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Leigh is a professional art teacher from Topeka, Kansas. She currently lives in Stockholm and spends most of her time pursuing different art forms. At the same time she is also finishing a master's degree in art. She has several years of teaching experience and is currently working full time as an art teacher. At the same time, she also holds workshops here at Skillbreak. In her own words, her motivation for teaching is to motivate students to leave their comfort zone and develop though experimenting. Although several art forms have influenced Leigh's life, the focus today is ceramics. She has a ceramics studio that she runs in her spare time. It is also in this inspiring environment that her popular workshops are held.
Barbro has many creative projects going on in life, but her passion for ceramics is one of the few consisting ones. She started as a teacher in textile crafts but is now also a professional ceramicist after ten years of study and practice. She lives in a beautiful blue house in Flen, where she has her own studio and rose garden. The workshops that Barbro holds are among our most popular workshops at Skillbreak. In a small group, you get the opportunity to enter Barbro's calm studio and take part of an inspiring environment. She also loves to share her creative projects and is happy to, besides teaching, offer a generous meal of homemade food and fika.
Natural philosopher, plant expert, author
Lisen Sundgren is known for her broad knowledge of wild edible plants and how herbs can benefit health, well-being, taste and desire. For over 20 years she has held courses, continued her education and spread her knowledge through books, magazines, TV, blogs and other channels. She has had her own skin care brand, Lisen Organics, and started early to talk about the benefits of staying in nature to feel better. Lisen collaborates with several star restaurants, has made several international guest appearances and is passionate about helping people create their own relationship with nature and themselves. She has written several books, including The Wild Kitchen, The Green World of the License and most recently Wild Adult (Bonnier facts 2017) with beautiful illustrations by Nadia Nörbom.
Chef and author
My name is Samantha Santambrogio-Öberg and I came to Sweden from Milan in 1996. After ten years as a system developer, I decided to completely change course and realize my dream. My dream was to work with my lifelong passion for food, culture and travel. Today, food, culture, tradition and Italy are what I do on a daily basis. Details in the preparation, the choice of ingredients and family atmosphere around tables and pots - that's what I teach. A cooking class with us is a break and a respite in a busy everyday life, whether you do a team-building cooking activity with colleagues or customers, or if you cook with family and friends. A pasta dish enjoyed in Tuscany may have a slightly different character than if you eat the same dish in Stockholm. But in my kitchen you get very close to that special, Italian feeling.
Erika started dreaming about ceramics as a teenager, when she was given the opportunity to try working with clay in school. An experience that she describes as almost magical. Therefore, Erika applied to a school where she got the opportunity to work even more with ceramics and learn several techniques within the area. After graduation, she began an internship working for a full-time ceramicist. After a while, Erika started her own company that today sells ceramics in various forms to individuals, companies and restaurants. Erika is also one of our leading experts here at Skillbreak. She holds workshops in her own studio, where participants get to learn the basics of the popular craft. These workshops are very popular and incredibly appreciated by many.
Artist and pattern designer
Malin Björklund is an artist and pattern designer based in Stockholm. She gets her inspiration from nature and her originals are painted with floating ink, brush and water. The colors, shapes and variability in nature fascinates her. In addition to this, she find flower painting so inspiring because it is created through a a mixture of reality and imagination. In 2006, Malin graduated from the Norwich School of Art and Design in England. Two years later she started her company "Malin Björklund Ritar". Today, Malin has designed for big brands such as Your Wallpaper, Linum, Ljungbergs Factory and Centro Kakel and Klinker. In addition to this, Malin is one of our top experts at Skillbreak. Her workshops in painting are very popular and are described as inspiring, educational and rewarding.
Petra is a potter who loves clay, design and beautiful interiors. She creates beautiful handmade utility items in stone stoneware. In order to create the objects, she uses many different methods, mainly rolling and turning. Petra found ceramics 20 years ago. What began as a hobby developed into a full-time job for some years ago. Petra uses fine raw materials, with sustainability in focus, to create down-to-earth products that last for a long time. She lives in her small workshop in Sollentuna, where she manufactures ceramics for private customers, retailers and restaurants.
Fanny Zedenius is a macramé artist based in Stockholm. Macramé has been a big part of her life since 2014 and she is always striving towards inspiring others. Therefore, she regularly holds workshops and also wrote a book on the subject. The book became very popular and is still selling copies all over the world. Besides this she has an Instagram where she gives her followers an insight in how it is to live as a macramé artist.
Author and chef
Peter Streijffert is the grower, author and chef who loves to discover flavors and see how they best fit together. He is an environmental fighter from Umeå who uses his bicycle as his main transportation. Therefore, it can be quite challenging when it comes to transporting soil and plants, but thats not something that would stop him. Another way Peter shows his commitment to the environment, is that Peter grows most of his food at home, even though he lives in Stockholm. Since many would like to grow on their own, but don't have the knowledge on how, Peter has written a number of books on the subject and regularly gives lectures. Sharing his knowledge is something Peter loves to do! In addition to this, Peter is one of Skillbreak's most popular experts and has workshops in everything from wine tasting to the new composting trend Bokashi. Peter's relaxed, yet adventurous approach to life is something that many are inspired by; maybe that is one reason his workshops are appreciated by so many.
