Alexis LaFlamme is a local artist, mother, and activist. Her travels around the world have provided a rich canvas as she evolves as a successful abstract artist and creative facilitator. Her love for the artistic process took shape as she earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Literature, and her Masters degree in Education.
She focuses on acrylics and inks because of their rich colors. Her work is inspired by her emotions and the natural world, often focusing on water, leaves and stars.
Alexis has sold her artwork to private collectors, as well as having her works shown in galleries through the Pacific Northwest. Her mode of creative expression naturally merges with her love of education. Alexis teaches a wide variety of art classes locally through her business, Meditative Arts Seattle, which she started so others could learn to evoke emotion through color and form. Some examples of her creative sessions include: art journaling, block printing, intuitive painting, and inking glass.
Andrea has always loved baking and the way food brings us together around the table. After spending several years working in psycho-social research, she decided to switch paths and turn her baking hobby and love for food into a career. She spent some time at SusieCakes in Los Angeles, followed by a few years at Macrina managing the pastry department at the Queen Anne cafe, before finding herself at Raised Doughnuts and Cake. Each step along the way has reinforced her love for the creativity and community that comes with spending her days making delicious cakes for you to share around your table with your friends and family.
Angela Renzetti is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and teaches classes on Western & Chinese herbalism. While not having enough time in the treatment room to talk about herbal medicine, her love to teach about plants’ wisdom and medicine evolved into Moonlight Medicine and teaching classes. She believes healing through relationship with nature is something everyone can benefit from and likes to teach foundations in herbalism so that people can access nature’s wisdom at home. She practices at Ageless Acupuncture in Pike Place Market and you can learn more at www.moonlightmedicineclinic.com
Angi moved from Germany to Seattle in 2016, where she fell in love with the city and chocolate. After a failed baking attempt, Theo’s Chocolate Tour, and the Seattle Indulgent Tour, she realized that she wants to work with chocolate. Early 2017 she completed her certification as a professional chocolatier at Ecole Chocolat and started to work as a chocolate maker at indi chocolate. Angi decided to start her own bean-to-bar chocolate company ChocolateSpiel a couple of month later.
When she’s not playing with chocolate, she’s hiking with her husband and friends, doing yoga, or is knitting new projects with a high risk of failure.
Amanda is a fiber artist, designer and instructor. She had a decade long career in hospitality as an event planner, but left it all behind in 2015 to move to Indonesia with her husband. Since returning to Washington in 2017, Amanda has focused on building a freelance art and teaching career. She lives on Camano Island with her husband and their pug mix, Blanche. You can view her work at amandamclaurin.com and @amanda_mclaurin_ on Instagram.
Audrey is a twenty-five year old entrepreneur from Seattle who has always loved deep conversations. 365 Meaningful Conversations started as an art project that turned into conversation cards and since has grown into a business all about using conversation cards for people to connect with one another! She is passionate about learning, running long-distances, and doodling.
Becca grew up on the Oregon Coast in a rural and artistic community, she now currently resides in Seattle. She has traveled and lived all over the world including Argentina, South Korea, and Ecuador. For the last three years, she was the Marketing Director and COO at indi chocolate, a bean to bar, a direct-trade chocolate company located in Pike Place Market. In 2018, Becca started Rebel Rose Consulting, offering advice and expertise to improve, develop and enhance business strategies and community impact. She is currently getting her MBA at Presidio Graduate School in sustainable business. She enjoys black coffee, loves to cook with people, gather, create music, dance and laugh.
Brianne is a transplant from Philadelphia where she studied Marketing and Spanish. Since moving to Seattle two years ago, she has embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and started her own marketing consulting business in March of 2018. Her inspiration has been driven by the small business community in Seattle and wants to help them grow through her marketing services. In her free time, Brianne enjoys spending time outdoors and is attempting a Mount Rainier summit for the second time this summer. She is a passionate philanthropist for organizations like Climb for Clean Air, loves to cook vegan dishes, spend time with dogs through her Rover business, and tutor Spanish for high school students.
Carrie, a Certified Fermentationist and Functional Medicine Health Coach, is a knowledgeable and creative practitioner of fermentation arts and the pursuit of wellness through intuitive nutrition and lifestyle habits. Her creative and solution-oriented approach to the micro biome, gut health and wellness brings a fresh perspective to adding home fermented foods into our daily diet. She finds joy teaching people how to make their own fermented foods, their amazing health benefits and using them in innovative ways. She also loves to hike, garden, sail, and travel.
