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. www.seashellvalentines.com