Below are the 2018 presenters, 2019 presenters will be posted in fall 2018. Presenters are subject to change.
Adwoa is best known for her “Selfie”- Look Alike Amigurumi Dolls, and other crocheted cuteness. She’s a nurse and analyst by day, mother, wife, daughter, friend and Yarn Artist after the kiddos are tucked into bed and her husband is watching Sports Center. Creating dolls and toys in her home studio went from hobby to business in a short time. Creating the perfect gifts with personality has been her passion since 2010. Adwoa learned to crochet as an adult. During a lunch break, she noticed a group of ladies knitting and crocheting and asked if they would teach her. They showed her the basics, but that motivated her to learn on her own. She considers herself self-taught although she had a great start with her co-workers. Like most beginners, she made hats and scarves. Her first Etsy sale in 2012 shipped to Montrouge, France. Becoming an international seller initially was all the confirmation she needed to continue. Adwoa is a Bay Area Native. Born in Oakland and she grew up in Hayward, CA. She served in the Air Force for 8 ½ years and then pursued a nursing career. Family life and bringing joy to others with her creations are her top priorities.
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.
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.
Alex Cole is a mixed media painter who studied at the Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating in 1995, she began to exhibit her work at various galleries and art spaces on the East Coast. In 1997, she moved to Sonoma, CA and focused her career on art administration and teaching at the Sonoma Community Center. She then became the Fine Arts Program Director until 2003 and was the City of Sonoma’s Cultural Fine Arts Commissioner.
Alex has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Raising her two children, Phoebe and Finn, in the Sonoma Valley, she has exhibited her work at various Northern California art festivals and art spaces. Her clients include the Sonoma Valley Jazz Fest, the Sonoma Olive Festival, Foster Farms, MacArthur Place Inn and Spa, Fletcher Rhodes Design, and countless private collectors.
Alisha Robertson is a business coach, author and founder of the digital media company, Living Over Existing; an online platform and shop dedicated to helping creative women grow their business and live an intentional life around entrepreneurship.
Over the past few years she has helped dozens of women build and monetize their online brands through her one-on-one coaching packages, masterclasses and blog content. Through her work, Alisha empowers creative women to uncover their voice, ditch fear, gain clarity & begin making money doing what they love.
When she is not working, she can be found in Raleigh, NC hanging out with her husband and their beagle, Porkchop.
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: Facebook Twitter Instagram
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!
Aurora Lady is a multi-dimensional artist hailing from glittering Los Angeles. Projects she’s been part of have been featured everywhere from Teen Vogue to Huffington Post, and is a regular DIY contributor to Bust Magazine. Aurora was the illustrator and branding phenom for The Pussyhat Project, and illustrated Pussyhat creator Krista Suh’s manifesto, “DIY Rules for a WTF World”, out January 2018 on Grand Central Publishing.
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, which she ran from 2010-2012. She now owns two businesses: Sunshine & Succulents has been around since 2013, where she creates succulent terrariums and teaches creative botanical workshops for the public and for corporate clients like Facebook, Google, and Instagram; and Radish, a home & garden store she opened in 2017 in Petaluma, CA. In addition to her creative pursuits, there’s nothing she enjoys more than having a good, deep conversation about small business issues with other women entrepreneurs.
A creative soul right from the start, Cassie Uhl has always loved making. She started her handmade jewelry business, Zenned Out Jewelry, in 2011 as a creative outlet when she was a full time art teacher. Cassie didn’t know where it would take her, but it wasn’t long into running her Etsy shop when she realized her creative passion could be her career. She was all in.
From beading on the floor, to running a thriving ecommerce business, Zenned Out has grown so much over the years. With no business training she had a lot to learn, she worked hard and soaked up information about running a small business like a sponge. It became clear early on that proper self-care and mindfulness needed to be a part of the workplace in order for her and the business to thrive.
Today Zenned Out is run in a large and beautiful studio with handful of employees. Cassie and Kerry met through the wonders of social media and realized their passions were in perfect alignment to help creative entrepreneurs with much more than business know-how. Shortly after, Zenned Out Biz was born with the goal to offer tools for running a business with self-care and spirituality at the forefront.
I am Chaitra, the creative geek behind PinkPot, a design + photography studio for creative entrepreneurs. I thrive on helping women entrepreneurs stand out and create a bigger visual impact online through high-quality design and photography. With over 4 years of experience web design & development in the software industry, I started my own design studio in 2015. Photography developed as a passion on the side. Now I spend my days developing websites for creative businesses and teaching photography courses and workshops to creatively-driven women.
