Amalia Fernand is an international environmental educator and a life-long leather worker. She has experience in Montessori, environmental and experiential education and has facilitated nature art lessons with all ages around the world. Amalia was raised the daughter of a shoemaker and repurposes leather into creative jewelry that helps to fund her educational outreach. Amalia has a Master of Science in Ecological Leadership and Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute of Lesley University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with minors in Marine Science and Anthropology from Eckerd College. Amalia founded Nature Explorers International and works to help children foster a greater understanding of their environment, an excitement for learning and exploration, and a deep set love of nature that lasts a life time.
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Amy Long is a practicing fiber artist and art instructor who creates soft sculptures, which express ideas regarding systems of interconnectedness while referencing the body. Her work, full of links and layers of brightly colored hand made felt and fulled crochet, conjure connections, interactions, and dependencies that occur in so many systems. This self-represented artist exhibits her work nationally. She has been featured in numerous museum catalogs as well as web publications including The Craft Alliance, The Albuquerque Museum, Craft: Magazine Blog, Craftstylish, and Fiberarts Magazine. Long earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and has supplemented her knowledge in fibers by studying with renowned felt makers, Jean Hicks and Lisa Klakulak.