CRAFTCATION CONFERENCE 2020 – PRESENTERS
*Please note: Presenters are subject to change.
Craftcation is a conference unlike any other. Designed with makers and small business owners like you in mind, we offer four full days of craft workshops, business panels and special events to help you hone a craft, usher your business to the next level, network with like-minded creative misfits or all of the above. Our unique “build your own schedule” format allows you to focus on the topics that matter to you specifically. All while intermingling daily with our all-star roster of presenters and sponsors.
We pride ourselves on cultivating a community-centric environment where attendees have the opportunity to make valuable connections with fellow makers and entrepreneurs.
Take a look below at the list of presenters currently committed to sharing their expertise with us at Craftcation 2020!
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.
After years of pushing paper around in corporate America, feeling deeply unsatisfied and utterly uncreative, Alana found her calling through a random gift. In 2006, she received a book on soap-making from her mother and everything changed. She discovered her creativity and launched her entrepreneurial journey. She founded Etta + Billie, a sustainable small batch body care company inspired by a love for food + drink, in 2009. She combines highly effective natural ingredients to create products that are centered around a love of farm to table food culture and the community connection it brings. Over the course of the last 10 years, Alana has moved her business from apartment to a manufacturing studio, hired and trained employees, and partnered with shops big and small all across the US, Canada and parts of Asia. Etta + Billie products have been featured online and in publications like InStyle, Elle, Sunset, The Los Angeles Times, Popsugar, and Refinery 29. Her company is a certified Green Business in California, Indie Business Network, and the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild. When not in her soap kitchen, she’s often cooking with friends and family, honing her cocktail making skills at home, chasing her toddler around the playground or dreaming up her next food-focused travel adventure.
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!
Amanda Kerzman is the Creative Director of Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions. Bramble Berry brings together high-quality bath and beauty supplies, creative inspiration, and expert guidance, all in one place.
Amanda’s passion for creating started with food and lifestyle blogging. With over 6 years at Bramble Berry, she is an experienced maker of soap, bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, lip balms, and much more. She has designed, tested, styled, and photographed thousands of bath and beauty projects for Bramble Berry. With a background in retail cosmetics and skincare, Amanda believes in the power of customization and simplicity when creating beauty products at home. When she is not testing and photographing DIY recipes, you can find Amanda walking her corgi, or taking photos of her food in Bellingham, WA.
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-Marie Faiola is the founder and CEO of Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions, a company that sells soapmaking and DIY supplies. From founding the business in her kitchen with funding on a credit card to employing over 100 people in Whatcom County, she’s an in-the-trenches entrepreneur with many lessons learned along the way. She believes that creativity should be infused into every successful business strategy & that successful entrepreneurs possess a dynamic mix of resilience, tenacity and unshakeable motivation.
She is the author of Live Your Best Day Ever: Thirty-Five Strategies for Daily Success, where she shows that habit-based living is the key to hitting your goals, and three soapmaking books Pure Soapmaking, Soap Crafting,and Milk Soaps.
This mother of two active kids loves to offer advice on all things business, time management, creativity, and fitness to help provide inspiration to business owners while sharing her unconventional wisdom that has grown Bramble Berry.
Arianne Foulks is a storyteller, idea-hatcher, and optimistic yaysayer. She is captain and founder of Aeolidia, a web and graphic design studio that has been working with creative, design-oriented shops since 2004. Aeolidia serves those at early stages on their path with an informative blog and supportive community, and meets established businesses at that tipping point where strategic design can be transformative and cause exponential growth.
Aeolidia is one of the highest ranked Shopify Experts featured on shopify.com, and Aeolidia alumni include Emily McDowell, Rifle Paper Co., and the Renegade Craft Fair. The custom websites Aeolidia creates have a reputation for transforming businesses, taking them to the next step, and resulting in substantial increases to online sales. Arianne’s weekly newsletter for online shop owners has been described by a reader as, “the one email I look forward to, as I know the info propels me forward!”