Dame Sannae (Sannae Hobson)
Dame Sannae came to the realization that, like many other women, most of the products she was using on her skin were not keeping their promises. Promises of amazing results in just a few short weeks. Not only were promises not being kept, but she had enough of being loyal to brands and their cancer causing chemical ingredients. By taking things back to a much simpler form, she saw before her eyes the reaction when her boyfriend caressed her now silkier skin. She witnessed first hand the amazing benefits and saw a transformation in her complexion just by using Natural ingredients found right there in her own kitchen. She whipped together a blend of different butters for a few girlfriends and mixed together some sea salt scrubs and decided to spread the love. Watching most of her friends balance so many things throughout their days without remembering to balance skin care the RIGHT way, it was apparent that Dame Body would become more of a revolution in encouraging women to toss out their chemically enhanced products and start taking time out for themselves and to truly reveal their skin’s Natural Glow.
Dame Body Butter & Scrubs was created to end the use of chemically enhanced creams, lotions, and scrubs that fail to keep promise on granting infinite results, by providing a botanical moisturizing body care line to replenish, restore and reveal the healthy glowing skin of Dames. The ingredients we incorporate into our products all serve specific purposes and we research their plant properties thoroughly when formulating our recipes. We offer 100% natural products, which are either unscented or scented with essential oils, and 97% natural products, which are scented with high-quality fragrance oils. We believe in being completely honest about the naturalness of our products, and we will never lie about the ingredients or processes used in creating our products. Handcrafted in small batches in Downtown Los Angeles.
Debbie Stoller is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of BUST magazine, and co-author of “The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order” and “The BUST DIY Guide to Life.” She is also the author of the NY Times bestselling “Stitch ‘n Bitch” series of knitting and crochet books, of which there are now 5. She holds a PhD in the Psychology of Women from Yale University. Debbie also serves as BUST.com‘s web developer, and has a compulsion for coding, which she thinks isn’t all that different from knitting. Multicraftual, Debbie never met a needlecraft she didn’t like. She lives in Brooklyn with three nutty dogs, one insane cat, and way too much yarn.
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.
Emily J. Burton
Emily J. Burton is a designer, metalsmith, rock musician and lifelong aficionado of all things handcrafted. Her jewelry and curios company, Dutch Hollow General, is a one-woman business based in her metals studio in downtown Los Angeles. Intrigued by multidisciplinary craft processes, Emily combines found objects, organic materials, 3D printing and traditional wax sculpting into her lost wax cast creations.
Emily has a BS in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati and learned silversmithing at Penland School of Craft and the Calstone Jewelry Arts & Design College. After a twenty year stint at a creative advertsing agency specializing in film & TV, she left her role as VP of Print Production to focus on Dutch Hollow General exclusively. When she’s not making things, Emily plays guitar loudly in her band Fireball Ministry and hangs out wth her husband and four cats.
Emily K. Neuburger
Emily K. Neuburger is a writer, artist, and freelance art and creative writing teacher. She is passionate about encouraging people to get pumped about creativity, especially when it comes to the intersection of words and art. She is the author of the award-winning books Journal Sparks and Show Me a Story, and writes regularly about creativity and unexpected treasures on her website, emilyneuburger.com, as well as in print magazines and around the web. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
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.
Yoga for me is a very creative outlet, and I have been a maker and a yogi since childhood. My desire to share this beautiful art form with others really helps me overcome shyness and self doubt. I feel that anyone who allows me to share their space and time deserves all of my dedication and attention. I maintain my RYT200 through Yoga Alliance and pursue continuing education on a regular basis, I love to learn and share. I really believe yoga is for everybody and that what we practice on the mat we take with us into our everyday life. I enjoy a host of crafts, bustling family life, dog park sunsets with my pack and all things positive and inclusive.
Holly is a maker and self-proclaimed nerd who started her business in an attempt to marry both practical, often-used baby and kiddo essentials with fabrics and prints that don’t suck. Thus, whilst on maternity leave with a colicky baby, MarshMueller was born, bringing parents and gift-givers alike rad accessories in quirky and unexpected prints. Holly has been in business for six years, sells on three online platforms, participates as a part-time vendor at the Astoria Sunday Market, and has her line in approximately 20 brick and mortar stores in the U.S. She is a mentor for the Academy of Handmade and works full-time as the Client Care and Project Support Assistant for Aeolidia.
