*Please note: Presenters are subject to change.
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.
Alaia Williams is a business systems strategist and organizer. She helps business owners calm the chaos and eliminate the overwhelm they experience while managing their businesses. Her work helps business owners, teams, freelancers and side hustlers set up and streamline their systems so they can make more money and focus on the things they love.
If you ask her clients what she’s done for them, the common answer is, “she helps me get things done.” She’s been called web wizard, systems whisperer, project manager, online business manager…and the list goes on. No matter what the label, at the heart of it, her goal is to take you from stuck, stalled and struggling with overwhelm and help you get to a place where you can run your business with a greater sense of calm, clarity and confidence.
Whether you have questions about which kinds of systems will make your life easier, you need help navigating through a sticky project, or you just want to outsource the parts of your business that drive you up the wall, she’s here to help make it happen.
Allysia is a practicing attorney and dedicated multi-crafter. By day she’s one-half of the dynamic duo that is Dahlia Law Group LLP –Lawyers. Grown A Little Differently, based in Oakland, CA. Dahlia Law Group LLP is a two-woman owned firm focused on helping individuals, families, and businesses protect and build legacy through legacy and estate planning, probate, and litigation. Just about any other time (and sometimes in the daytime too) you can find Allysia feeding her multi-crafter heart with sewing, painting, crocheting, doodling, or teaching others and sharing the crafts that she loves!
Amy is the Founder of Amy Tangerine, a creative lifestyle company that designs online content as well as fun, tangible products like tee shirts, and craft supplies. Amy wrote the book, Craft a Life You Love, has taught workshops all over the world, makes YouTube videos, and consults with awesome brands and clients like American Crafts and Avery. Amy’s mission is to inspire women everywhere to feel joy and confidence by infusing creativity, fun and intention into the everyday.
Angie Chua is the founder, heart, and soul of bobo design studio. A serial maker, designer, and craft-a-holic, she’s developed a lifestyle brand featuring wanderlust inspired goods. In addition to running her own product based business, Angie is an established hand lettering and chalk lettering artist having done hundreds of commission works and large chalkboard installations for retail spaces and events. When her hands aren’t covered in chalk dust, they are most likely covered in nacho cheese sauce.
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 creator of the blog Flax & Twine and a designer of patterns that have been published by Martha Stewart, Design*Sponge, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Sweet Paul, and the Huffington Post. The author of Knitting Without Needles and Weaving Within Reach, Anne teaches classes nationwide at art retreats and local yarn stores and online at Creativebug.com and Craftsy.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her family.
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!
Hi! I’m Becky! I’m the founder of The Pink Samurai, an illustrator, cat lady and lover of cute based in Austin, Texas. My shop is full of silly illustrations, buttons, lapel pins, jewelry and LOTS of cats!
I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and artists. In 2006, I followed in their footsteps and opened up my Etsy shop! The shop has evolved over the last 10 years and it grew into a business that supported me through college and beyond. Being a Graphic Design major, I would design all day for class and all night for The Pink Samurai.
After getting my BFA and keeping a 9-5 job while working on the shop in my spare time, I finally took the plunge and made it my full time gig. Now, my job is drawing fun things for people who love cats and cute stuff!
I can’t believe The Pink Samurai has been bringing cuteness, geekery and kittens into people’s homes for 10 whole years! This little space on the internet has grown along with me and I’m so glad you found us!
When I’m not creating things for my shop, I’m hanging out with my amazing husband Andy, our son Emmit and our three cats: Turks, Sprinkles and Mooch. We love binge watching sci-fi TV shows and eating lots of pizza. And if you bring me some Halo Top ice cream, you’ll be my best
Charlie Gilkey is a best-selling author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and business strategist. His website, Productive Flourishing, has been visited by nearly 3 million people and his tools, worksheets, and planners have been downloaded over 1 million times. He’s taught thousands of people how to go from idea to done using simple, but powerful approaches that tap into their strengths and genius.
