Emily Hirshorn, Printmaking
Emily is an educator, dog lover, traveler, and all-around crafty gal from Philadelphia, PA! She loves trying out new techniques and has mastered a variety of art forms, including mosaic tile and printmaking. Emily has been enjoying upstate New York for years, ever since she attended Colgate University as a student. She currently works for the Penn Museum as an educator.
Christina King, Garment Sewing
Christina is a mask maker extraordinaire! Before the debacle of 2020, she also loved sewing amazing bags, clothing, and you-name-it! She is the mother of two eager crafters....well, one might consider himself more of an eager hockey player.
MaryAnn Carroll, Enameled Jewelry
MaryAnn, a retired special education teacher, has been creating jewelry for over 14 years. Her interest started in a local bead shop stringing beads for gifts. After a time of making new jewelry to match work outfits, she began to branch out to metal and then to ceramic. Loving the rustic look, she found that there were not too many beads out there to match her style, so what better thing to do than to create them yourself? Creating her own personal ceramic beads led to a successful side business selling handmade beads through Etsy. Experimenting with different styles evolved into creations using copper wire, industrial tubes, enamels and, of course, ceramic beads Those materials alone open up a world of variation in jewelry styles. MaryAnn loves teaching and sharing her ideas with those curious to learn them and encourages students to get creative during her classes.
Bryn O'Brien, Woodworking
Our lone man at FLAIR, we have granted Bryn a special dispensation because we all love wood! Bryn is a carpenter and stone mason by trade, and has been working with wood since he was a kid. You can find his coat racks and art caddies for sale at Handwork on the Ithaca Commons. Bryn is also a lover of boats and the father of two adorable children, chiefly due to his wife's beautiful genes.
Heather Scott, Improvisational Quilting
Heather is obsessed with fabrics of all kinds. She discovered improv quilting just in time, because she was going to have to learn some actual quilting techniques. Phew! She prefers to not be too fussy and call it all "folk art." Heather works for a Cornell wine chemist when not trolling the sale rack at Quilter's Corner or SewGreen.
Carlee Norberg and Alida Dean, Dried Flower Wreaths
Carlee and Alida live and work on Plenty of Posies cut flower farm in Newfield, NY. They love laughing together while picking flowers, arranging bouquets, and making dried flower wreaths on the farm, and they can't wait to share their skills with you!
Maura Cody, yoga/meditation/TBD
Maura will be returning to her sixth FLAIR! She teaches yoga with the cooperative roving studio Indigo Sky Yoga, and has her day job with the Corning Museum of Glass. Maura is the mother of three fantastic humans, two cats, one dog, and a clutch of chickens.
Kelly Diemond, Jewelry Making
Kelly is a Jewelry Maker, Artist and Curious Creative, who teaches classes, workshops and retreats around CNY. She's happiest with paint smeared hands or when pounding metal into pretty shapes. She loves bringing people together to create and watching what was only imagined take form and become tangible. When she isn't torching metal or getting lost in her studio, she can usually be found with her family + mini-dachshund, boating, paddle boarding, watching movies or having a good glass of wine.