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.
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!
After a few years of pursuing her dream of living in the Bay Area, Christina found her way to Oakland in February 2015. She'd been hooping on and off for about a year before that, and after attending a music festival that spring, she truly discovered the flow arts. Feeling inspired after that festival, she decided to put more time into flow, and it has been incredibly beneficial in all aspects of her life.
It wasn't until after a solo trip to Southeast Asia did Christina discover flowtoys. Now she is learning all the ways of being a Customer Care elf. She is also learning contact staff and is very excited about it!
In her free time, Christina likes to do outdoorsy things, attend musical events, dabble in photography, and hopes to adopt a cat soon.
She loves seeing notes on customer orders, so write her something and she’ll send some love back :)
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?
An Oakland native, Matt took a surprisingly long time to get into the festival scene. As a Kandi Kid, he learned about shuffling and once he started he couldn’t stop. When he’s not shuffling, you’ll catch him gaming in all forms, eating sushi, nerding out over technology, techno and scify, and maybe even at an anime convention. He's been described as a “techno hippy.” He’s learning how to spin poi and is very excited about exploring the many forms of flow!
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.
Raised in the Central Valley, 'GlobalJ' is a Bay Area native. A collector of fine music and skills, John is most highly esteemed for his status as "Pretty much the best glowstringer in the whole darn world". When Global J isn't spinning his sticks, he's spinning records, perfecting audiovisual mastery, and optimizing.