Adrienne L Wiley has over 15 years combined experience in wholesale and retail. She is the owner of Frolick Accessories, a wholesale line of jewelry and handbags. Frolick is carried in over 800 retailers both nationwide and abroad. Wiley is also the owner of Covet. A specialty chain of five boutiques that carry apparel, accessories, and gifts with a focus on local design. There are three locations of Covet in San Francisco, as well as a location in Palm Springs, California, and an outpost at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage, California. Adrienne is also the author of Adventures in Wholesale, a book to help prepare designers and brands to navigate the world of tradeshows and wholesale selling.
Allison Rosen is a crafty girl at heart: Her first business, at nine years old, was selling pom-pom animals with googly eyes. Many years later, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Concordia University in Montreal. In 2002, with a master’s degree in accountancy, she and her new husband moved to Berkeley, CA, where she worked as an auditor and controller for a number of firms. During this time, Allison rediscovered her love of craft and jumped headlong into paper crafting and mixed media before settling on quilting. After the birth of her twins, her accounting career continued to grow and she began blogging and podcasting at Within A Quarter Inch. In 2008, she and her new family moved to Athens, OH, where it became clear her son had some serious disabilities. Allison left her finance position at Ohio University to raise her twins full-time and figure out what would help her son the most. She started a social website for quilters called SeamedUP, which she ran with a partner for three years before selling the site and taking a position in internet marketing with C&T Publishing. Now living in Wilmington, NC, with 9-year-old twins, Allison is finally working for herself as The Crafty Controller, an accountancy firm that serves indie crafters.
Amber Long is the creative mind behind This Little Bird where she makes zippered pouches and indulges her garment making addiction. She is passionate about the creative community and all things handmade. Some of her work has been featured in Chickpea Magazine and Cross Stitcher. When she isn’t sewing or on Instagram, she is hanging out with her rescue cats and planning adventures with her husband.
Amy Tangerine is proof that you can craft a life you love. Founder Amy Tan turned her sewing hobby into an award-winning hand-stitched T-shirt line featured in retail outlets worldwide, and developed a full-time business from her passion for scrapbooking. Fueled by an adventurous spirit and a desire to make memory keeping accessible and fun, she has taught creative workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and her online classes and YouTube videos have inspired thousands of people around the world. When she isn’t working on new designs for her signature collections with American Crafts, sharing her joy of crafting at celebrity scrapbooking events, or helping her consulting clients to reach their potential, Amy is living the other half of the life she loves in Los Angeles, California, with her long-time partner, JC; their son, Jack; and two mischievous Jack Russell terriers, Buster and Bamboo.
Anna Joyce is a professional designer, teacher and the author of Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand. Her work has been featured in print in Real Simple, Anthology, and Lucky magazines, and online on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, and sfgirlbybay. A finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, she sells her work on Etsy (where she has more than 15,000 followers) and through online shops and boutiques around the country. Visit her website at annajoycedesign.com.
Anne Weil is the creative voice behind Flax & Twine. A lover of beautiful things, she designs charming knit and crochet patterns and simple DIY crafts for the modern maker. Her signature style is bright and clean, with gorgeous photography and step-by-step instructions that can be followed with ease. Find Anne’s book, “Knitting Without Needles,” a Potter Craft title, to immerse yourself in chunky, stylish arm and finger knit patterns. Find Anne in her Denver studio relishing joyful making moments that really make her heart sing! Follow Anne: FacebookTwitterInstagram
Arianne Foulks is a storyteller, idea-hatcher, and optimistic yaysayer. She is captain and founder of Aeolidia, a web and graphic design studio that has been working with creative, design-oriented shops since 2004. Aeolidia serves those at early stages on their path with an informative blog and supportive community, and meets established businesses at that tipping point where strategic design can be transformative and cause exponential growth.
Aeolidia is one of the highest ranked Shopify Experts featured on shopify.com, and Aeolidia alumni include Emily McDowell, Rifle Paper Co., and the Renegade Craft Fair. The custom websites Aeolidia creates have a reputation for transforming businesses, taking them to the next step, and resulting in substantial increases to online sales. Arianne’s weekly newsletter for online shop owners has been described by a reader as, “the one email I look forward to, as I know the info propels me forward!”
