Meet the Creators
Sean has been working with his hands and building stuff ever since he was 6 years old when his dad helped him open an old telephone to see its inner workings. Since moving to California he has worked construction, exhibit maintenance at the Exploratorium Science Museum, technical direction at a multimedia event production company and as a part-time professional handyman. His most complex and interesting works have been for artistic installations and personal projects.
After a life-long interest in physical activities like martial arts and extreme sports, Sean finally found the perfect activity to fill his need for physical expression in 1997 when he discovered fire dancing at a music festival in South Africa. During his travels, he created a modular breakdown multi-purpose travel staff that served as a single staff, double staves, clubs and poi, enabling him to play, practice and entertain wherever he went. Sean found that illuminating his tools provided a key motivation for movement. Recognizing that fire was naturally prohibitive in many ways and did not last long enough for really getting into the flow, he applied his electrical and engineering skills to develop a safe, convenient and long-lasting alternative. After 5 years of part-time tinkering and involvement with various other projects, the flowtoys modular system was born. When he determined that the only way to make what he wanted required parts made in the thousands, Sean's entrepreneurial spirit came into full force and with the generous support of his then soon-to-be wife Prisna, and the encouragement of his family and friends, flowtoys sprang to life.
Sean enjoys nothing more than improving things and developing tools to fill people's needs (except maybe dancing with his two 4' flowstaffs). As the current line of flowtoys products becomes more dialed in, he looks forward to bringing new products to market and spending more time developing and designing custom items and consulting on projects.
After graduating in Environmental Science from Brown University, Prisna worked in the non-profit world for seven years: first in a labor union, then in a climate change campaign that sought to rally US cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, followed by an international sustainable development NGO, where she edited an online publication that updated decision makers on environmental news and policies and provided coverage of negotiations at the United Nations and other international fora. Prisna has contributed as a writer and editor to publications by the UN Environment Programme and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She's also edited vE-jA - an haute-design book that provides an overview of global VJ culture.
In addition to dedicating her organizational, design and administrative skills to flowtoys, Prisna loves conceiving new tools to play with. Poi was Prisna's gateway flow instrument and she hasn't ceased exploring the universe of movement since having acquired her first pair of poi at the Berkeley Farmer's Market one Saturday in 1999 (thank you Isaac of Phoenix Rising). Her unique style has influenced numerous poi dancers, several of whom have surpassed any of her personal poi accomplishments, such as pioneering premier poi schools and performing as lead Cirque du Soleil fire dancers. While she can't take credit for having invented the concept of a stick-on-a-string, Prisna independently began dancing and expressing herself with the flow-wand, a tool that has gained popularity around the world from Singapore to San Francisco to Sweden. She seeks to continue bringing stunning and inspiring tools for self-expression to the world.
Meet the Elves
Homegrown in the Bay Area, Savvy has bounced around Northern Cali until finally settling in San Francisco at the beginning of 2009. Upon finding herself in the middle of that big little city, she stumbled into a house full of artists while pursuing a cute boy. He turned out to be an awesome friend, and she found a couple of poi artists - with some graffiti and sculpture going on as well. She watched them play, paint and burn, and did her best to keep themselves from lighting themselves on fire for a couple years. In 2010 she finally found her way to Burning Man. She saw that poi was not the ONLY tool for flow, and was enthralled by the double staves. She made a set out of some dowels and bike tubes as soon as she got home.
In flow, she felt like she was at home. She could move however she wanted, make all the pretty patterns, feel her breath, her body, her soul reflected back at her in every movement. She decided this practice was something she could play with for a lifetime. She finally leveled up and bought some glow doubles from Sean in 2011. Shortly after that she had a friend of a friend make her some fire staves the morning after a crazy party in Santa Barbara. Since then she's been playing with lights, and fire and dancing at every opportunity.
When asked if interested in working for Flowtoys at the turn of 2013, all that she could think was DUH!!!!!. Sean and Prisna reached out not terribly long after (though it did feel like forever) and the next thing she knew she was the warranty elf. Once she was able to keep her head above water at the office, they let her start bringing her dog (Shenko) to work. Shenko now runs the whole place with Kiro - they are a dangerous pair.
