Amy Tingle has been a maker since she can remember. Her first creative project most likely involved constructing something out of acorns, flower petals, and moss. Her previous careers include elementary and middle school teacher, bartender, managing editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, freelance writer and editor, and most recently, being the mother of two amazing teenage boys. Her Instagram biography encapsulates her life in short - human, mother, artist, a lover of: words, magic, kindness, and a Ninja poetess named Maya.
In 2010, sensing a need in her community to make creative expression more accessible, Amy founded BraveGirlsArt (unbeknownst to her, Melody Ross was across the country making dreams come true for adult Brave Girls!). Amy believed girls needed to hear the message that creativity was a form of self-empowerment. Her first Saturday morning class was an invitation to the young participants to tap into their creativity, share ideas, find common ground, and discover new and exciting ways to express themselves. A lot of glitter and spray paint was involved.
Amy’s most recent personal artistic endeavor was to join The 100 Day Project on Instagram. The purpose of the project is to encourage people to create something every day for 100 days and publicly document it. Amy gave birth to a body of work during the 100 days and is currently looking for a home to showcase her “100 Days of Paint Chip Collages.”
“Tingle” was actually Amy’s middle name at birth. Somewhere along the way she decided it suited her best and moved it front and center.
Together, Amy and Maya are Food for the Soul Train, a mobile creativity business headquartered in northern New Jersey, and occasionally housed in a vintage caravan nicknamed Maude. They facilitate art and writing workshops for children and adults, and design events and experiences that stimulate playful investigation, inspire collaboration, and build community.