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About Us

The Hive, South Pasadena, is passionate about making, helping, and healing. 

That is what brings us together.

Emily Cline

Emily has many roles in life: mom, daughter, sister, friend, feline lover, chocolate eater. Her passion is creating.

Studying at Art Center in Pasadena, NY, Oregon, Mexico, England, Emily grew passionate about the creative + healing properties of art journaling. For 10+ years, she has taught art classes in schools, private homes, garages, shops, online, and in NY and LA, and for SPEF. She's soon collaborating with Pasadena Village.

Emily has dreamed of this shop + studio gathering space for ever and a day. Learn more about her and her work at:          Emily Cline Art

Emily Cline

Jill Brenek

Jill Brenek

Jill is passionate about Zen and zazen (Zen meditation). She began studying Zen Buddhism in 2015 at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, an internationally renowned, fully accredited Zen Buddhist Training Center nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. After embarking on her own life changing journey through meditation, Jill began teaching Zen meditation and her company, THE STILL HUMMINGBIRD, was born.


Other passions include studying mindfulness, being in nature, journaling, playing singing bowls, and performing sound baths. Jill has a BA in Theater Arts and worked as an actress for several decades. She is adamant about destigmatizing mental illness and advocates for stricter gun control legislation. Free time includes playing soccer, dabbling in watercolors, and attending music festivals as often as possible.


Jill is grateful THE STILL HUMMINGBIRD found a cozy nook in the Hive where she can teach meditation and mindfulness, explore the healing effects of sound baths, and connect like minded people. Check out Jill and her company at

Saida Staudenmaier

Saida “Mama Saydi” Staudenmaier is a multimedia artist, maker, makeup artist, and obsessive letter writer. She is a graduate of Cal Arts with a degree in theater scenic design. Rather than wearing her heart on her sleeve, Saida prefers to hang her heart on the wall, creating a narrative with visual storytelling in its many forms. For the past twenty years, Saida has worked as a makeup artist for print, television, and films. As a makeup artist, Saida enjoys enhancing natural beauty, seeing the transformation make someone feel empowered and confident. Saida also enjoys teaching art in its many forms as a way of holding space for her students to express themselves while developing their own creative vocabulary. She is excited to share techniques exploring many mediums with her fellow artists and students at The Hive, encouraging them to hang their artistic hearts, with hers, on the wall. See some of her work:

Saidi Staudenmaier

+ Guests!

Part of the joy that comes with having a co-operative - style studio is the brilliance of its guests. We welcome guest teachers and speakers of all sorts -- everything from Soul Collage, to bookmaking, to faerie houses, ceramics, leather work, stained glass, printing,...

We'll do workshops for all sorts of unique ways of making. You never know just who is going to stop by!

P.S. If you have a class you want to share, email us.

TJ Teems

Some of the incredible recent and recurring instructors at The Hive, South Pasadena include (left to right):  TJ Teems, Debby Weiss, Rogene Manas, Chantal Donnelly, Sharon Carlsen.

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