Fabulous Workshop Leaders:
Kellianne Smith, Zumba
Kellianne is an inspiring Zumba leader by night, and a child whisperer by day. She works in the Ithaca City School District and enjoys making DIY body products and reading.
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.
Natasha Keller, Skirt Design
Natasha is the mastermind behind Clotheshorse Studio, a garment sewing school in the Finger Lakes. She believes in empowering sewists by helping us get past whatever is preventing us from feeling like we can make our own clothes. See Natasha's website for more on her amazing story and class offerings: www.clotheshorsestudio.com
Robin Wilburn, Bag Making
Robin is the queen of functional sewing! She can whip up a quick tote bag or a Halloween costume in no time. A math and science teacher by day, she's a mother of three who is often inspired (forced??) into MORE CRAFTING by her daughter Iris.
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!
Sarah Gotowka is a practicing textile artist and instructor. She owns and runs Luna Fiber Studio, a fully equipped weaving studio in Trumansburg NY. She has been weaving since 2005, and has been growing natural dyes since 2010. Since moving to the Ithaca area she has taught workshops at Cornell University, Ithaca College, The Johnson Museum of Art, Wells College, New Roots Charter School, The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, The Craftstitute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Trumansburg Middle School.
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Graham O, Gourd Art
Graham is the proprietor of Gourdlandia, her very own Gourd art making world at Ecovillage! We are lucky to have her coming back for FLAIR 5.0. Graham has had as many art phases in her life as most people have hairstyles--including the Gingerbread House years, the Pysanka Egg years, and more! Ask her about her crafting endeavors when you get a chance. Graham is also a skilled gardener and a midwife, to boot.
Emily Reardon, Macrame
Emily Reardon is a mother, gardener, educator, and food preserver. Her spirit is alive when she can grow food, process it, and excite others about doing the same. Pickling is her favorite, but she continues to be inspired by the bounty to experiment with various forms of food preservation. Being new-ish to the area, Emily is truly excited to develop a strong community, one in which she can share her passion.
Shannon Booth, yoga
Shannon will be returning to her fourth FLAIR all the way from her hometown of Newport, Rhode Island! She teaches beach yoga there, among other types of yoga. She has had a variety of jobs in her past life, including English teacher in Japan!
Priscilla Reyer, Nuno Felting
Priscilla has been crafting since she was a small child of 4. Her grandmother started her off with crocheting and sewing. She has since dived into all sorts of arts! She adores fibers, especially wool and silk. She likes to paint, do ceramics, dye fibers, felt, knit, and sew in her free time and with her classes as a school teacher. She raises sheep and chickens outside of Ithaca, NY.
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.