founder | chief creative crafter at The Craft.ed Creative Studio | CEO Craft.ed Consulting
Susan Amaral believes that creativity lives in all of us and that making things connects people & communities. Susan has a background in fashion apparel buying and merchandise planning with a passion for crafting & creating things by hand. She is happiest when achieving a balance of her analytical/strategic skills and creativity. Susan is a member of Pepperlane Network and mentor for WIFI (women in footwear industry). Susan lives in Bedford, MA with her supportive husband & 2 children.
guest artist from Astrologyheart.com
Fay Senner is an Astrologer who weaves intuitive insight into her work as an artist. She offers Natal Chart Readings and Workshops that show us how to become aware of certain core needs and behaviors through the lens of Astrology, by demonstrating how to see the Elements- Fire, Air, Earth and Water as essential qualities inherent within us, rather than descriptive words. Her workshops enhance personal growth, provide greater access to the creative process, and enrich one’s ability to comprehend their immediate life choices. She has created a line of zodiac cards and products that help foster this aim which you can find at Astrologyheart.com.
modern brush lettering guest artist
Jennifer is a reading specialist by day and a hand lettering aficionado by night. She was given a calligraphy pen by her grandfather when she was eleven years old and continued to dabble in lettering for the next fifteen years. In 2015, Jennifer took to Etsy to find someone to do custom gift tags in the new, modern calligraphy style. It dawned on her that this was something that she would enjoy doing again herself. Jennifer was immediately drawn to the soothing, meditative quality of modern calligraphy. Hundreds of pens and hours later, Jennifer has done custom lettering for a variety of celebratory events. Conducting lettering workshops allows her to merge her professional background in education with her delight in sharing hand lettering with others.
Jennifer has taken workshops with local calligrapher Liz Roessler and international artist, Molly Suber Thorpe, author of Modern Calligraphy and founder/core contributor of the online calligraphy repository www.caligraphile.com.
guest artist from tiny tile mosaics
Crystal D’Abbraccio is a mosaic artist with a background in teaching mosaics to diverse learners of all ages. Most of all, she enjoys creating and teaching inspirational pieces to help others heal from trauma, illness and addiction. She believes her process can be used as an approach to personal growth and reflection. Mosaics are an assembly of many pieces, sometimes broken, to create a larger and more beautiful whole. When creating mosaic art, we are “Picking up the Pieces” in a literal sense but also in a very personal and physical way. The mind and body integration of mosaic therapy can be a very empowering and cathartic experience. Crystal is also the proud owner of Tiny Tile Mosaics, an online mosaic supply store that distributes mosaic art supplies worldwide. Crystal lives with her very own tribe of mosaic artists in Concord, MA.
guest artist from www.hellobeautifulsoul.com
Stephanie is a mixed media artist & maker and will be leading our Nourishing your creative soul series. Her mission is to spread the love thru her art, to encourage others to live their joy, to reconnect with their inner child and to passionately live their dreams. Stephanie firmly believes that she is here in this world to help others find their sparkle, to uplift peoples’ spirits & help them remember how to connect to their creative selves.
With over 20 years of elementary art teaching experience, her style of instruction is all about exploration, intuition and taking chances. She loves teaching others how to play, have fun and create art with heart. Stephanie has been meditating and journaling for over 16 years and her daily spiritual practice keeps her grounded and able to create and teach from a genuine, authentic and loving place.
Stephanie is the author and designer of Mandala Mantras: 30 Inspirational Designs to Color and the owner of Hello beautiful soul. She currently resides in Acton, with her supportive husband, her two teenage girls and shih tzu named LuluBelle. You can learn more by visiting her at www.hellobeautifulsoul.com
guest artist from gardens by dawn
Dawn is an accomplished plant designer and maker of custom planters and landscapes. A native of Massachusetts, Dawn and her husband Mark have owned and operated their own detailed landscaping company for over 20 years in Southern California. Her installations have varied over the years from cottage gardens to drought tolerant and native plantings.
Several years ago, Dawn added interior plantscaping to her business and began creating one-of-a-kind planters, succulent driftwood pieces, pots, wedding decor and favors. Dawn grows many different succulent species at her home. During the holiday seasons, Dawn holds workshops for clients, friends and family to create special gifts. Whether it’s a small succulent pumpkin centerpiece, a pine cone ornament with succulent topper, driftwood succulent heart or planter, each class is filled with fun and creativity.
Dawn has been married for 32 years and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Dawn will be visiting in April and offering 2 succulent workshops 4/26 & 4/27.
Kate is a yoga teacher with 30+ years of experience in helping people slow down to find stillness and spaciousness, and reconnect with their own spirit. A resident of Ojai, California, she leads handweaving as meditation workshops, women’s meditation circles and a “moms in transition” group. Kate’s mission is to help you feel calm, centered, creative and inspired.
Kate will be visiting us in May to host her popular workshop Meditation as Weaving on Saturday May, 11th