craftcation 2014 presenters

Note: schedule and workshops are subject to change.

aida mollenkamp

food adventurer aida mollenkamp has been cooking, eating, studying, reading, writing, and engaging in all things food since she was a teenager. she attended cornell university’s school of hotel administration, studied culinary and pastry arts at le cordon bleu paris with a grand diplôme, was the food editor of chow and is the host of the food network’s ask aida & food crafters on the cooking channel. aida’s first cookbook was published by chronicle books in fall 2012.

Allison Costa

Allison Costa is a food writer and owner of Ventura Food Tours. Her work has been published in a variety of Ventura county publications including Edible Ojai and Ventura County Magazine, Ventana Monthly, and the VC Reporter. She also appears annually on Good Food with Evan Kleiman where she talks about new Ventura area eats. Building upon her passion for all things eating and drinking in Ventura county, she launched her food walking tour business in 2011. Ventura Food Tours currently offers half-day food tasting tours in downtown Ventura and downtown Ojai. When she’s not writing or leading food tours, this mom of three young children can be found baking in her kitchen and daydreaming about the days when she’ll have more time to be crafty.

Alton DuLaney

Alton DuLaney is a creative authority on modern living. From the hottest trends to the latest tools, Alton provides tips for all of life’s occasions. Alton’s expertise has been featured in numerous interviews for magazines, radio, newspaper, and TV, including The Rachael Ray Show, People Magazine, Family Circle, Women's Home Journal, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart Radio, 1010 WINS, NBC, ABC, PIX, FOX, CW 11, NY1 and the Wendy Williams Show. Alton received national recognition when he was crowned the Scotch Brand’s “Most Gifted Wrapper.” During this annual national gift-wrapping contest, he was tasked with the challenge of wrapping several odd-shaped gifts, including—as the finale—a baby grand piano. As the winner, Alton was featured on Good Morning America and the Bonnie Hunt Show (where he gift-wrapped a producer), among many other national and local media outlets. As Brand Ambassador for Scotch 3M, Alton to garner press for the brand on TV and in publications such as Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, and on Rachel Ray. Originally from the small Texas town of Splendora, Alton has been involved with the arts all his life and received a BFA in Art from the University of Texas. His diverse artistic interests span from fashion to the circus arts to fine photography. He is also currently working on Letters from Lucky, a book that chronicles 18 years worth of letters from a mentor to his protégé on the importance of art and creative living.

Amelia Strader

Amelia Strader has a lifetime of experience teaching and crafting under her (handmade) belt. She has been knitting, sewing, and crafting since she could hold onto a needle. Having grown up in a family of artists and creative people, she feels lucky to have been surrounded by art supplies, fabric, and yarn at a young age. Amelia graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design and for 8 years she worked in the garment industry as a technical designer. She no longer works in the corporate world, but instead uses the skills she developed to create designs and patterns for her own business, San Francisco-based mobile craft workshop, GoGo Craft. Amelia was the co-founder of the popular monthly crafting event, Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, CA. Several of her tutorials and projects have been featured on Etsy,, and eHow.

amy tan

It's hard for Amy Tan to imagine where her life would be had she not fallen in love with scrapbooking in 2007. This hobby has afforded her so many amazing opportunities – including a number of signature lines with American Crafts, many of her projects published in a variety of magazines, her own book, and the chance to meet so many inspiring people - that she is endlessly grateful for. When she's not at home in Los Angeles, California with two mischievous Jack Russell Terriers, her long time partner, JC, and their adorable son, Jack, she is traveling, finding great places to eat, and doing her best to enjoy every moment. All while Instagramming everything along the way. Amy loves salted caramel anything, doggy cuddles, baby giggles, palm trees, riding her beach cruiser, and nachos. Always nachos. You can find her blogging about her life at

Annie Tunheim

Annie Tunheim is an intellectual property attorney who opened her virtual law practice Tunheim Law LLC in 2008. She counsels business owners throughout the United States on how to create and maintain strong brands both domestically and abroad. An attorney by mind but a lover of all things handmade at heart, she can often be found in the kitchen whipping up healthful baked goods for her three hungry boys, crocheting, or crafting a plan to rope her husband into joining her for the next DIY home improvement project. She has lectured at the International Bar Association Conference, her virtual law practice has been featured on, and she has extensive experience with clients in the clothing, arts and craft, jewelry, bath and beauty, and home goods industries. Some of her clients include Holly Becker from the preeminent design blog decor8, aden + anais (world-renowned for their muslin baby products), and Couch (guitar straps for some of the music industry's greats). She lives in a hundred-year old home in Denver, Colorado and spends much of her free time hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her visual arts teacher husband, children, and dog.