Arianne has been interviewed by Design*Sponge, Etsy, Tara Gentile for CreativeLive, and Thrive By Design, among others. Her advice and tips have been included in course work for Lucky Break’s Brick House Branding, and Flourish & Thrive’s Laying the Foundation. Arianne has spoken and taught at Nearly Impossible, Altitude Summit, Maker Mentors, Schoolhouse Craft, and many other creative business conferences and events, and she’s looking forward to chatting with you about your “big little” business!
Ashley Nickels is a quilter, writer, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started her own creative business in 2013, designing quilts and bags, teaching quilting classes across the country, and writing or a variety of publications. These days Ashley teaches both in-person and online quilting and sewing classes, writes vignettes about her life and her journey, and constantly looks to connect the creative dots. Ashley’s first book, Free-Motion Quilting 101, was published in October 2019 with The Taunton Press.
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 you’ll be my best friend ^_^.
Brett Bara is the creator of Hello Bargello, a brand dedicated to bringing back the vintage craft of bargello needlepoint. She is also the founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Craft Company, a modern fiber crafts store located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Brett has been working in the professional crafts industry for over 15 years and has worn many hats including book author, TV host, magazine editor in chief, blogger, designer, and brand spokesperson. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, twin daughters, and cat.
Bridget Watson Payne
Bridget Watson Payne is an art book editor at esteemed independent publishing house Chronicle Books. She is also a writer, artist, and small business owner. With over fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She is the author of the books How Time is On Your Side, The Secret Art of Being a Parent, How Art Can Make You Happy and several others. She wrote and illustrated the fill-in journal How Was Your Day? and her drawings have been featured in YOU Magazine, Shondaland, Little U magazine, Candy magazine, and at San Francisco’s Rare Device. She is the founder of Open Studio, a shared work, learning, and retail space in San Francisco. She serves on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing, is a Senior Mentor for Representation Matters, and helps facilitate Chronicle Books’ Diversity and Inclusion Group. She has taught at Handcraft Studio School, the ICON Illustration Conference, on CreativeLive, and elsewhere; spoken at the HOW Design Conference, Alt Summit, San Francisco Writer’s Conference, California College of the Arts, and many more; and served on juries for the Society of Illustrators, The Center for Photography Editor’s Choice Awards, and others. Bridget has been featured on KTVU Mornings on 2, KATU TV Portland, Minnesota Public Radio, Prairie Public Radio, Raise Your Hand Say Yes, Publisher’s Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cup of Jo, Design Crush, Swiss Miss, and Women Who Draw, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
Brooke Anderson is an Oregon native who received a degree in Product Design from the University of Oregon. She is the Operations/Creative Director for Thunderpants USA, an organic cotton underwear company made in Portland. She has a passion for all things textile art, focusing on sustainability and eco-friendly materials and techniques.
Carol Meadows of Baron’s Sewing Center
Carol Meadows has been sewing since she received a hand crank sewing machine as a young child. After practicing on her sons, she began teaching sewing in the mid-90’s to adults and children, including her two grandsons. She’s been with Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills for 16 years teaching machine skills as well as quilting and sewing. Her years of experience have led her to develop simple techniques for sewing clothes that fit everyone beautifully. Learn to enjoy machine sewing as she teaches you tips and tricks for satisfying results.
Chaitra is the creative geek and educator behind PinkPot Studio, a design + photography studio for handmade entrepreneurs. With over 4 years of experience in web design & development in the software industry, she started her own design studio in 2015 when she moved from India to the United States. New country, new business – it was nerve-wracking, but luckily her business took off and she never looked back. She thrives on helping women entrepreneurs stand out and create a bigger visual impact online through conversion focused web design and product photography. She has been featured and spoken at Alt Summit, Snap conference, What women want radio, Tizzit.co, Create and Thrive podcast, Creative market and bloglovin’ among others. And she can’t wait to chat with you about your passionate, heart-driven business!