Artist and illustrator
Lisa is an artist and illustrator with her own studio on Folkkungagatan in Stockholm. Drawing, painting and building patterns - is what Lisa likes doing the most. When it comes to her own creations she mostly works with creating oil paintings. The inspiration for her paintings comes from both present and historical time periods and from both city and nature. But often we can see women, animals and flowers in Lisa's work. In her own words, her goal with creating art pieces is to create as high quality as possible. She is also constantly looking for new, creative areas to apply the art to. In addition to developing her own art, Lisa has since 2002 worked with teaching in the field of arts and crafts. Today she is one of Skillbreak's leading experts and holds workshops in both drawing, painting and sculpturing.
Naturens hemligheter is a company that holds workshops in outdoor cooking, outdoor technology, handicrafts and more, both for individuals and companies. We are three people who run the company together. (Photographer picture above: Daniel Melin) Joacim Norberg Joacim is a trained handicraft teacher and growing up with the craft he has many years of experience in the subject and with his background as an educator, you can feel safe and get pedagogical explanations on the steps. He is a dedicated climber but also a skilled kayaker. Linus Nilsson Linus is a trained preschool teacher at Stockholm University. He has also studied outdoor pedagogy and leadership at Linköping University, Umeå University, Linnaeus University and Edinburgh Napier University, among others. Linus has a background as a scout leader and has almost 20 years of experience in outdoor life. He has also worked as head of a company in Bergfalk & Co, which is one of Stockholm's richest restaurant wholesalers. Andreas is a trained preschool teacher and primary school teacher at the Stockholm University of Education and Stockholm University. He has been a scout since childhood and has over 15 years of experience in leading groups outdoors. In addition to being an active outdoor practitioner, he is a passionate outdoor chef who is constantly chasing new taste experiences.
Interior stylist and photographer
Susanna is a creative person full of ideas and has an eye for beautiful environments. With her profession as an interior stylist and photographer, she has done interior design coverage for most interior design magazines in Sweden. In addition, she has a great interest in DIY-projects, with a focus on, among other things, concrete casting, renovated flea market finds, crochet and macramé. She is happy to share her passion for concrete casting in her popular fb group "Betong en gjuten hobby" with about 38,000 members and through workshops in her beautiful garden. Right now Susanna is working on her 20th book (!) together with colleague Sania Hedengren. Like her own interests, the focus of the books are DIY-projects and several of them have been translated and sold internationally. As many as 6 of her books are about concrete and in 2019 she published a book about macramé. Susanna also holds workshops in macramé where she teaches the trendy craft.
Marine is the engineer from France who re-saddled into the world of ceramics. She uses her scientific background to her advantage in the creative process and during her workshops held in the studio on Kvarnholmen with a sea view. Her greatest passion lies in experimenting with new techniques and painting of the ceramics. Her specialty is bird jugs, which fill the shelves in the studio. In her work and workshops, she divides the process into clear steps to achieve the ultimate goal, which can be anything from a plate to a bird jug. The pedagogical approach is often appreciated by her participants.
Entrepreneur and cultivation expert
Jessica has founded and runs OdlingsTV, the Nordic region's largest completely independent web TV channel for all kinds of cultivation. The channel publishes lots of instructional videos online. Jessica is driven by providing cultivation inspiration all year round for everyone. She is often seen as a cultivation expert on national TV and holds popular workshops for individuals and companies. Jessica works to become self-sufficient in vegetables and cares about sustainability and diversity in the garden. For example, she loves to take care of the weeds and experiment with different seeds from the pantry.
Sommelier and wine writer
Sommelier Eva Weckström lives in Stockholm and usually travels all over the country and lectures on wine and food. Eva is a trained and certified sommelier via the Restaurant Academy, where she also took a WSET Advanced in parallel. She has 15 years experience from various roles in the restaurant industry, both in the US and in Sweden. Today, Eva runs her own business "Eva's Wine and Food", works as a wine writer and runs her own blog about food, wine and travel www.mindthewine.com. She holds frequent trainings and lectures and is a very experienced test leader and happily holds tastings on a whole range of themes - also in English. Wine / Cheese, Wine / Licorice, Wine / Food, Amarone, Sparkling, Champagne, Basic Tasting, Beer, Whiskey to name a few.
Mixed media artist
Jenny Grant is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist who lives in Stockholm. Jenny's mission is to inspire people to be brave, to use their creativity and to do more of what they love. Jenny paints in many layers and creates her art based on an interesting process where the images appear while she paints. She works with mixed media - acrylic paint, ink, oil pastels, crayons, fabrics, paper, photos ... everything that gets in her way. Jenny is a very popular and experienced workshop leader. When you go to a workshop with Jenny, you will be invited to her studio in a wonderful house from the 17th century.