Arianne has been interviewed by Design*Sponge, Etsy, Tara Gentile for CreativeLive, and Thrive By Design, among others. Her advice and tips have been included in course work for Lucky Break’s Brick House Branding, and Flourish & Thrive’s Laying the Foundation. Arianne has spoken and taught at Nearly Impossible, Altitude Summit, Maker Mentors, Schoolhouse Craft, and many other creative business conferences and events, and she’s looking forward to chatting with you about your “big little” business!
Ashley Nickels is a quilter, crafter, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up surrounded by quilters—making her first nine-patch at age eight—and was designing handbags by high school. Ashley spent the first ten years of her career as a classroom teacher in Spain and San Francisco, learning the ins and outs of designing captivating learning experiences for both teachers and students. Ashley now works full time in the creative community, teaching in-person and online sewing and quilting classes, running her small handmade business, Alphabet Summer Handmade, and constantly looking to connect with other creatives. You can learn more about Ashley and her work at www.alphabetsummer.com.
Brandi Chalker has a hard time not turning all her crafty hobbies into businesses. She started her first jewelry design business at age 16, and eventually opened a handcrafted gift boutique in San Francisco. Now, through Sunshine & Succulents, she creates succulent terrariums (or tiny magical worlds, as she likes to think of them) and teaches plant design workshops. She recently launched a new venture, TeamCraft, to expand her team building workshop offerings for her awesome corporate clients, which include Facebook, Google, Instagram, and others. She’s also a freelance bookkeeper, with a focus on helping creative entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Dana Walsh is the event and community coordinator at Weebly. While based in NYC, Dana travels across the country to work with some of Weebly’s 30 million users. Last year, both Dana and Kim led the Weebly ‘Like a Boss’ Bus Tour across the southeast to help 1,000 Americans get signed up and online with Weebly!
Delilah Snell is a workshop instructor, lecturer on environmental education, food sustainability, and small businesses, and the co-founder Dear Handmade Life. She’s also the co-owner of Alta Baja Market, a market and deli celebrating the flavors and makers above and below the US-Mexico border. She’s appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, NPR’s Marketplace, and is a frequent guest on Southern California news outlets. She currently consults on event production, small-scale food business, food crafting and is an active voice in her community of Santa Ana, California.
From graphic design (working on products and logos) to visual merchandising to art workshops and art exhibitions to photography, Eloisa has experienced art as a companion for most of her life. She teaches colour workshops at The Makery Craft Co. in Irvine, CA and owns the style and home accessories e-shop Liberita Collective. While primarily painting with watercolour, she has created mixed media drawings, and acrylic works. Her art is an expression of herself and how she views the world around her. She believes that art should always speak for itself.
Emily is a pyrographer, Southern California native and former interior decorator who turned her passion for design into a thriving business. As a mom to two, she discovered a love for wood burning from home and soon after opened her Etsy shop, The Blonde Moose, named after her blonde-haired daughter, Madison, who is nick-named Moose. Emily now runs her business from home, making home goods that speak to her love for interior design through the art of wood burning. She enjoys taking part of local craft shows, pop-up events, and teaching wood burning workshops.
Erin Wilder is a visual artist and avid crafter living in Orange County, CA. She received her BA in Studio Art from Cal State Fullerton with a focus in the ceramic arts. Her passion is figurative ceramic and mixed media sculpture; she loves celebrating and emphasizing the beauty of the female form in clay. Lately she’s been focusing her creative energies on the event design world, and has experience in planning, crafting, and coordinating weddings and other events. She does floral arrangements, she builds backdrops, she sews; she does styling for creative photo shoots, and even a little modeling too! She loves helping people conceptualize their creative ideas and transform them into beautiful realities. She spends the rest of her time laughing at her husband’s jokes and snuggling her pups.
I have been practicing yoga as long as I have been crafting, which would be since childhood. I gave myself the gift of yoga teacher training as an awesome B-Day gift, and have been teaching ever since. I love teaching yoga, meditation and breath work. My goal is to share yoga as an all-inclusive activity that everybody can enjoy. When I’m not doing yoga (the other 23 hours of each day) I enjoy sewing, crafting of all kinds, hanging with my friends and family and wrangling my rescue dogs, hiking, full moon journaling, recycling, anime, anything positive and empowering, and wine…;) I’ve also been an Education Coordinator for 17 years; it pays the bills but really has nothing to do with yoga teaching….