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.
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.
Christine Scott Hudson
Christine Scott-Hudson is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, and Certified Somatic Therapist. She is also the owner of Create Your Life Studio, a private psychotherapy practice and art therapy studio for women and girls in Santa Barbara. Christine is a feminist, trauma-informed psychology writer and a Creative Wellness Expert. She wrote the book, “150 Holiday Self-Care Activities; 150 ways to radically care for your body, mind, and soul!”
Christine’s motto is “Know your worth. Know your value. Create your life.” She helps women and girls discover their real worth and value through psychotherapy, creative expression, and the healing power of art.
Christy Nelson is the owner of Mākit Tākit, a DIY craft studio located in Lincoln, Nebraska. A lifelong maker of all the things, she had a craft blog from 2004-2011, did freelance knitting and crochet patterns, ran a social media marketing business and eventually made her dream come true by opening her own 3,000 sf retail space in 2016 to share her love of making with the community. Christy is now using her experiences to help other like-minded creatives take the leap to make their own crafty dreams come true. When Christy isn’t at her store, she loves to Knitflix (knitting + Netflix), travel, find ways to embarrass her teenagers, and make lists.
Danielle is a maker and craft business ‘biz bestie’ and educator who loves iced americanos and pop music. Through her work at The Merriweather Council, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims to inspire and support makers in business and share insights from her 8+ of experience selling handmade work online and working with hundreds of students to do the same. In 2015, Danielle created her signature Etsy Training Course which has helped more than 1,000 students leverage the unique power of this platform to generate thousands of dollars in sales per month.
At the Merriweather Council, we believe in celebrating the reality of gainful self-employment through craft and wants to help more artists and crafters share their work with more confidence. More info can be found at merripodcast.com and merriweathercouncilblog.com.
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 work and looks for ways to incorporate everyday tools into the creation of art. 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. When she’s not making things, Emily works in creative advertising for film & TV, plays guitar loudly in her bands Fireball Ministry and Black Sabbitch and hangs out with her husband and three cats.
Emily Gutman has been sewing for as long as she can remember- at an early age she’d play around on her mum’s and grandmother’s machines, making self-drafted purses for all the stuff she never carried around (she was 7, she didn’t have keys!). Upon discovery that her high school “Fashion Design” class was more like “Intro to Sewing” she got her teacher’s blessing to run her own prom-dress making business out of the classroom while everyone else made pajama pants. She now holds a degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising and is fascinated with the technical aspects of pattern design, which led her to launch her own sew-at-home pattern company, Mighty Femme Patterns. Emily loves to teach others to sew, and is constantly trying to lure her friends into her basement/sewing studio to make fun projects (it’s not as creepy as it sounds).
When she’s not sewing, Emily can usually be found in her kitchen whipping up incredible meals that she will serve you along with a napkin she made herself.
Erika Lee Sears
Erika Lee Sears is a self-taught oil painter from Portland, Oregon. For the last five years she has created an original piece of art every day and shared her journey on social media. As a busy mother of two, she finds inspiration in her eclectic children, the beauty of still life, and the culture of her bustling city. Her passion extends beyond just her creativity as she seeks to inspire others with her accessible approach to modern oil painting. You can find her work on the television show Portlandia, the first season of Significant Mother and featured in the Brooklyn Art Library.
Erin Garcia loves all things DIY, sandals year round, and heart-shaped everything! Erin grew up scrapbooking and making handmade greeting cards for friends and family. She now makes and creates felt goodies for her handmade business Feed the Fish co and hosts crafty workshops and parties all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Read all about Erin’s creative projects and adventures on her craftstyle blog Crafterateur.
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.