Isaac Watson is the co-director of Academy of Handmade (AoH), an organization which supports makers through mentorship and mastermind programs, along with its signature Jumpstart Your Handmade Business program which promotes critical and strategic thinking in the early stages of business.
His first foray into the maker world was with a handmade jewelry business back in 2008, but he quickly discovered a passion for helping other makers ensure that their business is as strong and beautiful as their craft is. He also designs and produces world-class conference and community experiences for small business champions, creative communities, and professional organizations.
Isaac enjoys making, cooking, Lego, renovating houses, and building tiny cabins on mountaintops, and lives in Vancouver, Washington (the red-headed step-suburb of Portland) with his husband and their adorable dog, Zeus.
Janet LeBlanc is a Certified Public Accountant, serial-entrepreneur, maker and mama located in Houston. In 2013, she founded Paper + Spark, where she offers educational content, tools, and spreadsheet templates for makers. Her goal is to help creative entrepreneurs become more confident and less confused about the financial side of running their business. Janet is passionate about empowering makers and helping creatives bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life with clarity.
Jenelle Montilone wants to live in a world where all waste has value, thread spools never run out, and the best gifts are crafted by hand.
An environmentalist turned- award winning entrepreneur turned- international sewing instructor, her hard work, and dedication to change the way we consume and create have been spotlighted in Inc. Magazine, Martha Stewart, on Halogen TV, and through collaborations with brands like BERNINA and Lee Jeans.
When she’s not crafting kites from shower curtains or cutting up t-shirts, you will find her hunting treasures at the nearest estate sale or binge listening to true crime podcasts without a trace of shame.
Learn more about Jenelle — and check out her projects at TrashN2Tees.com
Jenice Anderson is a SF Bay Area metalsmith and crafter. Her jewelry is created with a priority on handmade components. Being largely self taught she finds exploring a variety of crafts have helped her to define her style and business vision. She teaches classes at Handcraft Studio School, and can be found at a variety of local craft shows. She has been a featured member of The Crafter’s Box and a featured maker on Dear Handmade Life.
Jennifer Perkins is an Austin, TX based creative content designer with a serious love of crafts, kitsch, Christmas trees and kids. Jennifer is the host of DIY This with Jennifer Perkins for the DIY Network and HGTV via Facebook Live. Jennifer started her creative career with a jewelry company called Naughty Secretary Club and as a host for the daily DIY Network TV show Craft Lab. She has created crafty content for companies like Michaels, I Love to Create, Jo-Anns, TOMS Shoes, Oriental Trading Company, Apartment Therapy, Darice and many more. As a crafter Jennifer has been featured places like Etsy, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, Treetopia, Marie Claire, Bust Magazine and beyond. As a small business owner and savvy marketer Jennifer has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Inc. and CNN. Most recently Jennifer has combined her degree in psychology, career in the craft industry and head for business to start a side project called Creative Queso. The venture will feature a podcast, articles and Facebook Live interview series with creative business owners.
Jeran is a modern maker and the creator of Oleander and Palm. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade pieces and global inspiration.
She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. A former educator and mother of three, Jeran has settled in sunny California, where her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways!
Jeran has contributed on blogs you love like Curbly and the reference site for all things, ehow. She’s worked collaboratively with great brands like The Land of Nod and West Elm. And her home has been featured on Design Sponge and Houzz.
Jennie Lennick is a San Francisco based artist, entrepreneur, and teacher. As a child in the Midwest, Jennie became enamored with traditional domestic craft, learning to sew and embroider. In 2010, She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California, Jennie launched Jenny Lemons, a collection of modern block printed and hand painted women’s clothing and textiles. Jennie’s work has been featured in publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Brit + Co, and San Francisco Magazine. When not working in her studio, Jennie leads fiber art workshops all over the Bay Area.
A craft industry professional for over 14 years, Jennifer Priest has been featured in major publications and online by the likes of Apartment Therapy, NBC News, and MSNBC. Jennifer’s digital marketing consulting firm, Smart Creative Social, has a prestigious client list in the craft and hobby industry, connecting influencers with brands, developing digital marketing strategy, and managing social media marketing programs.