Holly Marsh is a maker and nerd living on the Oregon Coast in Goonieville, aka, Astoria. She is the owner and designer of MarshMueller, a line of quirky, yet necessary accessories for babies and their parents. She is attracted to Japanese fabrics and textiles in funky and weird prints. She has a background as a Buyer for a national retailer and a locally owned independent fabric store. She also has a background in branding from her work in private label branding for a national retailer. Her products have been sold in Made in Oregon locations, Powell’s Books, among many others. During her free time (HA! What’s that??), she can be found playing with her two boys, attending Portland Timbers matches (the soccers for those not in the know), or hunting for the latest fabric for her line.
Isaac Watson is a Portland-based community organizer, event planner, and founder of Maker’s Nation—a nonprofit providing business education and support for the maker community. He’s passionate about finding your people, building lasting relationships, and thinking about the big picture for your small business. His first foray into the maker world was with a handmade jewelry business back in 2008. As he engaged with the maker community, he discovered that his passion is helping other makers ensure that their business is as strong and beautiful as their craft is. He launched and spearheaded a three-year, Etsy-sponsored community project offering professional development and networking opportunities to Portland-based makers, gave up his handmade business in 2011, and founded Maker’s Nation in 2012 to carry on the work he enjoyed so much when the Etsy project ended. In addition, Isaac is currently Director of Strategic Programming with the Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters. He also designs and produces world-class conference and community experiences for small business champions including author Chris Guillebeau and business strategist Tara Gentile.
Jason Baum is the Director of Membership at the Association For Creative Industries(AFCI) Jason leads all aspects of the Associations’ Membership Department where his main focus is delivering the best membership experience possible to all CHA members, and in guiding AFCI’s programs and benefits as the association continually improves to better serve an ever changing creative products industry. Prior to his role in Membership, Jason had been a member of the Marketing Team at AFCI for several years and has over 11 years of experience in the association world.
Jenny Hart is a Los Angeles-based fine artist and embroidery designer. In 2001 she independently launched a revolutionary design company Sublime Stitching, offering contemporary embroidery patterns, updated educational resources, innovative tools, threads and textiles. Since then, Jenny has become an internationally recognized fine artist and designer. She is an award-winning author of seven titles for Chronicle Books including Embroidered Effects.
Her works have been exhibited and published internationally and are included in public and private collections of note, including the estate of Elizabeth Taylor and the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery. She has appeared on national and international television, been interviewed on Martha Stewart Radio, and her work has appeared in countless magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Nylon, Spin, The Face, Juxtapoz, The New York Times Magazine and the cover of The Washington Post Magazine. Most recently, Hart’s embroidery work was commissioned by Penguin Books UK for the Penguin By Hand series of book covers for Sarah Blake’s novel The Postmistress. Her work has been noted in multiple art books of cultural surveys, most recently including The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History (Bloomsbury).
Her work has been included in group shows alongside artists Alighiero Boetti, John Baldessari and Laura Owens, and she has undertaken collaborations with Mark Allen and developed experimental embroidery workshops in Los Angeles with Machine Project, the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
In addition to running Sublime Stitching and her studio work, she teaches in and around Los Angeles. In 2013 she conceived a series of workshops called Embroidering in Architecture to allow participants the opportunity to sit and embroider in an architecturally significant and inspiring setting. Locations have included Neutra’s VDL house in Silverlake, Greene and Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena and the Boddy Mansion at Descanso Gardens.
In 2012, American Art Museum curator Nicholas Bell stated in the 40 Under 40 exhibition catalog: “Embroidery in the United States is unexpectedly in revival due in large part to the efforts of Jenny Hart.”
Jenny divides her time between her private art studio in Newhall, California and Sublime Stitching’s office in Los Angeles.
Jenny Kraten has been called a “Craft Ninja” by those in her wheelhouse. With a background in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Jenny has always had a passion for fashion. Nowadays, Jenny is passionate about all-things-print and has over 15 years experience of Screen Printing from a DIY standpoint. Jenny has recently fallen in love with the art of letterpress and makes various printed goods using vintage type blocks and her trusty press, “Maybel”. Jenny is inspired by good design, thinks that all dresses should have pockets, and that you can never have enough good coffee.