Now Sav helps flowsters figure out whats wrong with their stuff. And sends them new stuff when they need it. And generally does her best to make their days awesome whenever possible. =-D
Erol’s journey with the flow arts began a long time ago, at a camp site far, far away.
Glowsticks, shoelaces, and a wide range of physically painful learning experiences were his guides through his first year. It was not until Erol discovered flowlights (Sol and Nebula in particular) that he really began to invest his time and money into developing himself as a flow artist. It definitely helped that crystal cases really reduced the number of self-inflicted injuries, and were a lot more forgiving than glowsticks!
His life truly changed after his first fire festival experience at FireDrums 2010 where his love of the art from began to manifest itself. Then, once he ended up meeting his soul sister (Isa ‘Glittergirl’ Isaacs, Temple of Poi) at a San Francisco renegade fire jam, and he knew he was in it for life. Through the Isa and the Temple, he was exposed to the fire community as a whole, developed his love for teaching poi, and became involved in LED and fire performance. Four Union Square Fire Dancing Expos, two SF flow shows, and a multitude of paid gigs later Erol now considers himself a representative of the flow art culture, and a continuing advocate for presenting flow arts to the rest of the world.
Since he was a kid, comic books and superheroes were his role models. Now, with the help of Flowtoys, he can finally be the superhero that he always wanted to be!
Tim first found his flow through longboarding in Southern California, where the sun is out and the pavement is slick. Driven by the rush of speeding down hills and empty parking garages, he’s been in pursuit of the constant peak ever since.
When he moved to the Bay Area for school, one of the final decision makers was the awesome terrain that would become his daily commute through campus. It was here he was able to gear his studies towards the psychology of flow, and how human happiness translates across the globe. He was absolutely joyous to learn that “flow” was a thing, and has been studied for decades.
Kendama was actually his first form of prop manipulation. After watching a video of Dave Mateo catching a ball in a cup with such style and attitude, he knew he needed to get his hands on one. Kendama was yet another outlet for him, albeit much safer than skating.
As the flowmies know, the constant chase for optimal experience through movement and prop manipulation becomes a lifestyle. One of never-ending learning, teaching, loving, and of course, buying more props.
A freshly graduated little sam left his mountain top nest in Colorado in search of adventure in the big city. Only to be brought straight to his first flow jam that very first weekend. Enamored by the shapes and light, sam decided big kids toys are awesome, and built his first staff, which was an utter failure.
Being the industrious type, and having a practiced craftsman hand building cardboard weapons in the garage growing up. He set to work refining his staff. Twenty or so iterations later, and lots of gifting his prototypes, he had created a small community of fellow staff spinners and realized the immense value each individual toy adds to the world.
With a mountain of staffs in tow, Sam went to travel the country in search of more flow artists, and happened upon the now flowtoys elves Savanna and Erol and made a trade - 1 staff for a his first set of poi. Which began 10 years of travel, love, community, research and exploration into spin geometry and prop design.
These days the now Samwise spins double meteors of his own design, and over the years has fallen in love with flowtoys entire product line. Not only were flowtoys components the most ideal for creating his perfect LED meteor rig, but after 10 years trying everything, flowtoys products are simply the best, nothing else even comes close.
When the opportunity to join the flowship enterprise became a reality, he jumped at it. Intent to turn his 10 year passion into a profession spreading his greatest love and helping share flow, and his favorite props with the world!
Jen is a weird, spooky little artist-type who has happily joined the flowtoys team in hopes of being a majorly helpful asset in as many arenas as possible. Though much isn’t known about this creature’s backstory, we do know that she must have been raised in Texas or Louisiana due to her insatiable hunger for mudbugs and malt vinegar products. However, a substantial amount of information is known about her 'son', a conure (parrot) named Bugpig, as she talks about him incessantly.
Purportedly, she went to art school on the east coast, where she learned to dye her hair and put holes in her head. She might have also learned how to do some art stuff there, most likely to do with animation and illustration. When asked about her hobbies, she explodes into a cloud of black spores that instantly dissolve into any nearby shadows.
Extensive research on the internet has given us insight into some of her interests, however, which include things such as “small animals that cannot comprehend their own smallness” and “sad animes with bad endings.”