Eunice Sun is the watercolor and lettering artist behind Electric Eunice and author of her new instructional book, Watercolor Botanicals! Eunice loves to create to encourage relaxation, positivity, and laugh-out-loud moments. Beyond designing, she cultivates most of her energy and joy from being around others. With her passion for igniting the creative fire within, she teaches watercolor workshops with a love language that says, “No matter what your background is, you can do this!” She is known for her loud laugh, love for painting plants, and being every girl’s BFF. She is based in Orange County, California, with her husband, corgi mix, and their newest addition-a little human baby.
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.”
Faye Weiss is based in Flagstaff, AZ where she works as a technical editor for knit and crochet patterns, a career that melds her science background with her years of teaching in yarn stores and crafting with yarn. She learned to knit at a young age, a tradition passed down through generations in her family, but really took to it in high school and has barely gone a day without some kind of fiber activity since. Faye also dabbles in spinning, sewing, embroidering and designing cross stitch patterns as a part of her company, Good to Goat Studio. If it involves some kind of needle and thread, she’s in! When away from the editing desk, she can be found exploring the Southwest with her husband and two (spoiled) dogs.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Jessie Katz Greenberg
Jessie Katz Greenberg is a graphic designer, educator, & life long crafter currently located in NYC. Specializing in hand lettering, she loves getting the chance to incorporate her design and typography knowledge into the crafts she’s been obsessed with since childhood, like embroidery and paper crafting.
Jessie has taught a variety of workshops throughout New York and New England including: faux flower crowns, floral monogram wall hangings, embroidery, block printing, glass etching, hand sewing, tie dye, and of course a variety of hand lettering techniques. Most recently she’s enjoying sharing her love of crafting as a co-host of the inspiration destination podcast Craft Hangout.
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.
Jillian Gomez is a craft blogger, graphic designer, and cross-stitch pattern designer and instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. She created her blog Short + Loud as a creative outlet outside of her day-job in Animation Production Management.
Since committing herself to her creative side this past year, Jillian has started teaching at Makers Mess in Los Angeles, continued her freelance career in graphic design, and was commissioned to create a custom cross stitch piece for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Instagram marketing campaign.
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.
Kari Chapin has been a leading authority and trusted voice in the handmade community for over 10 years. She is the best-selling author of The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business. She has been a guest on over 75 podcasts, a highly acclaimed CreativeLIVE instructor and featured in countless magazines and blogs. A beloved public speaker who specializes in pep talks for both intimate audiences of 20 and large scale groups up to 8,000, Kari has helped thousands of people build confidence, self-understanding and purposeful lives.
In 2019, on a journey to rediscover what is truly important to her as well as be of service to others, Kari followed her heart’s calling and began writing guided journals while traveling around the United States in her trusty Volvo. Part experiment, part adventure, this expedition of self-discovery, travel and helping others will be documented through writing and audio recordings.
She is delighted to bring Self-Care Clinics to Craftcation and looks forward to working with anyone who wants to improve their emotional outlook on what it means to be an artist, creative person or business owner. “
Katie Kortman for Spoonflower
Katie Kortman is a sewist, artist, and self-proclaimed dancing queen. Over the years she has sold her artwork in galleries, worked as a display artist for Anthropologie, taught high school art, had a handmade accessories company called Blue-Eyed Freckle, and mothered her four children. She has lived in many places around the globe as the wife of a Navy Doctor, but currently resides in Virginia.
Katie enjoys combining her passions into one by using her artwork to design fabric on Spoonflower, that she can then sew up into clothing (and DANCE). She blogs at katiekortman.com and over on Instagram you can find her @katiekortmanart where she dances around in her handmade wardrobe.
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.
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.
Kirsten Rowe is the founder and owner of Craftiful Make & Take Studio, a local craft studio in San Jose offering drop-in crafting, workshops and events. Before opening the studio in 2018, Kirsten spent 20+ years in the Corporate Tech world while trying to figure out how to turn her passion for crafting into a career. Kirsten loves doing lots of different types of crafts but considers her real talent to be creating community and group crafting experiences.