Chelsey Andrews is the Portland blogger and illustrator behind The Paper Mama. A lover of all things creative, she likes to experiment with DIY’s, home projects, photography and draw during her free time. The Paper Mama has also been featured in Do It Yourself, BHG, Made in Paper, Apartment Therapy, and
Brewer & Marr Glassworks was founded in Ojai, CA in 2015 by Chelsea Brewer in honor of her late uncle, Michael Marr Dyer, who was a talented stained glass and mosaic maker. Her inspiration comes in many forms: from light, color, and texture to modern shapes and natural landscapes. She is also heavily influenced by her southwest upbringing, background in photography, and love of clean design. With her studio now located in Visalia, CA, she continues to honor her heritage by sharing her love of the craft through her hard work, dedication, and meticulous craftsmanship. Available for all custom work, commissions, and workshops.
Christie Beniston is a public artist and has had a thriving art practice for over 25 years. Her public, residential and commercial commissions include the San Diego Airport, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Los Angeles Metro. Always a student of design and craft, Christie received her certification as an Oxford Instructor and has opened PUNCH! – a studio in Solana Beach, California offering supplies and a creative space for learning the exciting craft of punch needle rug hooking.
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Always told she would be a writer, Dawn DeVries Sokol earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s renowned Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. But she yearned to create visually, and soon worked her way from editing newspapers to art directing magazines, such as America West Airlines Magazine—from which a feature she art directed landed in Print Magazine’s 2002 Regional Design Annual. For 10 years, she designed books for U.S. publishers such as Sterling Publishing, Gibbs Smith, North Light, Quarry, and The Countryman Press.
Now a widely published author, artist, and illustrator, she lives and creates in her Tempe, AZ, studio with her dog, Lola.
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.
Dianuh is the owner & designer of Chasing Linen, a Los Angeles based design studio specializing in custom wedding stationery, watercolor portraits and calligraphy.
What started as a blog and personal side project turned into a full time creative career offering wedding suite design and live art services and an online shop.
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 advertising 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 with her husband and four cats.
Erin Garcia is a crafting superstar, teaching classes, leading crafty parties, and sharing all her creative projects and adventures on her craftsyle blog Crafterateur.
Raised in Duarte, California, Erin grew up scrapbooking and making handmade greeting cards for friends and family. She now makes and creates in the San Francisco Bay Area where she officially started her handmade business Feed the Fish co. By day Erin works as an Epidemiologist coming up with creative ways to encourage healthy living (she’s also the office’s resident crafter 😉), and by evenings and weekends she’s making and creating felt goodies for her handmade business and planning crafty workshops and parties. She primarily works with felt for her line of retail goods, but also enjoys macrame, weaving, watercolor, and paper crafts. Erin loves all things DIY, sandals year round, and heart-shaped everything.
Find Feed the Fish co felt pennants and wall hangings at these retailers: Mischief in Oakland, Pippa & Co in Berkeley, Gather and Local Take in San Francisco, Smoobage in Morro Bay, Scribble Me Happy in San Mateo, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek and Modern Mouse in Alameda. And join Erin for one of her workshops or special pop-up shops!
TL; DR: Erin likes to make stuff! 🤗✂️
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.
Even Howard is a collaborative creator working in the San Francisco Bay Area and, as often as possible, in the Rocky Mountains. Attracted to the arts of slow living, she teaches knitting and crochet, fermentation and preserves, sewing and fiber arts, as well as business and creative development for artists. Her creative work explores interpretation of the natural world, identity creation and discovery, and the idea of materials and process as art in itself. She is a former captain of the San Francisco Etsy Team and has a deep love of creative community.
“As much as I love designing and creating my jewelry objects for House in the Moon, I also love to help out and be part of others’ creative journey. I would like my jewelry and how I run my business to be transformative and special, a launching point for even more vision and creativity. My favorite people are other creatives, innovators, place holders, and explorers. I love when my work resonates and benefits them.”
Heather Montoya is a Yoga Alliance registered RYT200 with hundreds of teaching hours experience and a passion for sharing the joy of Yoga with others. Heather started practicing yoga as a youngster and developed a deep love for the art and practice of Yoga. It’s this love of Yoga that she tries to share and convey into each class. Every teacher has a teacher, and so with each yoga class we become linked together in the golden chain of students. Heather also enjoys all the crafts, spends loads of time with her family both human and doggo, enjoys creating jewelry and sewing whenever possible. All levels welcome in these yoga classes that will be filled with creative flows to get your mind and body ready for your fun filled days and nights.
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.
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.
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 (jennylemons.com), 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, Mohawk Maker Quarterly, and San Francisco Magazine. In early 2018, she opened her first brick and mortar store in the Mission District of San Francisco. Her shop is a community space where she facilitates DIY workshops, produces her products, and showcases the talents of other local artists.
