Cynthia Shaffer is a mixed media artist, creative sewer and photographer whose love of art can be traced back to childhood. At the age of 6, she learned to sew and in no time was designing and sewing clothing for herself and others. After earning a degree in textiles from California State University, Long Beach, Cynthia worked for 10 years as the owner of a company that specialized in the design and manufacture of sportswear. Numerous books and magazines have featured Cynthia’s art and photography work: she is the author of Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark, 2011), Stash Happy Appliqué (Lark, 2012), co-author of Serge It (Lark 2014) author of Coastal Crafts (Lark, 2015) and Simply Stitched Gifts (Lark, 2015). In her spare time Cynthia knits, crochets, paints, and dabbles in all sorts of crafts. If she’s not crafting, Cynthia can be found at the gym lifting weights, kick boxing or in the back bay of Newport Beach with her paddling friends. Cynthia lives with her husband Scott, sons Corry and Cameron, and beloved dogs Harper and Berklee in Southern California.