Chloe grew up in California and moved to Seattle at the age of 15 where she immediately fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She grew up painting, drawing and went to school for photography. After working for a real estate company for several years, her passion for real estate, renovation projects and interior design grew and she decided to get her brokers license. 2 years ago she bought her first home (a fixer-upper) and began her most beloved reno project to date. She currently lives in West Seattle with her beau and pup, Rainy. She’s happiest visiting a new city, camping, or exploring the San Juan Islands, and more recently, learning to cook. You will often find her scouring local breweries and being called to the mountains when needing a sweet escape from the city life.
Claire has a year and a half of calligraphy and hand-lettering experience; and nearly 35 years of arts & crafts experience! She had worked in the corporate world for most of her adult life but 2 years ago took a leap-of-faith to follow her passions of teaching and being creative! From the moment she took her first calligraphy class, Claire knew this was exactly what she needed to be doing in life. Now, a full-time calligrapher, she resides in West Seattle with her husband and furry children, Wisco and Gordo. When she doesn’t have a pen in her hand, she has a violin instead, and teaches private violin lessons in-between client projects. Born in California and raised in Wisconsin, she’s a lover of warmth and the West Coast but also cheese, beer, and bubblers!
Elise is the woman behind The Preserve Works - a company that works to help people live more slowly and sustainably. The Preserve Works offers a small collection of handmade goods, sustainable items and curated wellness products. Elise also teaches a variety of different programs inspired by the mind/body/planet connection including slow/gentle yoga, meditation, and sustainable workshops. She believes in slowing down, making mindful choices, and cultivating a deep relationship with the natural environment.
Emily is a self-taught watercolor artist who tells jokes by day, and wrangles children by night. Although she is isn't a Seattle native, her fair complexion and light-sensitive eyes can't imagine living anywhere else. Along with passing along her love of painting, she wishes to give others the confidence to pick up the brush and dive-in, no matter what stage of the painting game they are in.
Emmy is a fiber artist and yarn collector working as a Mad-Men-female at a downtown ad agency. Originally from New Jersey, Emmy moved to Seattle to pursue a career in adverting two years ago. While here, she's found a love for weaving while listening to podcasts, drinking ciders on porches, and spending afternoons by the water. Weaving brings her so much joy that she couldn’t not share that with others through her classes!
Erin grew up in Los Angeles and now lives with her best friends and plants in Seattle. Propelled by her studies in environmental food policy, Erin brought her knowledge into the field working in urban farming. After college, Erin shifted her focus to interiorscaping, creating indoor green arrangements and jungles. Working currently as a horticulture technician, Erin continues to grow her knowledge of plants and expand her creative design capabilities.
After her friends continuously came to her with houseplant questions, Erin wanted to create an accessible class to share her knowledge and help others care for their plants. Along with her coworker and close friend Monica, she will be teaching the first ever “Houseplants 101” course at The Works.
In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her best friends, taking as many road trips as possible, and baking cakes.
Fawn is a physical therapist with a passion for teaching, wellness, and body education. She has been a fervent kombucha drinker and fermentista for many years and loves to share the joy of homebrewing and fermentation with anyone who wants to join her.
Greta specializes in the technology and media industry and formerly managed the photography and social media for indi chocolate. She concentrates on working with small businesses and startups to capture products, people, and places. In her spare time, she runs a lifestyle blog, Some Saltwater, and food blog, The Little White Table.
Jessica Angel of Spalted Home is a Michigander at heart, living in Seattle with her husband and toddler. She has been running some sort of handmade business since 2011 and taught herself to carve wooden spoons a few years ago. When her daughter was born she stepped back from carving and the idea for mini cactus kits sprang forth (fun fact: the vases are hand carved to look like carved wood!) Jessica’s love of spoon carving has been translated into a class that makes wood carving accessible for everyone.
Jessie Poole (aka The Lady Bartender) is an artist, food & beverage connoisseur and educator. Born somewhere between a rolling tumble weed and the pungent scent of a sage brush in Southern Idaho, and raised in the lush, fir protected damp of the Northwest, her artistic focus is always in telling the story. To find motivation in a person from history, in recalling a place - it's smell and texture, in a piece of art or simply an emotion is a never ending source of inspiration. Follow her cocktail journey at theladybartender.com.
