
Strands of Sunshine is where you'll find handcrafted jewelry for happy people! Owner and artist AMY MARSHALL creates each piece at her workbench right inside this fun little St. Pete shop. Amy has over 10 years of designing and making. She uses materials such as sterling and fine silver, semi-precious gemstones, glass, and silk cord, and uses techniques including torch fusing, pearl knotting, metal stamping, and wire wrapping. Visit her delightful shop: Strands of Sunshine in St. Petersburg. www.strandsofsunshine.com
JULIE CLARKE is a lively creative spirit who does it all; from knitting to crochet, jewelry to pottery and more. Owner and creative vision for Beadlejules, Julie ran Tampa's premier beading shop for 10 years. After taking some time to get married and make her greatest creative production; daughter Amelie, we are lucky Julie is back inspiring us all.
JENNI GLASER grew up in Shreveport Louisiana and has lived in Tampa since 1986. She received a BFA from Tulane University and a MEd from the University of Missouri. She has taught art in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is the mother of four, and currently is creating art in the medium of clay and fiber.
Paula Stahel has a pen for each of her multiple personas. She’s a professional personal historian. She teaches life writing and memoir classes. She’s an author herself and a ghostwriter. She edits other writers. She’s a book coach. She presents workshops at conferences around the country. She maintains that, “Our stories are our breath into the future, as our memories are the shadows of our past.” Her many credits include the book Listen Up!—The Art of Interviewing for Personal History; collaborating on and editing The Treason of Mary Louvestre by My Haley, who was herself collaborator on Roots with her husband Alex Haley: and co-author of The Wonder Years—My Life and Times with Stevie Wonder, Ted Hull’s memoir of his years as tutor, road manager, and surrogate father to the young musical genius. Paula is a past president of the Association of Personal Historians Inc., an international organization dedicated to supporting the preservation and sharing of life stories around the world. Through Breath & Shadows Productions, she creates high-quality legacy books and audio histories.
TONA BELL, proprietress of The Paper Seahorse, has always had a passion for all things paper, packaging, writing and making. All through her successful career in public relations, marketing and creative services, she found new and exciting ways to use paper. She used hand-written stamped letters to 100 specific people as a very personal way to launch a successful marketing company. In her 18 years as President of that company, Tricycle Studios, she continued to encourage the use of handwritten letters. With The Paper Seahorse, her dream has come true to share these creative pursuits with others. She hopes to inspire people to follow their dreams and make the world a lovelier, more thoughtful place. www.paperseahorse.com
Now comes the difficult part . . . figuring out which classes you can't miss.