Kim Baise is a Los Angeles based artist and designer with a Masters in printmaking and sculpture from NYU. Using papier mache and organic and repurposed materials, her mobile constructions and figurative assemblages embody the energy of her mark making. While referencing traditional Cartoneria, her ice cream trucks, banjo playing cats and crying eyes reveal her own hilarious take on the everyday. Kim’s work can be found at West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Nickey Kehoe, One King’s Lane and more.
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.
Lela Barker has a unique perspective on entrepreneurship because she sits on both sides of the table. She’s a successful maker with 15 years of experience building a creative business. Since launching her bootstrapped apothecary brand in 2003, Lela guided Bella Lucce’s growth to include 1500+ wholesale accounts in 27 countries, generating more than $12million in revenue.
Lela is also a business strategist who’s wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace. She parlayed her time in the entrepreneurial trenches into a series of innovative teaching programs and a robust private consulting practice. Through Lucky Break Consulting, Lela has the privilege of helping thousands of creative entrepreneurs navigate product pricing, brand development, and wholesale strategy.
Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide and Brick House Branding– her flagship brand development mentorship- consistently sell out within days each time registration opens. She huddles daily with members of the Think Tank, her monthly mastermind designed to support makers and product designers.
Lela teaches and speaks regularly, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and *almost* everywhere in between. When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find her collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie recipe, and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising her teenage daughters.
Lucrecer is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer, watercolor lettering artist, and digital marketing strategist. She can also plan the heck out of an event. She has been an artist for most of her life and a photographer for over seventeen years and has had numerous photographs and original art published in books and magazines.
She is a popular workshop leader, who motivates and captivates her audience while teaching on topics like honing your creativity, photography, watercolor lettering, photography, live broadcasting techniques, and visual communications. She delivers soul-stirring messages that motivate people to do their best and never give up.
Lucrecer was honored by TEDxCincinnatiWomen as one of their “Extraordinary Honorees” for her accomplishments in the community as well as her unique personal achievements. She is also the City Champion for Cincinnati’s Together Digital chapter, an association dedicated to accelerating the advancement and growth of women in digital fields.
She also helped create the Black Women in Politics database. When she and three other Black women went looking for a database of Black women running for office and couldn’t find a comprehensive one, they decided to create one. For the first round of this list, 100+ Black women candidates were a part of the database. When they put out a call for people to submit others who they knew were running for office, the list grew to over 500.
Born in Georgia, Lucrecer is a southern girl at heart. She loves on herself, loves on haters and has no problem calling out “hot mess” when she sees it.
Lucy Scinta of Baron’s Sewing Center
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 is a diversity & inclusion keynote speaker and digital marketing consultant who works with businesses and individuals, empowering them to rediscover their authentic voice, be more compassionate to themselves, and more inclusive of others. In July 2019, she produced the world premiere of her one-person show, which offers a sequin-filled, entertaining perspective that’s part stand-up, part TED-style talk, part puppet show, and part dance party on how we can spread joy, hope, and allyship for a kinder, more inclusive world. 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.
Marisa Lynch is a Los Angeles based blogger and author of the book “New Dress A Day” published by Random House. When she’s not sifting through vintage bling at the flea market, you can find her scrolling through Instagram while waiting on line at Starbucks (say hi @newdressaday), behind a sewing machine with Justin Timberlake pumping, or blogging into the wee hours with Jimmy Fallon & The Tonight Show keeping her company.
She’s been featured in the NY Times, Glamour, and on Anderson Cooper, but her most beloved moment was when Rihanna called her vintage Harley Davidson t-shirt badass.
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.