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.
A craft industry professional for over 15 years, Jennifer Priest has been featured in major publications and online by the likes of Apartment Therapy and MSNBC. Jennifer’s digital marketing consulting firm, Smart Creative Social, has a prestigious client list across multiple creative industries. Smart Creative Social offers social media consulting services and training for creative businesses, specializing in hashtag strategy across all platforms and traffic strategies for Pinterest.
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.
Jessica Hannah is an award-winning perfumer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. She teaches perfume workshops throughout the U.S. in boutiques and larger locations including University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Dallas Arboretum, and The Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles where she won the 2015 Art and Olfaction Award. She lives and works from her studio in San Francisco, CA.
Learn more about her work and company J.Hannah Co. at www.jhannahco.com
Jessica Marquez is the maker behind the embroidery line Miniature Rhino. She has written two craft books – Make + Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home, (Ten Speed, 2018) and Stitched Gifts (Chronicle, 2012). She contributes articles and DIY projects to online and print publications like Mollie Makes and Design*Sponge. She loves to teach and regularly teaches in person classes throughout New York and teaches online Craftsy classes in embroidery and product photography. Her background is in art and photography and she earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Imaging Arts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, with three cats and her beloved pup, Kuma. @miniaturerhino www.miniaturerhino.com
Hi, I’m Jill! I’m a Show Me State native magic seeker, in hot pursuit of awesomeness at all times. I keep my Super SHero Toolbox packed with wicked wit, warrior spirit, creative brain, common talk, and a sprinkle of cheerful disposition. Apart from my husband of 12 years, my primary loves are cake, bourbon, yoga, and power tools (which absolutely includes my sewing machines!).
Professionally, I’ve been a practicing lawyer since 2002, primarily in litigation. My business partner, Allysia Holland, and I co-founded Dahlia Law Group LLP in 2015 in order to put some of that creative litigation energy into making and protecting people’s legacies. Our practice focuses on Legacy & Estate Planning, Probate, and Civil Litigation from a specific perspective: The law is a tool for service. There’s no reason its power shouldn’t be transparent, accessible, and affordable to regular people.
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 Creative 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 Rand is an author and the Founder/CEO of Handheld Handmade, Inc.
Rand writes about the intersection of handmade and entrepreneurship. She has published work in Handmade Business magazine and the Craft Industry Alliance; her work has also appeared in Bust magazine, Studios magazine, The Crafts Report, and Etsy. Rand once served as arts editor at DCist (part of the Gothamist group) and as editor of Crafting for a Green World.
Rand is the lead author of Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Business (Potter Craft, 2012). She contributed to Crafter’s Market: The DIY Resource for Creating a Successful and Profitable Craft Business (Fons & Porter, 2016). As co-founder and executive director of Hello Craft, a non-profit trade association for independent crafters, Rand hosted the Summit of Awesome, a business conference for five years. Rand also spent several years serving on the jury of Crafty Bastards, Arts & Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the East Coast.
Rand has a BFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited her work in art galleries and craft fairs alike. She has lectured on the handmade movement for the American Craft Council and provided guest critiques for students at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rand frequently consults on elements of craft and sustainable business.
Handheld Handmade, her latest endeavor, helps you discover delightful handmade goods via text message. Launched in September of 2018, Handheld is an innovative and fun way to buy curated handmade items via your text messaging app. To join text HANDMADE to 202-800-9191.
Rand resides in San Francisco, CA with her husband and daughter.
Hi there! My name is Kelly, and I am obsessed with fabric and fiber. What’s not to like?!? My love of fabric and making things led me to launch superbuzzy in 2006. A lot has changed since then, but our vision has remained consistent: we want to bring you beautiful supplies for making. I love learning new things, and exchanging new ideas and projects with other crafters is my favorite. I love Craftcation time each year – all these wonderful, positive creatives land in my town, and I get to absorb all of that energy
Kenya Miles is the artist & alchemist behind Traveling Miles Studio. From the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico to the red clay roads of Ntonso, Ghana, Kenya’s process is a ledger of years of wandering and apprenticing around the globe. Utilizing sustainable materials from earth pigments to natural dyes, her work honors ancient practices while harmoniously drawing on a distinctive contemporary voice. Kenya has facilitated workshops at the Berkeley Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden to name a few. She is an avid gardener, home decor lover and above all else Indigo’s mother (her son).