Los Angeles-based designer, artist and career consultant, Jeanetta Gonzales, spreads joy through a variety of creative means. Her multidisciplinary studio specializes in surface pattern design, lettering, illustration and graphic design. She licenses her art on an array of products such as ceramics, home decor, apparel and greeting cards sold in major retailers. Jeanetta can also be found teaching at local art colleges, sharing inspiration online, and providing coaching services and guidance for artists, bringing out their true self expression. She has been featured on sites such as Domino.com, TheJungalow.com, PatternObserver.com and Artists and Makers Magazine.
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.
Kaari Meng began French General in 1999 along the Hudson River in Grandview, New York. After running the general store in Soho on Crosby Street for many years, Kaari and family moved French General to Los Angeles, where it resides today in Frogtown, on the Eastside of LA.
French General is a vintage workshop filled with antique French textiles, beads, buttons and trim. Kaari has written six books on jewelry making, sewing, entertaining, and collecting. French General offers workshops on stitching, jewelry, sewing, paper arts, weaving and more.
French General designs quilting fabric and patterns for Moda as well as a home decorative fabric line for Fabricut.
Every summer Kaari and her team take groups of women to the south of France to find their inner rural Frenchwoman.
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.
Kelly Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabrics from Malagasy and Zaïrois vendors at local markets. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006. In 2011, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
Kerry is a life coach, intuitive counselor, metaphysical practitioner, and yoga teacher. As the co-owner of Zenned Out Biz, she helps creative entrepreneurs slow down, tune into their own wisdom, and see the next step to move forward towards their dreams. She also encourages others to follow the moon and their hearts as the founder of The Moon & Arrow Lodge, an online, virtual, and pop-up nurturing and teaching space.
She loves creating guided meditations, reading her Medicine Woman Tarot deck, and spending time with her husband and two little boys in sunny Arizona.
Krista is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, and creator of The Pussyhat Project. She’s based in Los Angeles. She wants to make the world a safer place for women and to help everyone validate their own creativity, femininity, and intuition.
Kimberly K. Taylor-Pestell
Kimberly K. 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 and Sage Spirit, two books of poetry by Jet Widick. Her work can be found online and in brick-and-mortar shops, and has been featured in Stationery Trends Magazine and Maker’s Magazine. Kimberly resides in Monrovia, California, with her lovely husband and calico tabby, and enjoys blogging, knitting, reading novels, and throwing the occasional epic theme party just for kicks.
Kimberly Payne is the owner, designer, teacher and all around one woman show at Straight Stitch Designs. She learned how to sew from her mom in high school and the desire to create hasn’t stopped since. Five years ago with two young kids at home, the need to have something outside raising children was just the push she needed to teach herself to design and draft sewing patterns. Kimberly now has a growing sewing pattern business with both PDF and paper patterns carried all over the world. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the indie sewing pattern world with you.
Kristin Link is the owner and editor of Sew Mama Sew, a collaborative sewing blog founded in 2005, which includes an archive of more than 800 sewing tutorials. Kristin teaches sewing and business classes at events and conferences, and through her two free Craftsy classes, Bag Making Basics, she’s taught over 300,000 students how to sew a zipper.
Kristin is also the co-founder of Craft Industry Alliance (CIA), a trade organization for professional makers, designers, content creators, and craft teachers. Founded in 2015, CIA delivers business related content and community to over 1,300 members. Kristin lives in Boise with her husband and two children.
Liz Rosino Wright is a multi-disciplinary creative entrepreneur and educator located in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong learner who enjoys the challenges and thrills of learning new skills and supporting others to do the same, she’s currently the Chief Creative Lady of Assembly: gather+create. In this role, Liz delivers modern craft and DIY workshops and kits that inspire creativity and fun. She is also the maker behind the Blue Diamond Stamp Co. and original founder of the Craftin’ Outlaws alternative craft fair in Columbus, Ohio. Through her museum career she has worked on the development of numerous exhibitions and educational programs. She enjoys a nice glass of wine or a Manhattan while making and will rarely turn away an offer of dessert!
Laurie Wagner has been publishing books and essays, and teaching writing for the last 25 years. She is a process guru and has a genius for holding space, helping people unzip what’s inside of them, and get ink on the page. A creative brain-stormer, she specializes in out of the box ways to tell your stories. Her Wild Writing classes are the cornerstone of her live work, but she also teaches on the internet. She is the author of Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love, and Expectations: 30 Women Talk about Becoming a Mother. Check out her blog at: 27powers.org
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.
