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.
Meg is a Tampa artist whose colorful and illustrative style is both charming and unique. From keepsake artwork, such as wedding bouquets and home portraits, to her Tampa landmark series, still life and citrus collages; Meg has a beautiful way of capturing her subjects using a wide range of mediums
Claire grew up in a family whose motto was, "I can make something with that." So she's a natural maker. Her bookmaking passion started in Chicago when she stumbled into a corner paper shop, took a bookmaking class and fell in love. She has been playing with paper ever since. Now, bookmaking is at the heart of her paper passion. She loves the process of creating or "making something" with her hands, and getting people involved in their own creative process. Aside form bookmaking, she also loves laughing out loud, gardening, baking cakes for her husband from the British Bakeoff Cookbook and playing with her cat, Cici.
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.
Leo Gomez is a designer and hand lettering artist based in St. Pete Fl. You'll often him working on fun hand lettering projects for menus, t-shirts, signs and wall murals. Leo loves teaching what it means to be a hand lettering artist and how you can make a career of doing what you love. You can see his work on Instagramand Website . When Leo is not working on something cool, he loves to spend the day with his bulldog puppy Luna.
Patricia Ingegneri is a transplanted New Yorker who had been an RN for going on 30 years. She received her BSN from Pace University in NYC. Hobbies are how she keeps her sanity in such a stressful profession. She’s dabbled in beaded jewelry, pottery, mosaics and spindle spinning. Her current passions are knitting, spinning, and recently happy mail, fauxdoris and junk journaling. She loves the crinkly sound of paper!
Amanda is a wife and mom of two. She is the designer behind Amanda Kammarada Hand Lettering, which specializes in hand lettered art and design that hopes to bring inspiration, happiness and joy. Art has always been a part of her life but didn’t find her love of hand lettering until 2015. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to Universal Orlando and DIYs. She loves Harry Potter, coffee and chocolate.
Natasha is the creator and working hands behind Everything So Pretty products. Her handmade affair came about as an escape from the stress of corporate life. She quickly realized balance and peace of mind can be triggered by different mindful emotions through our sense of sight, touch and smell. Seeing, touching and smelling anything pretty can elicit positive energy. Everything So Pretty creates items that inspire wellness through our senses. Follow her on Instagram: @everythingsopretty_esp
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.
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
Bailey is a 3rd generation Floridian who lives in Old Seminole Heights with her husband and son. She's been using essential oils and teaching classes in the community for nearly 8 years. She has a passion for natural healing and wellness and enjoys living an active, healthy lifestyle. Professionally, Bailey serves the Tampa Bay area as a Birth Doula and childbirth educator. She has a background in Elementary and Special Education and is soon to be embarking on a career in Real Estate in the Tampa Heights Community.
Michael Sull is widely regarded as America’s most significant living Master Penman. A former Lettering Artist for Hallmark Cards and personal calligrapher for President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Sull is credited as being the individual responsible for re-introducing our nation’s heritage of handwriting to today’s generations of students, both here in America and around the world. He is the author of several books that are considered to be modern classics in the field of Handwriting, including “Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship”, and “American Cursive Handwriting”. As an instructor, he has conducted classes in over 40 states and a dozen foreign countries; more than any other penman in American history. He is the founder of the Spencerian Saga workshop program (now in its 31st year), and was the designer and director of the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting. He is a past President of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), and founded that organization’s Master Penman program, serving as its director for 15 years. Currently he serves as Corporate Master Penman for the Zaner-Bloser Company, and as Academic Director for the Ink Academy educational center. His Penmanship artwork can be found in private collections throughout the world. www.spencerian.com
Holly is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Life Coach and personal development enthusiast who has a passion for journaling that she feels compelled to share. It's been Holly's experience that many people want to journal but don't know how to get started. Research suggests that journaling sparks creativity, increases self-confidence, provides clarity, expands awareness, and reduces stress. Holly is excited to share those benefits through her journaling classes at The Paper Seahorse.
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 and Instagram: @papertams where she talks about snail mail, journaling, paper crafts and books.
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