New to the Bay, Caio (Cow) Hamon is the definition of "chillaxed". Coming from the little-big town of Redding in northern Cali, he enjoys spending his time away from work dancing in clubs, gloving for his friends, and exploring his new surroundings. Always welcome to new faces and experiences, Cow opens his arms for a Bay-sized hug, who's in?
Brian Thompson has been making, vending and inspiring with flow toys since 2009. Currently living and training at The Vulcan Studios, Brian spends his time with club juggling, hoop isolation, contact staff, sporthocker and any other type of juggling he can get his hands on.
Dyami’s journey in flow arts began when he first picked up poi on the beaches of Santa Cruz, California in 2006. He has always been fascinated by fire and dance and has found the flow arts to be a wonderful medium of creative expression and a way to bring people together. He is a long time flow arts teacher and has performed with various fire dance troupes including Kinetica and Nocturnal Sunshine. He has been working with Flowtoys since early 2018 and also works as a Massage Therapist.
Hailing from the East Coast, Chachi first discovered the flow arts in 2012 after seeing glow spinners at a show. He attended Great North in Maine where he first saw firespinning after picking up a pair of podpoi in 2013 - he was hooked.
A year later he was spinning with the Fire Conclave at Burning Man and made his transition to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way he picked up balls, sticks, and CLUBS!(a personal favorite)
On the west coast he has continued to pursue his passion of movement through object manipulation by attending flow arts and juggling festivals, teaching flow arts at music festivals, and helping to run a weekly firejam. An avid collector of cool tricks and good times, if you catch him in the wild a good way to capture his attention is with a flashy trick.
Ira is a Jeweler and crafts-person by trade. Apprenticing under MixMaster Global-J, building props as one of the Elves of Flowtoys has been an integral part of Ira's creative journey in the Bay Area.
Ira began juggling with his feet more than a decade ago with the Magic Orb more commonly known as a HackySack. Between the bobs and weaves, precision pirouettes, and the ability to redirect everyday objects with his mind, various movement styles came from this activity that introduced Ira to the Flow State. Snowboarding since a teenager became the ultimate conduit for the flow state-of-mind.
Ira fell into a dance community -Slipmat Science- based in Bend Oregon that strongly influenced his interest in a Robo-Liquid-Pop street styles, bass music, and making jewelry. During this period the Fork came into play. For six years Ira has been a trickster and found juggling a Fork on stage or in the sweet-spot of Funktion One speakers, using it for style and a platform to interact with others and the world at large.
At first glance of someone spinning fire in the desert, Ira gathered materials to make his first set of fire poi. Momentum picked up once he was introduced to the Dragon Staff; the push and pull of the Dragon Staff really assisted in all things fire. Double staves, fire fans, fire forks have followed suit. Juggling clubs and riding Air-wheels have naturally occurred in the orbit of the FlowSpace and currently has Ira hooked in major way. One can find this Wildcat breathing fire at Lake Merritt during Friday Night Lights, Full Moon fire jams, and West Coast Festivals.
Luca is the son of a fiction author and a professional stunt man. So naturally was destined to be an artist. Unfortunately with hands too clumsy for fine arts and a rampant curiosity that kept him from settling in a single discipline, finding his niche seemed impossible. That is until he found two crafts that seemed to just fit. Flowarts, and Magic.
Today Luca is a self styled one man circus, traveling to festivals around the world to perform for audiences of all walks of life. Dabbling in everything from acrobatics to juggling to sleight of hand & physical comedy. When he's not building toys, you can find him juggling and balancing them. Just keep a close eye, even without sleeves this friendly prankster gots tricks hidden somewhere ;)
Born in San Francisco, Raph grew up skateboarding and making videos. He has always had a passion in learning and creating new tricks to take his videos to the next level.
In 2007 Raph saw the sign and discovered the flow experience. He saw sign spinning for the first time and was inspired to become a professional sign spinner. Since then he has competed in the World Sign Spinning Championships and helped cultivate the art and sport of sign spinning. He has explored a multitude of disciplines to develop his sign flow, drawing influence from extreme sports, martial arts, and object manipulation which lead him to the flow arts.
After studying International Business at SFSU, he joined flowtoys in 2019 and continues his spin journey.