Mallory Whitfield has been making things and performing for as long as she can remember. She began her journey as a creative entrepreneur in 2004, selling her handmade creations at local craft shows, and she started blogging at MissMalaprop.com in 2006. She is the author of How to Make Money at Craft Shows and founder of Badass Creatives, a diverse community that believes creativity, innovation and kindness can change the world. By day, she specializes in search engine optimization, social media and content marketing.
After earning his MA at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mark Montano started his career in New York City as a fashion designer working for Oscar de la Renta and then opened his first boutique in the East Village of New York. Soon after, he began showing his own collection at NY Fashion Week and was the youngest member to be inducted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) He was also the winner of the coveted Cotton Incorporated Award for design. Feeling fashion was not enough, he eventually moved to television to become part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s 10 Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style Network’s My Celebrity Home, We TV’s She’s Moving In, and FOX’s My Home 2.0. During this time he was a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine for ten years. He has also dished out décor advice as a contributing editor for The New York Post and Knight Ridder with a weekly Q&A article in over 70 US newspapers. Mark is the author of the original The Big-Ass Book of Crafts (which is currently in it’s 29th printing), Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2, The Big Ass Book of Home Decor, The Big-Ass Book of Bling, Dollar Store Décor, Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects, and Window Treatments & Slipcovers for Dummies. He recently produced and hosted his own DIY show titled Make Your Mark for PBS/APT.
Marlo Miyashiro (a.k.a. @imakecutestuff) is a jeweler by trade, crafter, teacher, product photographer, and crafts business mentor who helps emerging artists grow their creative businesses. She has organized the Seattle Etsy sellers team, Seattle Handmade since 2007, taught classes on CreativeLive, and is now co-owner of The Handmade Showroom in downtown Seattle, WA – a 2400 sq. ft. retail storefront established in 2015 that represents more than 100 artists living in and around the Pacific NW region of the US.
Mélissa is a seasoned marketing executive, consultant, and brand builder with a diverse background in Technology, CPG, and Retail. She has worked for companies ranging in size from 2 man start-ups to Fortune 10. Her specialities are (1) targeting niche consumers, (2) defining long-term sustainable engagement strategies , and (3) lifecycle marketing.
Prior to completing her MBA, Mélissa had several years of experience in viral marketing strategy through her work across multiple Network and Direct Marketing companies. Over the past 10 years she has held roles with Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, & NBC Universal and consulted in the areas of retail marketing and e-commerce for several companies including: Reebok, Aéropostale, Samsung, Birchbox, and the Gilt Groupe.
When she is not consulting she is usually making silk flower hair accessories and crowns for her brand camellias and curls or vlogging with her husband on their couples youtube channel Chocolate Covered Chopstix.
Mélissa is an avid traveler, speaks several languages, and has worked and lived in the USA, France, Italy, India, China, Singapore, and Korea. She is passionate about working with diverse clientele and has a soft spot for female entrepreneurs and crafters.
Mélissa holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in French and Political Science from Wellesley College.
Melissa is a sewing instructor, handmade clothing advocate, thrift store shopper, textile lover and creativity activist. On her blog, a happy stitch, she shares all her handmade clothes as well as the joyful adventure of her Nothing New Project. An effort which counters the waste and conformity of fast fashion with the radically simple idea of making or thrifting all her clothes. The project has brought attention to the ecological damage and human cost of the fashion industry since 2015.
Melissa’s work has been published by Mollie Makes magazine and she works as an ongoing sample sewist for Cloud 9 Fabrics. In addition to teaching, she has collaborated with a variety of sewing professionals including fabric companies, pattern designers and prominent bloggers including Michael Miller Fabrics and Betz White.
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.
As a personal branding expert, social media strategist, sought after speaker focused on building entrepreneurial brands, Olivia Omega is also the author of Beautifully Branded: The Girls Guide to Personal Branding & Understanding the Anatomy of Brand You. She encourages creative women to walk in their God-given entrepreneurial purpose by empowering them to create an authentically unique brand…from strategy to execution and through messaging, identity and branded online experiences. She helps them dance to the beat of their own brand!
Through workshops, mentorship, online courses and one-on-one consultations, Olivia provides the tools needed to successfully build a heart-centered personal brand both online and offline. Ultimately, she spends her days creating smart brand strategy and then using it to develop outward-facing marketing and experiential websites.
Olivia loves dancing, disco balls, sewing, yoga, building a business at The Wallace Marketing Group with her husband and raising their three teenagers in Denver, CO.