Jessica Marquez is an author, photographer, teacher, content creator and full-time creative maker behind the handmade shop, Miniature Rhino. Jessica’s work has been featured in dozens of print publications, and countless lovely blogs like Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy and Refinery 29. In 2008 Jessica earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Imaging Art (Photography) and while there started to teach herself embroidery. It was a side project that grew into a full blown passion and eventually an online shop, workshop series and book (Stitched Gifts, Chronicle Books, 2012). Since 2009 Jessica has created modern, original patterns inspired by natural history and science for her online shop. She has taught workshops with Etsy, Purl Soho, Squam Art Workshops, Brooklyn Craft Camp, Make Workshop and has two online Craftsy classes (Design it Stitch it: Hand Embroidery and Product Photography at Home) with over 10,000 students. Last year, Jessica was selected by major retailers to attend the first ever Etsy Open Call event to pitch her line and received orders from Nordstrom, Walker Arts Center and Land of Nod. Her work is also carried in boutique shops and retailers across the country. In addition to running her shop Jessica is a DIY contributor to Design*Sponge, and teaches classes and workshops throughout New York. If she’s not making something she’s probably teaching her three rescue cats tricks, like how to high five or walking with her rescue pup, Kuma, who’s got her own passport and traveled all the way from Thailand to New York.
Jessica Swift, a full-time artist, surface pattern designer, and writer, is on a quest to inspire creative people everywhere to pursue their wild + colorful dreams… and never give up. Her magically uplifting, colorful artwork is licensed widely for iPhone cases, fabric, stationery, rugs, and more. Her art and products are designed to serve as tokens of happiness — reminders that you need (and deserve) to feel GOOD in your life. Her book, The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns, was published in April 2015. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, baby boy, and two cats, and you can find her colorfully creating and blogging online at JessicaSwift.com.
Joan Goodspeed is the host of Break + Remake, a sustainable craft show. When dreaming up projects, she considers the creative challenge and the impact craft materials have on the planet. Using thrifted, upcycled and vintage supplies, Joan teaches crafters to be more sustainably mindful. Joan Goodspeed has an MFA in Costume Design from CSU, Long Beach with experience as a professional dyer and costume shop manager. Her training has paid off because she was awarded the Silver Medal in the made-up Craft Olympics for Fabric Folding by Amber from Damask Love. Click here to subscribe to Break + Remake.
Kelly Affleck started her creative career over 20 years ago as a Graphic Designer winning multiple design awards for clients such as Disney, Volkswagen and London Fog Industries. In 2004 Kelly left the corporate world and started using her creative passion towards building her own creative brand “tomato tomato“. Tomato-Tomato has been an ongoing creative journey that has now landed itself in a brick and mortar location in Renton Washington. Kelly’s working studio environment hosts classes for kids and adults of all ages and abilities.
Kendal is a California transplant from her original roots, Washington D.C. When she graduated Clemson University with her BFA, she immediately began her career as a photographer in the Metropolitan area photographing weddings, events and lifestyle imagery. In addition to her full time job, she began her blog, “Crazy in Lovejoy,” (primitively known as Metropolitan Thread), a creative outlet that allows her to express her love for fashion, design, and photography. In 2014, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles, where she began her career in Social Media and Content Management for a one for one stationery brand. This experience has allowed her to explore both ends of the spectrum from an influencers perspective, to a brands perspective. She now works as a freelance artist for her new company, Lovejoy Studiosfocusing on content creation and brand strategy.
Kiffanie Stahle is a photographer, fellow creative business owner, and lawyer living in Oakland, California. She’s on a mission to teach creative entrepreneurs that the law doesn’t have to equal scary. Her unique approach cuts out the legalese, so you can focus on doing what you love. When she’s not chatting law, she’s probably in her garden, her kitchen, or if it is summertime catching a Giants baseball game.
Kimberly Taylor-Pestell is the artist and owner of Lacelit, a stationery and home goods company featuring ink and watercolor illustration, freehand patterns and hand lettering. Lacelit is all about sending intentionality through the post and creating gentle starting points for meaningful connection through pen and paper. Having discovered her passion for art several years after college had come and gone, she is mostly self-taught and delights in the imperfect symmetry of drawing and painting freehand. She recently illustrated and hand-lettered Sage Words, a book of poetry by Jet Widick, and is currently wrapping up production on its companion book, Sage Spirit (Feb. 2017). Her work can be found online and in brick-and-mortar shops, and was recently featured in Stationery Trends Magazine. Kimberly resides in Monrovia, California, with her lovely husband and calico tabby. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, knitting, working with instant film and composing for piano.