Jen is an Appalachian raised, Seattle based watercolor and ink artist. Jen taught art and photography as a camp counselor for 4 years, and recently finished training as a yoga teacher and Ayurveda practitioner. Her inspiration comes from a combination of these studies, looking at the connections between science, geometry, and nature. She enjoys bringing together elements of the earth and meditation into original art works and Ayurveda workshops. You can find a bit of all of this on her Instagram @jenliveslife.
Kailey is two parts hustle, one part plant magic. When she’s not drawing on four years of operations background to run her burgeoning event business, you can find her cultivating homemade fermentations and giving gardening advice at the farmer's market. Kailey grew up in Washington before a world tour that ultimately led her home. She recently left a job running operations at a tech startup to launch Huckleberry Productions, a business that helps creatives thrive — and to spend more time with her cats.
Katrina is a Seattle-based creative with a passion for learning and building community. Never one to fear a good challenge, she's dabbled in many trial and error projects like restoring the vintage leather purses in her collection, making new-to-her jewelry from deconstructed/deadstock trinkets, and trying to propagate any and all of her house plants, and excited to share her learnings on these topics with others! When she's not working on creative side projects, she enjoys spending time with her adopted Flamepoint Siamese cat, Sushi Magoo, riding her bike around the city, and standing in line for local donut pop-ups.
Kiki Robinson aka Opulent Witch is a witch, artist, tarot reader, freaky star being, and psychic medium. Her work is centered in sovereignty, heart-truth, courage, and connecting with ancestral healing and magic. She is deeply committed to dismantling the systems that bind us through magical activism and her intention is to support others in connecting to their own divinity and assist in deep transformation. To find out more about Kiki, visit her website Opulent Witch or follow her on Instagram.
Kiya is a recent Seattle transplant, and contrary to her South Floridian roots, she loves grey skies and rainy days.
After pursuing a career in concert dance in New York City for the past 5 years, Kiya turned to her first love, food, for a career swap. Self-taught and wild about cooking, you can find Kiya in the kitchen most days, developing creations for her cooking blog, kiyafries.
Kiya also works as a freelance photographer, crafting images and stop-motion videos for brands.
A teacher at heart, Kiya aims to communicate useful cooking techniques, and overall, to spread joy.
When she isn’t creating or teaching, you can find her tending to her container gardens, snuggling her cat, scrolling Pinterest, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Kristina is a professional cook turned whole animal butcher. She owns and operates a Seattle-based butchery service called Butchery 101 that custom processes meat shares and teaches butchery classes. Services always feature well-raised animals from great farmers in the Pacific Northwest.
She is joining The Works to teach Knife Skills 101, featuring skills and lessons gathered from Seattle Culinary Academy and seven years working in excellent Seattle restaurants like Matt’s in the Market, Spinasse and Volunteer Park Cafe.
Mara is a self-taught fiber artist and crafter living in Shoreline. As a self-proclaimed "jane of all trades, master of none," she loves to dabble in all types of crafts from knitting to felting, drawing to weaving, and her new favorite, punch needle art. When she is not creating products for her Etsy shops or crafting for fun, you will find her in her garden or spending time with her boyfriend and their two cats and dog. You can find more about her current projects and links to her Etsy shops on Instagram.
Megan Young is thrilled to join The Works Seattle team as Operations Manager. Megan brings over ten years of management experience with off-site catering and events of all types, plus a ton of enthusiasm for baking, cooking and crafts of all sorts. Along with her years of management experience Megan has offered mentoring, training and coaching to students and employees for over nineteen years. In her other life Megan is a Certified Myers Briggs and Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach, Graphic Design Assistant and Singer. Megan is passionate about people, food, music, house-plants and nature.
Melissa owns The Kitchen Imp, where she makes and sells beautiful, organic spice blends, as well as single spices. She also creates proprietary blends for restaurants. Although she loves spices of all sorts, she has a particular passion for blends from South Asia and North Africa, as well as the cuisines of those regions. She believes that cooking is a cultural bridge-builder that can open us up to the world through delicious food. And she's thrilled to teach people how to make foods that excite and nourish them.