May discovered her interest in art + design when she was in grade school. She spent her free time drawing portraits and making doll clothes. After earning her BFA in Illustration and Animation, she did not pursue a related career. Instead, she ended up in mass manufacturing and retail. Realizing how unfulfilling her chosen path has been, she’s found a renewed passion for the arts. Currently, she experiments with leather as a medium, while finding ways to incorporate her illustrations into functional and wearable objects. Her work has been featured at the de Young Museum and SFMOMA in San Francisco, under the name TIMMY MAYS. All her pieces are handmade in her Alameda studio, where she also teaches workshops focused on leathercraft.
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.
Melissa Quaal is a business owner, sewing instructor, and creator of The Espadrilles Kits. Her work has been featured in BUST and Mollie Makes magazines 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.
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
Mindy Wright is a Sonoma County based soap maker, entrepreneur, teacher, and goat farmer. Wanting to give her kids the country childhood she enjoyed (her first pet was not a dog, but a goat named Sally!), she moved to a small farm (and fixer farmhouse) in the first week of 2012. Her foray into soapmaking started as an attempt to utilize the surplus milk from her dairy goats but she was smitten by the craft that it quickly transformed from hobby to career changer. Her soaps and classes have been featured in Fodors, Edible Sonoma and Marin and Sonoma Magazine. Mindy is a certified soap maker and soapmaking teacher through the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and also a member of Sonoma County Farm Trails.
Missy Graff Ballone
As an Artist, Missy understands the physical toll that an active studio practice can take on the body. The strain of working long hours and the stress that comes along with the process can increase our risk of injury over time. Missy used her background in massage therapy and movement to create Wellness for Makers®. Her goal is to empower creatives like you through education, mindful-living, and movement. She believes that by deepening our understanding of the body, we can create more sustainable careers and studio routines.
Missy graduated with her MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a RYT-500hr Alignment based Yoga Teacher and she has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2007.
Monique Malcolm is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and creative coach who is obsessed with bringing ideas to life. She’s the founder of Keep Chasing the Stars – a stationary and small gifts brand, as well as, Pimp Your Brilliance a podcast and learning community for digital content creators. She loves developing tools and resources for creative people who have banging ideas but struggle to make them happen.
Monique is on a mission to empower people to stop letting fear have all the fun and to start boldly going after the things they desire in life. When she’s not wearing the many hats that being a creative entrepreneur demands, you can find her soaking up the Florida sun on a sandy beach with her husband and rude teenage son.
Natasha Monahan Papousek has always made things and music, but was discouraged from a creative life by her concerned family who wanted her to get a “real job” with benefits and stuff. So, after graduating with a BA in International Studies (which was an attempt to get practical) from Earlham College, she did not find work in journalism and ended up falling into a career as a secretary, doing creative stuff (like making origami jewelry and playing fiddle in a band) on the side. In 1997, when she was living in Austin, TX, her husband gave her a henna kit for her birthday…and she became hopelessly addicted to learning and practicing henna art. After six months of drawing on herself, her coworkers and anyone who didn’t move fast enough, people started paying her to do henna at their parties and her business, Crescent Moon Designs, was born. When she moved to San Diego, CA in 2000, the henna business traveled with her and remained a side hustle to more secretarial jobs until she had an opportunity to work at a body art kiosk in Seaport Village in 2012. She was able to quit her day job a few years later and take over the lease of the kiosk. Last year, new management took over Seaport Village, and when they doubled the rent, she decided to try her hand at a pet portrait business and Poppyfish Studio was born. Now she happily juggles henna and jagua gigs with doing collage portraits of pets and performing in Lisdoonvarna, a Celtic band. In her spare time, she loves experimenting with fabric art, paper-making, mono-printing, and playing the ukulele. Occasionally, she sits still long enough for her cats to claim her lap.
Nicole Swartz is an attorney + founder of Sprout Law, a law firm for women. She helps women with company registration, trademarks, copyrights, and contracts. She is featured as an expert in Brit + Co, Girlboss, Hello Giggles, Belong, Washington Post, Forbes, and CNBC. Nicole lives in Austin, TX with her partner and two pitbull rescues, Gator and Russell.