When it comes to teaching creatives how to build an empire, Lela Barker has a simple philosophy: beneath every successful maker lies a solid business foundation. As the founder of Bella Lucce, an award-winning international beauty brand distributed through 1,300 spas and the mind behind Lucky Break Consulting, Lela is wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace. Drawing on more than a decade of experience as a successful maker, Lela’s magic lies in distilling complicated business concepts down to their essence, especially in the areas of product pricing, brand development and wholesale strategy. She’s seen firsthand the power of nailing down these important facets of business as creatives strive to build sustainable brands that ignite their passion, put food on the table and make the world a more beautiful place. One client recently christened her the “Mother Theresa of Makers” while another described her “as the best business decision I’ve ever made.” Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than ninety print publications worldwide and her “LBU: Secrets to Wholesale Success” program sells out within days each time registration opens, welcoming emerging entrepreneurs from Australia to California. She teaches frequently, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and mud huts in Africa and *almost* everywhere in between. When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find Lela collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising four children. She believes in girl power, second chances, fab shoes and dark chocolate. Lela lives in South Carolina with her family and a small army of pets.
Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist who moonlights as a graphic designer and professor. She currently teaches at San Francisco State University in the Art Department. In her work, she often questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity and personal histories through the exploration of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts. A “happa” [1/2 Japanese, 1Ž2 Caucasian] she feels as though hybridization is consistently at play in her work. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College, and has exhibited her work in national and international venues. In 2015, with Christine Buckton Tillman, she mounted a huge site specific installation of all kinds of objects sent to them by the public. Ordered by color, the exhibition CHROMA will be on view at Rare Device in the summer of 2016. She recently illustrated 20 Ways to Draw a Chair and 44 Other Interesting Everyday Things [Quarry]. With over 900 illustrations, it was the biggest illo job she’s ever tackled. She had a monograph of her artwork published by MIEL press in 2013, is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry 2012]. She has also been an artist in residence at the Ulrich Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, Kala Art Institute and most recently Irving Street Projects where she worked on a social practice project entitled The Keepsake Project. In addition to her professional art career, she has owned/run/partnered in several crafty businesses. The latest is MODify/d in which she and a friend re-purpose and upcycle garments and fabric directly from industry partners to create cute and functional objects for people, their kids, their homes and their pets. Lisa shares a home with her husband, her young daughter, a pit bull a long haired dachshund mutt , 2 three-legged kitties, and many many spools of thread. She has a lovely garden, is obsessed with polaroids, and has a kick-ass studio in her backyard that she marvels daily is hers.
Lucy Scinta has been successfully teaching serger techniques for the last 20 years. Think about that – two decades of not just using a serger, but teaching it to untold others too! It all started with a gift of a serger from her parents 25 years ago. Being self-taught, she learned from the “school of hard knocks” – a very effective way to learn, but one which she can help you avoid. Over the years, she’s developed highly practical serger techniques for constructing clothing, reversible quilts and many quick gifts on the serger. She delights in teaching students on their own sergers, especially if they’ve been in the back of their closets for several years. If you have a serger then you just have to take to her classes! Do you have a serger? – then you need to meet Lucy.
M.J. Kocovski is a graphic and product designer, former teacher, mom to three, wife, and passionate human. She started her site, Pars Caeli meaning piece of heaven, in 2012 where she shares creative kid and home projects and DIYs. After developing her first product with The Land of Nod in 2014, she opened her own online shop Good in Store where she sells shirts, prints, and cards with a lot of heart.
Eighth grade art class introduced me to art and I haven’t been the same since. I went on to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art. It was being at home with children that pushed me into working with textiles. And it was my interest in fabric that led me to explore dyeing and patterning fabric. For several years I worked primarily as a fiber artist and was lucky enough to be included in some very prestigious shows and publications among which were Visions, Quilt National, and Fiberarts: Design Book 7. Fast forward a few years and I’m making more functional textiles, designing fabric for Moda Fabrics, teaching and lecturing, and writing two books, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration. I’ve also done design work for a bunch of other craft books and magazines and taught workshops across the country as well as online via Craftsy and CreativeLive. These days my focus has shifted to creating and selling beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand dyed and patterned cotton fabrics, both quilting and apparel weight, to home sewers, designing sewing and quilting patterns to compliment those fabrics, and selling those items both online and at retail shows like QuiltCon and the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. I use an ancient process, batik or wax resist, to create modern fabric ideal for patchwork or garments. I love the intensity and luminosity of color this method affords. This saturation is created by soaking the fabric for long hours, often overnight. Add to that, these fabrics retain that rich hue even after many washings.They truly take your project to the next level. That bit of patchwork or skirt becomes something that’s been crafted. It feels special above and beyond the fact that you sewed it yourself. Corny as this sounds, I think it’s kind of magical.