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 and has recently started hosting sewing workshops in Seattle. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the indie sewing pattern world with you.
Lindsay Ponta is a creative spirit with a penchant for cats, travel, and making something from nothing. She is the founder and editor of Shrimp Salad Circus, a DIY and lifestyle blog that strives to make creativity approachable and help everyone become a maker. Lindsay is a Michaels Maker and has worked with partners like Starbucks and IKEA. Her work has been featured by Apartment Therapy, Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, and more. When she’s not working at her day job at a nonprofit or shooting her next project, Lindsay can often be found elbow-deep in calligraphy ink or a favorite recipe. She shares the moments amidst the chaos with her husband Andrei, their one-year-old daughter, Cricket, and their three rescued fur babies at their home outside Washington, D.C.
Lisa Anderson Shaffer is a contemporary fiber artist, photographer, and author living and working in West Marin, California. Her luxury fiber jewelry line Zelma Rose is sold in brick and mortar and museum stores around the world. Lisa’s work is deeply influenced by the wild and natural surroundings of her mountain top home and studio. Her designs serve as modern day wearable art and a fresh interpretation of the ancient and classic craft of hand weaving and knot work.
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 Atlanta with her family and a small army of pets.
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.
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. She later wrote a book about everything she learned, called How to Make Money at Craft Shows. Mallory is the producer and host of the Badass Creatives podcast, and she has spoken extensively on digital marketing topics at events that include New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, WordCamp NOLA, VenturePOP, Craftcation, and more. Mallory is passionate about cultivating creativity, curiosity, innovation, and inclusion. In 2016, she was honored to be included in the 19th class of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans.
Marie LeBaron is the founder and managing editor of Make and Takes https://www.makeandtakes.com/ She is a mother of 3 living in Seattle, WA, with a background in education and teaching. She’s been blogging on her site for the last 12 years, sharing ideas and inspiration to spark your creativity and get your creative juices flowing! Marie loves to share her favorite DIY projects that YOU will love to make and take, connecting with other creatives and maker mamas, cheering you on along the way!
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 at Creative Arts Consulting helping emerging artists grow their creative businesses. She has organized the Seattle Etsy sellers team, Seattle Handmade since 2007, and has taught classes on CreativeLive. She is now co-owner of The Handmade Showroom in downtown Seattle, WA – a 3700sq. ft. retail gift gallery established in 2015 whose mission is to elevate Handmade by showcasing a highly curated collection of more than 100 artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Meghann Halfmoon is the designer and creator behind the sewing pattern label halfmoon ATELIER. She believes that simple design and simple choices can have a big impact: on the way we feel, the way we live and on the world! Finding socially conscious products that fit your own personal style is still harder than it should be though. Meghann wants to help make it easier.
Her mission is to help sewists to create a sustainable handmade wardrobe by designing simple, unique sewing patterns and facilitating their search for ethically produced fabrics as a step toward her vision of a world in which sustainable, ethical production is simply standard.
Meighan O’Toole is a small business coach working with small businesses to help them carve their own special space online through messaging, marketing, and tech. Previously she ran “My Love for You” one of the first art blogs online which launched her career in tech. She’s worked for Yahoo, Wikia, and WIRED Magazine. In the 6 years she’s been in business, Meighan has worked with hundreds of small businesses and world renowned companies and organizations. Taking care of business is her passion. She lives and works outside of Boston, MA.
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 Quaal is a business owner, sewing instructor, and creator of The Espadrilles Kits. Her work has been featured in BUST and Mollie Makesmagazines and online at Michael Miller Fabrics, Hey June Handmade and While She Naps. In addition to making her own shoes, she also makes her own clothes. For the last five years she has avoided buying any new clothes in an effort to counter the waste and conformity of fast fashion with the radically simple idea of a mindful wardrobe. The project has brought attention to the ecological damage and human cost of the fashion industry since 2015. She sells her complete DIY kits for making espadrilles on Etsy and teaches sewing around the country. Visit her website at A HAPPY STITCH.
