Amy owns and runs Craftivate. She graduated from NYU with a BS in Graphic Communications. She became a certified CT art educator and taught high school art at Sacred Heart Academy until 2011. After a few years of being a stay at home mom, Amy started Craftivate in 2015. She has a wide range of knowledge covering many areas of art and is learned in a variety of craft disciplines. Whether it is drawing, painting, portfolio reviews, jewelry making, basket coiling or any number of creative disciplines, Amy is able to provide guidance and share valuable knowledge to make your experience at Craftivate one to remember.
Artist Ann Marie Drury's specialty is watercolor painting. After studying Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, Ann Marie moved back to her home state of Connecticut, where she now lives with her husband and two young kids.
On most days, you can find Ann Marie creating in her little purple studio. She loves the play of complimentary colors, and watching watercolors dance.
Creatures and nature are abound in her New England backyard, always available to lend inspiration.
From acorns to elephants, she loves it all! (disclaimer: there aren't actually elephants in Ann Marie's backyard, but that doesn't stop her from drawing them there)
I have always been a hands on type of person. As a child, I was surrounded by science, craft, and family. Naturally my nerdy childhood self wanted to be a science teacher until I realized that there's much more to science than just experiments. So for college, I looked towards the arts.
I've worked in many other mediums before I found clay two years into college. It was in a sculpture class that I immediately fell in love with working in three dimensions. Fast forward six years and here I am making art to bring smiles to faces and whimsy to homes. Many of my influences shine through, as well as my love for animals, color, and bad puns. Humor and making helps me cope and connect, which is ultimately why I make the things I make.
Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in California. She studied with a Boulder, Colorado based wedding and family photographer for five years, where she discovered her style and technique. Her photographic range encompasses wedding, family, food and lifestyle photography. She is currently based in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Sabrina Joy Autera
Hey hey! I'm Sabrina and I’m a former makeup artist from NYC but I live in Connecticut with my husband and 3 children. A few years ago while delivering my son, I went into a cardiac arrest. For 19 minutes a team of doctors & nurses performed CPR on me and struggled to get my heart going again, and as a result of that it was feared I would be brain dead. Well, during the healing process I picked up a calligraphy pen for the first time and just started writing. Fast forward a few years and I am completely addicted to paper & ink and I hope to be able to share this love with you, too! xo
Sabrina Autera, Owner of A Joyful Noise Paper Co.
Amanda graduated with an MBA in Marketing from Southern Connecticut State University. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of marketing and graphic design. Amanda currently resides in Wallingford with her husband and two children and three Yorkshire Terriers. While Amanda's day-to-day life is surrounded around her beautiful children, her "side hustle" is owning her own business, Living with Amanda, a shop that offers handmade pillows, tea towels and custom decor. She is also very passionate about interior design and helping people transform their houses into a unique space they pride to call their own. She feels very fortunate to be able to watch her children grow and also do what she loves.