Our Teachers

Meet Our Incredible Teachers:

JUDY BALES
Judy is a Missouri native who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received a Bachelor of Fine arts in Painting and Printmaking. She moved to Tampa a little over 21 years ago to accept a job offer as a Graphic Designer for a Tampa company, and is still employed in the Marketing Department. Over the years she has been involved in various art shows throughout the Tampa Bay area and has received awards for her detailed etchings and linoleum block prints.

 

AMELIA BARTLETT
Amelia is a business strategist and creative problem solving consultant with a passion for healthy lifestyle and artful endeavors. 

 

TONA BELL
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 her18 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

 

JULIE CLARKE
Julie 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 so lucky Julie is back inspiring us all.

 

JULIE DYE
Julie Dye loves paper!  In the course of her decade-long love affair with Japanese papers she has built a successful business, “Blossom and Shine” which allows her to professionally indulge her ongoing fascination with creating one of a kind wearable art.  Blossom and Shine currently features a line of handmade jewelry, accessories and gift items hand crafted with a combination of metal, paper and resin.

 

LAURA FLAVIN
Hello, I am Laura Flavin. Metalsmith & Jewelry Designer. I work with sterling silver & gold to create meaningful jewelry. My designs are infused with my love of modern design & the wonders of nature. I look forward to teaching you some basic wire working skills & design concepts so that you can create beautiful jewelry for your loved ones.  See Laura’s fabulous work at Modern Bird Jewelry: modernbird.etsy.com.

 

JODI FRITCH
Jodi is an online business consultant and virtual partner with a creative flair and a loves working with paper. She works with indie business owners and creatives to help them be more awesome online. Her company, Once Bitten Creative Consulting, represents passionate business owners, those that are in the food and wine business, as well as artists, crafters, authors, bloggers, and other creatives.  As an enthusiastic DIY and crafter, Jodi specializes in projects which utilize paper. Jodi loves exploring her creative side with origami, paper sculpting, quilling, sketching and calligraphy. A Tampa bay native, Jodi was raised in a creative household and has been creating since she was old enough to hold a glue stick.

 

JENNI GLASER
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. 

 

KAREN GILLMAN
Karen is best known around the Tampa Bay area for her business and community service contributions.  What most people don’t know about her is that she has been crafting since birth and has a deep love for all-things glittered and glued!  Her crafts have been published on several occasions and have even been purchased by several celebrities.  Karen will share her love of crafting (decoupage, mosaics, sewing, and paper crafts are some of her favorites) with us while teaching us the craft of Memory Magnets.

 

LAURA BETH KNEPLER
Laura is an SEO writer for businesses around Tampa and St. Pete, but her passion lies in jotting down the day-to-day. She started her first journal at age 11. From there, her chronicles range from adolescence to yesterday, spanning nearly 20 years. From her first kiss on stage in a high school play to the muddled years of soul searching in college, it's all on paper. Her early career as an educator is there, as well as her stints on the Appalachian Trail, her time in a female-fronted ukulele rock band, and her early thoughts on the man who became her husband. The contents are, at best, transparent and sage and, at worst, a little embarrassing while still mildly endearing. Laura believes that everyone has a story to tell and that writing can help bring one closer to their best self. She knows not every day will contain major events, but she has learned how to look for and note the meaning in daily life. Laura also fancies handwritten correspondence, finding out if she can make something herself, typography, and digging into a fresh book. 


CHRISTINA LEMBO
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 ever-growing collection of vintage paper and ephemera. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, John, and their son, dog, and cat.  See Christina’s amazing work at:  www.etsy.com/shop/FrannyandFranky


PEGGY MARTIN
Peggy Martin has facilitated memoir writing workshops to seniors in Assisted Living facilities and to various small groups. She draws on her experience of coaching her mother in writing two memoirs. She used stories from her own writing plus exercises and hand-outs to help motivate participants. 

GIANNA PERGAMO
Gianna Pergamo is the owner and artist behind Pergamo Paper Goods, a line of fanciful and humorous greeting cards, art prints, and more made from her animal based collage illustrations. She is a professional illustrator and designer with her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Gianna loves working with mixed media, using both found vintage materials as well as making her own papers and textures. She also loves experimenting with new techniques, and combining tried and true techniques and materials to create unusual results. To see a selection of Gianna's illustration and design work, visit www.giannapergamo.com, and to check out some fancy collage animals visit www.pergamopapergoods.com!

 

RISHA ROA
Risha is a DIY enthusiast and Calligrapher. “Before I buy it – can I make it?” is one of her life’s mottos and it’s a catalyst that led her to pursue calligraphy. She has experience with both Copperplate and modern calligraphy. Risha loves using this lettering craft on just about everything from custom invitations, cards, signs to digital design to Cinco de Mayo table runners --- you name it, she will find a way to write on it. She believes that handwritten or handmade elements truly make any gift, celebration, design or touch in life special and so much more unique.  You can find her bumbling around with her pointed pen and Shiba Inu sidekick, Cubby, on her Instagram @rrisha.

 

MARY KATE ROBERTS 
Mary Kate Roberts is trained in forensic anthropology, but she enjoys all things crafty and creative. An avid traveler she has visited sixteen states and thirteen countries, and has an ever-growing list of new places she wants to see. She believes traveling is one of the best ways to expand ourselves and better our experience of life. She loves reading, knitting, sending and receiving letters, journaling, and typing on her many typewriters.

 

RANDY ROSENTHAL
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

 

KRISTINJOY TAYLOR
Kristinjoy is a photographer and creative at Pinwheel Pictures, a business built on the idea that there is meaning and beauty steeped in our backyards, messy kitchens, and every day lives. In her personal life, Kristinjoy started using art as a means of journaling 6 years ago, and has found it to be one of the most cathartic and sacred acts in her life. Her art journals are a creative chronology of the human experience.

 

RUBY SUGAR
Ruby Sugar is an acknowledged scrapbook and crafting addict. She has completed thousands of scrapbook pages in the past 18 years for her three children, seven grandchildren, and great grandson.  But her addiction does not end with scrapbooking.  She started crafting when her children were small and there were not a Crafting industry.  A magazine article about decoupage began her crafting journey.  Her first projects were decoupage botanical prints on natural wood slabs, which her children’s Pediatrician graciously displayed in the lobby of his office.   From this humble beginning her love to crafting took hold.  She has dabbled in painting, starting with tee shirts and expanding to Trompe L’oeil on children’s furniture and large-scale murals, to sewing, paper crafting, and attempting as many pins as she can from Pinterest!

 

TAMMY WRIGHT
Since childhood, Tammy Wright has loved all things paper including stationery, journals and paperback books. She even studied paper making in school and currently holds a bachelors degree in Pulp and Paper Science. For 15 years she worked in various engineering and project management roles for the paper industry. Since leaving the industry in 2013, she has shared her love of paper by leading workshops on letter writing and running her YouTube channel, Paper Tams, where she talks about snail mail, journaling, paper crafts and books.