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 fiber arts, including weaving and embroidery. Though she no longer promotes her small business, she is incredibly passionate about practicing as well as teaching her favorite 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.
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. His talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist is evident in the gift line he continues to develop with Knock Knock and 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. Find Robert here: website, studio, product line, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Roberta Wax is a journalist by trade, a crafter by accident. She loves paper in all forms, whether written on, read from, or altered in messy, artful ways. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, Emmy, Los Angeles, United Parenting Publications, UCLA Magazine, Westways, Animation, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, Cloth Paper Scissors, Craft Industry Alliance, Creative Retailer, Artists & Makers, and more. She has written and designed projects for The Rubber Stamper, Craftideas, Take Ten, Paper Crafts, CardMaker, and several national craft companies. She also teaches writing through UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. She has no formal art training but was a crafty Girl Scout leader.
Rachel Mae Smith
Rachel Mae Smith loves do-able DIYS and strives to make life colorful and fun on her blog The Crafted Life and in her first book, Hello Color. Named by the Huffington Post as one of the top ten DIY Instagrammers to follow, her work has also been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple and more. When she’s not brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and photographing her current home of Philadelphia, PA.
Rosalie Gale makes Shower Art (waterproof art you can hang in your shower) & other curiosities under the name Ugly Baby. She owns two retail shops – Ugly Baby in the historic Pike Place Market and Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Both stores sell the work of independent artists – Ugly Baby has a special focus on D.I.Y. craft kits & enamel pins (aside from the full Ugly Baby line) and Monster features the work of over 60 different Pacific Northwest artists. Rosalie is currently obsessed with German board games, pattern design, reverse applique and free-motion embroidery.
Rita Pannulla is a metal smith who specializes in hand stamping, and the Design Director for ImpressArt. As a graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburg with a degree in Industrial and Jewelry Design, Rita contributes much more to ImpressArt than her wealth of knowledge and beautiful designs. She is the resident trend expert, and is deeply involved in the company’s product development. A lover of fringe, frills, and glitter, Rita’s unique, trendy, style translates into the thousands of projects she designs for the brand each year.
From South Korea to Amsterdam, Rita travels the world in her cowboy boots to ensure that proper hand stamping techniques are shared wherever ImpressArt products are sold. When Rita is not teaching hand stamping with her ImpressArt family, she enjoys spending time with her husband Sean, daughter Samantha, and pets Elvis and Pricilla on the east end of Long Island, New York.
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. 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.
Sharon Fain is the founder and director of Academy of Handmade (AoH), an organization which supports makers through mentorship and mastermind programs, along with its signature Jumpstart Your Handmade Business program which promotes critical and strategic thinking in the early stages of business.
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 trying to garden, riding bikes with her husband or walking her dogs at her home in Los Angeles.
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).
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.
A natural entrepreneur with an interest in textiles, Teresa Remple owner of Texture Clothing began her first business in 1992. Since then her journey has included many ups & downs and opportunities to grow through experience. Continually experimenting with techniques such as: knitting, sewing, dyeing, macramé, and screen printing, Teresa has a love for people and is excited to share what she’s learned about running a craft business.
Todd and Anthony (T & A Leather)
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.
Vickie Howell is a cultivator of craft and community. She’s a broadcast personality, producer, author, designer, and instructor in the D.I.Y. world with a penchant for motivational speaking, and social media marketing.
Vickie is well-known as the Host of TV shows such as DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty and Stylelicious, her best selling knitting, crochet, and craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video and social media.
Over the course of her career, she’s continued to rally the crafty troops as an internationally recognized blogger & magazine columnist; a Spokesperson and Ambassador for major brands like Patons, Bernat, Caron, Land’s End, and Clover Needlecrafts; host of video campaigns for companies such as HGTV, JoAnn, Ragu, Cannon, Inkjoy, and Tuesday Morning; and as the Host and Co-Executive Producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.
Vickie strives to motivate and inspire people to both live creatively and make a living being creative — most recently reaching out to people via her Facebook Live series (the first and longest-running of it’s kind in the genre), Ask Me Monday, her online courses for CreativeLive and Brit+Co., her podcast, Craft*ish, and as the Host/Creator/Executive Producer of her latest project, the first studio-quality, community funded, internationally accessible knitting and crochet episodic series: The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. For more information go to: vickiehowell.com and follow @vickiehowell.