As an independent branding consultant and TEDx speaker, Olivia Omega Wallace is also the Co-Founder of Wallace Marketing Group and the author of Beautifully Branded: The Girl’s Guide to Understanding the Anatomy of Brand You. She encourages creative entrepreneurs 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 branding workshops, online courses and video tutorials. Olivia provides the strategies and tools needed to successfully build a heart-centered personal brand both online and offline.
With 20 years of corporate branding, social media, advertising and digital marketing experience, Olivia has influenced the global brands of Frito Lay, Pepsi and Starbucks among others. She is a mom, wife, disco ball enthusiast and has been featured in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Business Week, People and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Rebecca Saylor is a community builder and creative entrepreneur. She enjoys making things happen. Since 2013, she’s proudly worn the hat of “team captain” for the vibrant SFEtsy Team, one of the largest communities of creative entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. Using her 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, she spends her days as a solo-entrepreneur to create a line of whimsical home decor pillows by hand.
Robert Mahar is an artist, designer and maker. He develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects through high-quality video tutorials on Bluprint, CreativeLive and YouTube and in-person workshops. He was also a contestant on the inaugural season of NBC’s creative competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. The crafty content Robert develops and presents to his 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 developed 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 studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur.
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. 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.
Marketer, entrepreneur and creative, Sharon Fain’s passion is working with creatives and on creative projects. She has previously founded Academy of Handmade (a support organization for makers), helmed her own PR agency, and studied media in London and LA. When she isn’t freelancing for Dear Handmade Life, her favorite creative projects include writing, indigo dyeing, problem solving for small businesses, and embroidery. She now makes her home in the high desert of Southern California where she lives with her two dogs (Turner and Lunchbox), her husband and a bunch of quail, jack rabbits and roadrunners.
Shelly Kim, the artist behind Letters By Shells discovered the act of creating art as a creative outlet from her desire to release stress from her full-time job back in 2015. She has now made it a mission for her artwork to express love and positivity, and for it to inspire others to believe that anything in life is totally possible. Through this beautiful art, Shelly has now found a love for teaching, allowing her to teach lettering workshops all over the world, leading her up to the creation of her new book Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy. Never in a million years, did Shelly ever think she could create art on a daily basis and pursue this passion full-time.
Shelly has also collaborated with a wide range of creative companies, including Apple, at their Today at Apple event, where she shared her artwork and story; Adobe Students, for their Spark Stories Sweepstakes; and with such crafts manufacturers as Tombow, Ranger Ink, and Princeton Brush. Shelly and her work have been featured on CBS News, Art Insider, and MOO.com.
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.
Vickie Howell is the creator/host of The Webby Awards Honoree and Tellys People Choice Award Winner, The Knit Show with Vickie Howell, the first studio-quality, community funded, internationally accessible, episodic knitting series. To date the show’s channel has over 350,000 views, and viewers watching from 19+ different countries.
Vickie is well-known as the host of TV shows including DIY Network & HGTV series, Knitty Gritty, host and co-executive producer of Telly Award-winning PBS show, Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell. She is also an internationally recognized blogger, speaker, CreativeLive and Brit+Co. instructor, social strategist, and author. Vickie has produced thousands of hours of programming through a variety of channels including her podcast, CRAFT*ish, and the longest-running Facebook Live series in the genre, Ask Me Monday.
Vickie has had several co-branded product lines and worked as a consultant, spokesperson & ambassador for major brands including Yarnspirations, Land’s End, JoAnn, Ragu, Cannon, Inkjoy, Thirty-one Gifts, and Visible Mobile.
Vickie strives to motivate and inspire people both to live creatively and make a living being creative. Her subscription box business YarnYAY!, melds retail with the nurturing of that community and has sold out almost every month since its 2018 launch. Her 13th book, The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Wellness (Abrams) hits shelves in October 2019.