Mi knew early on that she was going to be a baker. Growing up, she helped at her parents' restaurant and it gave her a peek into the food industry and she loved it. As high school was coming to an end, Mi decided that the traditional route was not for her and chose to follow my passion and attended pastry school in Portland. She returned to Seattle and started as in intern at Macrina at age 19 and worked her way up to Head Pastry Chef, managing the bakers of all the cafes. Owning her own place was never a part of her master plan, but one day this urge to go for it came over her and Raised Doughnuts was born. Gathering all of her experiences from those days in her parents' shop, 9 years of working at Macrina, help and support from friends near and far, doing a year of pop ups around the city, and guidance from her business partner, they built Raised into what it is today! Their doughnuts are mixed, hand cut, and fried fresh every morning, and are topped with glazes made from scratch using high quality, specialty ingredients. Raised Doughnuts create one of a kind doughnuts that are soft and chewy in texture, have a good balance of sweetness, and they offer flavors inspired by things Mi grew up with, flavors you grew up with, and seasonal favorites. Mi’s team loves mixing things up and giving you fun, nostalgic, unique flavor combinations!
Monica is a born and raised Seattle native with a passion for baking, doggos, and nature! She spent most of her college years pursuing baking and pastry arts, only to realize that the plant world holds a special place in her heart. What began as a healthy “hoarding” of house plants quickly blossomed into a career that she wholeheartily loves. She is now currently working as a horticulture technician, where she’s always learning and absorbing new knowledge.
In her free time, Monica enjoys long walks with her two pitties, Mila and Milton, constantly drinking a latte, eating family style and listening to true crime podcasts!
Seattle native, Nyema Clark is Founder and Director of Nurturing Roots Farm located on Beacon Hill, a program committed to addressing food justice issues in the community. As a black small business owner and Founder of Avenue South, she produces handmade natural culinary and body products. Nyema is committed to enriching underserved communities, her strength and overall goal is founded in youth empowerment and community economic sustainability.
Paul Wang is a chef that has been traveling and living a different city every year since he was 20 years old (including Seoul, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, New Delhi, Tulum, Oklahoma City). Paul believes that life’s most valuable lesson is experiencing different cultures through food and people. He is currently living in Seattle while working at an oyster bar in Ballard. Since he was a young teenager, Paul has obsessed over skin care, especially using natural ingredients (mostly food). His first experiment was making a face mask with egg whites, green tea, and oatmeal. Besides travel, food, and skin care, Paul enjoys taking care of his house plants, slurping down dumplings and noodles in the International District, and thrift store shopping with his partner, Brandon.
Peggy is the owner of Cookiecarts, a bakery shipping cookies to college students nationwide. As one of nine kids, she was always baking. Peggy was mentored by many women, including her mom who baked cookies for their lunches every single day! Baking brings Peggy such joy and sweetens life. She can’t wait to share her passion with you!
Sahily is colorful Floridan living in the Seattle area and on mission to splash color through the PNW. She is marketer by day, colorful lifestyle blogger, and recently launched a vintage shop with, you guessed it— curated colorful fashions. You can say she’s a Jill of creative trades.
With a constant hankering for creativity, Sahily puts her fine arts background to use frequently. She enjoys crafting, painting, and photography. She’s currently obsessed with all things Pom Poms and will be teaching a Pom Pom earrings class.
When she’s not hustlin’ or being a maker, this vibrant gal enjoys thrifting, going to brunch, and kickboxing.
Shannon Douglas is the cook and photographer behind Honest Magazine, a quarterly publication of cooking, foraging and gardening, and the way these practices weave together to create an honest and connected life. She teaches classes focused on intuitive cooking and rustic crafts that bring us back into the wild and the wild back into us. She's a big believer in hammocks and is always on the lookout for new "weeds" to bring into the kitchen. Her website is HonestQuarterly.com
Shavon grew up in the South and in the Bay Area in California, where she relocated from to Seattle 12 years ago. Currently living in White Center with her husband, dogs, chickens, bees and orchid hoard, oh my!. Shavon has a deep passion for native pollinators, building pollinator habitats, seed saving and spreading the wonderment of native bees to the masses. Along with her day job, she is a field trip volunteer at the West Seattle Bee Garden and a beekeeper for Urban Bee Co. Using permaculture principles, over the last 4 years, Shavon has slowly been turning her nearly quarter acres of grass and 3 pine trees into gardens of food, flowers and habitats for the birds and pollinators. When not farming you can find her knitting, all Star Trek all the time, obsessing over the hummingbirds in her yard and cruising the mean streets on her motorcycle.
Siera, a former bioinformatician, left the lab to follow her original passion for baking and bento-making. Growing up in Hawaii, she was constantly surrounded by fresh tropical fruit and exotic flavors, all of which continue to inspire her cooking endeavors today (Instagram: @komorebi_kitchen). When not in the kitchen Siera enjoys bouldering, wheel-throwing, and tending to her garden with her puppy Kuppi.