Mallory Whitfield has been blogging since 2006 at MissMalaprop.com. Throughout her journey as a creative entrepreneur, Mallory has worn many hats, including blogger, visual artist, upcycled clothing creator, performance artist, jewelry designer, craft show vendor, creative strategist, speaker, teacher and consultant to other small business owners. Her book, How to Make Money at Craft Shows, is available on Amazon. By day, she specializes in SEO, social media, and content marketing as Content Analyst at FSC Interactive, a leading digital marketing agency in New Orleans.
Megan Eckman designs approachable embroidery for modern stitchers as the head designer and owner of Studio MME. Graduating with degrees in art and English, she turned her talents to helping others embrace their inner creativity through kits. Her whimsical embroidery kits are sold all over the country and in 2016 she partnered with DMC to create a custom line of embroidery kits for their Commonthread collection. She currently lives just outside Portland with her husband, Studio MME’s art director, and their cat, the CFO: Chief Feline Officer. And no, she can’t sew a French knot to save her life.
Mei Pak is a marketing strategist guiding and supporting small and creative business owners. She helps makers, artists and designers create a consistent income at Creative Hive Co. Business topics she is passionate about are PR & publicity, social media, wholesale, paid advertising, blogger outreach, pricing, branding, customer experience, web design and scaling up your biz without any capital. Mei also runs Tiny Hands, a line of handmade, scented food jewelry in Minneapolis, MN with her small team of assistants. She sells in over a hundred stores across the US, has been featured on Parks and Recreation, The Chew, inTouch Magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Design*Sponge, Hello Giggles, Incredible Things and has personally appeared on TV a number of times. Mei is an absolute foodie, loves sushi and chocolate (not at the same time) and adores wearing dresses.
Mimi Kirchner is a Boston-based artist, designer, and blogger who makes fabric art toys for grown-ups. Her original, one-of-a-kind artwork represent a range of characters from sweet babies to buff tattooed men. Each one is a mix of reclaimed, new, vintage and over-dyed fabrics and trims. They are meticulously crafted with hand-embroidery and applique details. The work was born out of the wealth of materials she acquired while clearing out 50 years worth of sewing fabrics and notions amassed by her mother. Her artwork has been in shows around the world, licensed with Land of Nod and West Elm,and has been featured in many books and magazine.
Miriam Dema makes modern handcrafted goods inspired by a love of adventure and exploration. She has been producing and selling things for 15+ years with a focus on printmaking and leather craft. She also runs a successful audio rental business with her husband keeping both her creative and business brain busy on a daily basis. Miriam makes everything she sells in her studio in the mountains above Los Angeles when she’s not out hiking or prowling a thrift store with friends for inspiration or playing with her Frenchie puppy Zeus who is quite the distraction.
Natasha Martin is a color-loving stylist and photographer, and the owner of Violet Tinder Studios. She works with businesses to create eye-catching images for social media and websites, and passionately believes that telling your story through beautiful photos and impactful content is a crucial component of growing your brand. She lives in Southern California with her family and when she’s not busy photographing and prop shopping, she loves to drink strong coffee and read Blind Gossip.
Nicole Stevenson is an illustrator and artist at Nicole Stevenson Studio, writer, teacher and creative business consultant as well as the co-founder of Dear Handmade Life, Patchwork Show and Craftcation Conference. Her path includes time as a street artist on the Venice Beach boardwalk, costume designer, DIY workshop instructor, co-founder of a non-profit that produced art shows benefiting charities, owner and designer of Random Nicole (an art-inspired clothing line carried at over 250 locations) and owner of craft workshop studio and retail store: The Craft Kitchen. She has a BA and MA in creative writing and is currently working on a nonfiction book about her adventures in creativity and entrepreneurship. When she’s not working, you may find her breaking up scuffles between her dog and chickens, couch crafting while watching a film she’s seen too many times to count, playing guitar with her husband, sitting in her backyard with good friends and a margarita while playing Cards Against Humanity or squeezing in time for a quick trip to a lovely place where people are scarce and trees are not.
Paige Kent has been involved with hand crafts for as long as she can remember. When she was 12 years old she discovered the wonders of yarn, through crochet, and she has never wanted to put the hook down. As she grew older, she continued to crochet and experiment with many yarn-based crafts. Her love of weaving began in the middle of her college curriculum, and since then she has continued to both practice and teach her crafts as frequently as possible.
