Sailors Valentine with Suzanne Marie Dietsch

With respect to traditional valentine patterns, students will learn the skills needed to create an eight-sided star with floral center.  In addition you will use a  three-dimensional technique that will add a modern twist to your design. This pattern also allows you to  personalize your valentine. Participants will be provided with an 8″ handmade octagon box, shells, tools, and instructions to create a unique and treasured keepsake.



Maximum class size: 12

Suzanne Marie Dietsch is a multi-time first place and best-in-show recipient in the most competitive shell competitions in the country:  Philadelphia, Sarasota and Sanibel.  She is known for her creative, three-dimensional approach to this craft.  Her goal is to honor the nautical folk-art history of Sailors Valentines while creating a more personal, contemporary spin to this treasured 1800’s art form. Suzanne has a deep appreciation for nature’s artistry and enjoys the intricate, mosaic expressions that can be created with seashells.  She is self-taught and creates each design one tiny seashell at a time.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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