Minaa B. is a NYC based licensed psychotherapist, writer and author of the book Rivers Are Coming, a collection of essays and poems on healing from trauma and depression. She is an avid book reader and founder of the Instagram based bookclub The Lit Social (@thelitsocial). Minaa’s work is highly influenced by the arts, which is why she spends a lot of time working with creatives and using writing as a therapeutic practice. Minaa is also a mental health and self-care advocate and when she is not working she is sharing personalized inspirational messages on her Instagram page @minaa_b. Learn more about Minaa by visiting www.minaab.com
Michelle Feileacan is an artist, crafter, photographer and a whole bunch of other things. She is a self taught metalsmith and beadworker and loves the interplay of color, shape and texture. A craft dabbler, she lives on a small farm in Sonoma County, California where she raises chickens, pigs and her boys. She’s a feminist, a fat activist and a surly optimist. You can win the way to her heart with hot tea and good tacos. Her jewelry can be found at www.thesugarpond.com and her photography at www.michellefphoto.com
*Photo by Sarah Deragon
Monique Malcolm is a creative instigator who develops tools, resources, and strategies for aspiring creative entrepreneurs who have all of the ideas but struggle to make them happen. Through her brand Keep Chasing the Stars and her podcast Pimp Your Brilliance, Monique curates an outlet to help women shut down the chorus of fear and start taking action. Her most notable creation is the Visionary Journal, a goal setting system designed to give ambitious creatives an action plan to push the limits on what’s possible for their lives.
An eager optimist and natural problem solver, Monique Malcolm is a woman on a mission to push everyone she meets a little closer to the stars in the galaxy of their dreams. When she’s not running her blossoming empire, you can find her soaking up the Florida sun on a sandy beach with her husband and son.
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, Paige continued to crochet and experiment with many yarn-based crafts including weaving, knitting, and latch hooking. She started Woven By Paige in 2015, but soon after decided that she no longer enjoyed making as a business and now she practices for the love of it and teaches her favorite crafts as often as possible.
Hello! I’m Rebecca, Creator of Things at OodleBaDoodle. As a community builder and creative entrepreneur, I enjoy making things happen. Since 2013, I’ve proudly worn the hat of “team captain” for the vibrant SFEtsy Team, one of the largest communities of creative entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. I have used my superpower of networking to help Etsy sellers come together through a variety of local business development programs.
As owner and head of design at OodleBaDoodle, I spend my days as a solo-entrepreneur to create a line of whimsical home decor pillows by hand. I develop the patterns, repurpose materials and market and manage all parts of my tiny business. I’ve had the honor to make custom creations for Etsy’s Offices in San Francisco, Pinterest Offices in SF, NYC & Chicago as well as ThredUp and several other start ups. I spent the summer of 2017 as the “Artist in Residence” at the Asian Art Museum developing and showcasing my Huggable Heart Sculpture. Let’s Make Together!
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.
Sadye Harvey is an artist and maker based in Los Angeles. After owning and running a small apparel manufacturing factory for 3 years, Sadye decided to downsize and get back to creating the way she prefers – with her own two hands. Working out of her home studio in downtown LA, she creates small scale runs of apparel and samples for private clients, while also exploring new art forms. Sadye has recently expanded into working with leather under the brand Temerity, meaning reckless boldness, a term she holds dear as reminder to take risks, push the boundaries, and live a fully formed life. She loves teaching art, and witnessing the joy and confidence that comes from learning to work with your hands to create something new.
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, Lisa Solomon and Tiffany Han. Her work can be been seen in Oprah Magazine, Bust, The Huffington Post and Refinery 29.
Sarah Meranda is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Seattle, Washington. Sarah is a trained metal-smith with an emphasis on enamel. She uses her enamel jewelry to bring color and vibrancy to her art. A studio artist working out of the Georgetown area, she has found a way to combine her love of nature and cityscapes to make one of a kind and unique jewelry.
Sarah is versed in drawing, painting, printmaking, and fiber arts as well as her current studies in metal. During her time at Seattle Central College, she assisted at The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery and has always loved being surrounded by art. She has immersed herself in the Seattle metals community by having served on the board of the Seattle Metals Guild. Over the last decade, she has had the opportunity to work with many great mentors from the metals community and looks forward to giving back and inspiring other young artists.
She is passionate about the importance of higher education and is a lifelong student. Sarah has studied art at Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, Pratt Fine Arts, Danaca Design and Penland School of Craft
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.
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.