Pam Garrison is an artist, crafter, teacher and general creative pursuit enthusiast. Her endless artistic curiosity has led to prolific creativity in many different mediums including art journaling, painting, stitching, hand lettering, doodling and more. Her artwork has been featured in numerous books and magazines and she teaches art classes all over the world as well as online for Creativebug and Cloth Paper Scissors. Pam lives in Southern California with her husband and two children where she pursues creativity on the daily. To learn more see her IG: @pamgarrison.
Rachel Mae Smith lives in Philadelphia. She loves do-able DIYS and strives to make crafting easy, fulfilling and fun over on her blog The Crafted Life. Her work has been featured on Design Sponge, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Garden, Martha Stewart Living and more. When she’s not pinning pictures, or brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and Instagramming all things colorful.
Robert Mahar is an artist and designer who develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects through high-quality video tutorials and in-person workshops. The crafty content he develops and presents to his YouTube viewers, online audience and workshop attendees is often rooted in nostalgia, and his talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist has gained him a loyal following. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. When he’s not working in his downtown Los Angeles studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur. Studio – Instagram – Pinterest – Twitter
Rosalie Gale makes Shower Art (waterproof art you can hang in your shower) & other curiosities under the name Ugly Baby. She owns a retail shop called Ugly Baby and La Ruin the historic Pike Place Market. She also recently acquired Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. She is currently obsessed with German board games, pattern design and free-motion embroidery.
Sam DeMello is the Training & Communications Manager at Weebly. Founded in 2007, Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful ecommerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high quality site and store that works brilliantly across any device.
Sarah Deragon is a self-taught professional portrait photographer residing in the Bay Area of California. After getting burned out at her day job, she picked up a camera in her 30’s and launched a business called, Portraits To The People, with her wife, Natalie. Within two years, PTTP was dominating the portrait photography sector in San Francisco with the “not so corporate headshot” and she has photographed tech founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, lawyers and especially loves working with creatives like Lisa Congdon and Tiffany Han. Her work can be been seen in Oprah Magazine, Bust, The Huffington Post and Refinery 29.
My name is Sarah Golden. I’m an artist and surface pattern designer living in Sacramento, California. Block printing is one of my favorite mediums to work in. Each design begins with a drawing, then transferred to a rubber block, carved, inked and printed. I also work in gouache, acrylic and watercolor. I print my own fabric to use in my handmade wardrobe and quilting projects. I have a deep love for Scandinavian design, a simple and clean aesthetic, vintage fabrics, geometrics and low volume prints. Chambray, linen and double gauze are my favorite fabrics, soft enough to wear against your neck (not itchy!) and lightweight enough to have a good drape is my go to. When I’m working on a painting or drawing, I’m always thinking about fabric, I’m basically just crazy for textiles.
Sarah Khandjian is the graphic designer turned crafty maker behind the DIY and lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She finds joy in creating beautiful things and helping others do the same. Sarah produces all of her own colorful, upbeat, instructional videos from her tiny home studio in Venice. When she’s not blogging or shooting a video she can be found at the ranch with her horse (her other passion).
Sé Reed has been a passionate small business advocate and educator since opening her first business in 2003. In 2007, she combined her small business knowledge with her background in web development and marketing to create Sé Reed Media, specializing in web development strategies and custom WordPress themes. Now, Reed helps small business owners create and implement strategies for on- and off-line business development through Sé Reed Media and as an award-winning business advisor with the Small Business Development Center – LA Regional Network. Reed speaks nationally to small business owners and consultants about small business, web development and marketing, including WordPress, ecommerce, social media, and SEO. Reed is also a regular cast member of WPwatercooler, a weekly webcast about WordPress with more than 4 million views.
Sharon Fain is the founder and director of Academy of Handmade (AHAS), a community of 350+ members which supports and celebrates makers through online and offline connections, special programming and an awards show. With over 15 years of marketing and PR experience, working with small businesses, nonprofits and creative business clients, she has made her passion of being a fangirl of makers into a profession! When she’s not geeking out about handmade businesses, she’s riding bikes with her husband or walking her dogs at her home in Los Angeles.
Sienne Mascarenas Diaz is a Los Angeles-based Illustrator and Art Educator. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration and Art Education, and a Credential in Art from California State University, Long Beach. Sienne shows and sells her own line of goods under the name Sienne Josselin, illustrates for a variety of brands and organizations and teaches classes/workshops all over California and abroad. She has many passions including: leading the Ladies Adventure Club, camping, hiking and making music. Sienne has worked and taught with many types of groups including girls rescued from sex trafficking, at-risk suicide LGBT youth and more. Sienne hopes that through teaching and sharing her work, art can be a tool for to inspire others in creative self-expression, exploration, different perspectives and discovery in the process.
