I am very blessed to have three AMAZING friends who will be my Guest Mentors at the Shine Workshop in November. So if you have already signed up for the workshop (just a few spaces left) let me introduce you to the brilliant Women who will be sharing ideas, inspiration and their talents with you!
Kansas City native Debbie Dusenberry began her stylish career in 1980 as a well respected makeup artist and photo stylist. In September of 2000, ready for her third career, Debbie opened Curious Sofa, a retail boutique. With an eye for buying and an unorthodox way of display, Debbie led Curious Sofa to be one of the nations top small retailers and a destination shop for customers from across the country. For ten successful years Curious Sofa and Debbie’s home were featured by many national, trade and local publications which led to a strong following on the shop’s website, blog and Facebook. In January of 2011, Dusenberry closed her brick and mortar store to focus on internet sales, freelance styling and graphic design. With a love for all things visual, Debbie is a master when it comes to branding an idea, talent or business which she has developed from her history in commercial art, photography, film, TV, display, special events, promotion, and social media.
Amy Barickman is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop, and AmyBarickman.com.
She is a leader in the sewing, needle arts industry having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the U.S. and internationally. Named one of Country Living magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, Amy has made numerous television appearances including regular visits to Sewing with Nancy on PBS.
Her recent releases include Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun , and Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers.
Through her blogs, business websites and e-newsletters, Amy inspires countless crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques.
Karla Nathan/ Karla’s Cottage
Karla Nathan’s art has had major shifts over the years ~ beginning as a water colorist focusing on florals and portraits and then traveling the country as a muralist and painting hotels, day care centers and private homes. However, she was always drawn to a more vintage style and soon she was transferring her painting from walls to old furniture which blossomed into a thriving antique business in her home. While at auctions buying furniture, she found herself attracted to boxes of crumbled ephemera, soft petals of millinery, tubs of yellowed linens, delicate lace and other vintage lovelies and began doing collage and assemblage work with these fragile items.
No matter what medium has intrigued Karla throughout her lifetime, she’s always had the same aesthetics and “pretty” was her goal. She will always be drawn to the look of flowers and all things pretty. Karla’s work has been featured in over 50 publications from Better Homes and Gardens Paint Decor and Romantic Homes to many of the Somerset magazines. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and darling Yorky pups in a home surrounded by her trademark style and paintings. You can read more about Karla by following her Blog.