Sonya Philip has always made things. It’s the way things were done in her family. As a self-taught artist, she enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. Four years ago, Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing, making dresses while documenting the process. Since then she has made it her mission to convince people to sew their own clothes by teaching classes and selling patterns. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family.
Artisan perfumer, Stacey Lazzara, loves working with the gorgeous palette of natural essences she carefully sources from all around the world. Her life long journey began over 2 decades ago at her first perfume class in the back of a little apothecary shop in Chicago. Since then she has founded Jade Daisy Perfumes, which is a small artisan perfume and soap line where she creates beautiful and unique fragrances. She loves creating new scent memories and sharing her passion for this beautiful art form with others.
Hello, I’m Stacy Wong. Design and creating have always been a part of my life. I’m a lifelong collector and inspired by all types of art and their respective textures – paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and even fiber. Many years ago, I started designing and creating a few handmade gifts/decor and sold them at local art fairs and retail boutiques. Many of these “little works of art” were products I couldn’t find in the baby/nursery/gift marketplace. My current product line, Stacy Wong Handmade is created in my home studio in Manhattan Beach, California and sold through my website and though many boutiques and shops around the country and through several online retailers. In 2015, I won the Academy of Handmade Award as “Best Maker Working in the Wood Medium” category. I’m also the Founder of Community Making Workshops, a way to give back and share with the community. It is my hope that by experiencing a workshop, you will walk away with a new appreciation for art, crafting, and creativity.
Hello!! My name is Thuy Le and I am the founder and designer behind Blossom Papers. Although, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and my past career included 15 years in the optical industry, my first love has always been crafting of all types. Currently, I am a Craft Designer at Sizzix. I am continuously learning everyday from other inspired paper artists and paper florists to create my own unique line as well as a way to sharpen my skills. I also have self-taught myself on a variety of skills from sewing, baking, and events planning. I believe that anyone can craft as long as they are willing to learn and have patience.
Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a branding strategist for highly-creative women and host of the super-loved Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast. The love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper, she crafts programs and resources that not only help female entrepreneurs be more successful in their creative business but also have as much fun as possible. In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find out more at tiffanyhan.com and go behind the scenes on Instagram @thetiffanyhan.
Todd and Anthony of T&A Leather own one of our favorite shops in Downtown Ventura where they craft up-cycled leather accessories. They’re veteran makers with years of experience selling their goods retail and wholesale as well as running a brick and mortar shop.
Twinkie Chan designs and crochets fun, food-themed accessories like cupcake scarves, hamburger mitts, and hot dog purses at www.TwinkieChan.com. She lives in San Francisco with two happy pups and an infamous rainbow wall of yarn. Twinkie’s unique work has been featured online, in print, and on television, from BuzzFeed to Mollie Makes to Crochet Today to HGTV. Her bacon & eggs scarf was recently spotted on Kimmy Gibbler from “Fuller House.” To make her signature designs more accessible, she created a licensed line called Yummy You! which has been carried at online retailers like Hot Topic, Sanrio, NYLON Shop, Fab, and ModCloth. The demand for her crochet patterns inspired her to write her first book, “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear,” published in Fall 2010 with Andrews McMeel Publishing. Her highly-anticipated second book, “Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home,” just came out with Creative Publishing International in Spring 2016. She is beginning to focus more on teaching with her tutorials on YouTube, and she is also a Creativebug instructor. Twinkie encourages everyone to have fun with their crafting and fashion and to make the world a yummier place.
Vickie Taton is a teacher, a maker, and an entrepreneur who splits her time between the western and eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California. After earning a BFA in painting at the University of Nevada, Reno, and teaching commercial art to rural high school students, she now teaches digital media arts for Cerro Coso Community College. An early adopter of technology, Vickie has been using and teaching Photoshop and Illustrator since the first days of digital imagery. A large part of her teaching philosophy is that understanding and mastering the basics is critical to being able to utilize software to be creative, and that doing is essential, especially when it comes to the digital art tools. She also is sole proprietor of Social Sierra, a consulting and social media management enterprise she founded after realizing that rural business owners had a lot to gain by embracing social media. When not furiously working away at her computer, she likes to ride her horses, hike, get away to the beach as often as possible, and make things.
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