Beth Giles

Beth Giles is the owner and curator of the online shop and Long Beach boutique, Salvage Life. Salvage Life is a lifestyle store filled with vintage and new clothing, accessories, home decor, children's and gift items. Beth started Salvage Life in 2006 by selling a few jewelry pieces on Etsy and it evolved from there. In 2012 she launched her own online shop and in 2013, she opened her Long Beach boutique. Salvage Life has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Apartment Therapy, on the Today Show, on Taylor Swift and numerous local publications and blogs. Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in both Fashion Design and Merchandising from California State University Long Beach. Prior to starting Salvage Life, she worked at several retail stores, restaurants, a contemporary women's showroom in Los Angeles and as a visual merchandiser. She has no formal business training, but is determined to learn what she needs to in order to run a successful business. She has several employees and is always eager to share what she has learned. Beth juggles her business along with her family. Her and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters who are four and one. They live in their 1920's bungalow in Long Beach, just half a mile from Beth's shop. When at the shop, the girls love to play and pretend to make business cards and be the customers. Life isn't always perfect, but it's an adventure!

Brittany Jepsen

Brittany Jepsen is a crafter and designer and runs the blog The House That Lars Built, a lifestyle blog dedicated to living an artful life. She also has a love affair with paper flowers of all kind.

Brittni Mehlhoff

Brittni Mehlhoff is an editor, curator, and craft stylist, currently living in the sunshine state. After receiving a BFA in painting and drawing years ago, she snagged a job as a high school art teacher - spending mornings and afternoons teaching and nights painting & preparing for gallery shows. Mehlhoff quickly realized, however, that this was not the path she was meant to pursue. So she developed a plan to move out of teaching and gallery shows and into more of a curator/editor role, so she could help others with their creative endeavors. This is how Paper & Stitch was founded. After less than a year working on the site in her free-time, Brittni was able to quit her teaching gig and pursue her new venture full-time. That was in 2009 and since then, a lot has changed. In the last several years, Mehlhoff's blog, Paper & Stitch, has been named one of the 12 most beautiful creative blogs on the internet by and her work has been featured in the pages of Country Living, Woman's Day, Mollie Makes, Cloth, Fresh Home Ideas, and more. Additionally, she has worked with brands and sites such as, The Huffington Post, DIY Network, HP, Old Navy, and Bing, as well as working as a freelance DIY contributor for Curbly, Project Wedding, One Charming Party, and more.

cathy callahan

Cathy Callahan is a designer/maker based in Los Angeles. Her current projects explore techniques influenced by the work of textile artists such as Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks and Clare Zeisler. All pieces are handmade in small batches and are created in limited runs or are one-of-a-kind. Cathy has appeared on the Martha Stewart show and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Sunset, Anthology, Mollie Makes and Frankie magazines. Her jewelry and accessories collection is available at stores such as Yolk, Poketo, A+R and The Hammer Museum. Cathy is also works a window dresser, merchandiser and product consultant.

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an artist, writer, and sawdust maker who's passionate about the connection between creativity and community. He's the editor-in-chief of, a DIY home decor website dedicated to helping people love where they live. He's also the founder of ManMade, a craft and lifestyle site for creative guys. He currently lives and makes messes in Columbus, Ohio.

Christina Bec Atkinson

Christina Bec Atkinson began practicing yoga in early 2010. Immediately, she fell in love with the amazing benefits of detoxification and strength that it provided her with. Never one to exercise much before, she was pleased to discover that yoga is an effective and accessible workout for any body. It encouraged her over time that amazing physical changes can be made available to anyone through patience and practice. The three fundamental blocks of breath, balance, and patience have become invaluable to her for the simple reason that through employing those practices one can awaken the innate capacity within their own body to heal and restore itself, on and off the mat. Christina completed her first 200 hour teacher training program from Core Power Yoga in spring of 2012, and has been enjoying teaching one on one and with small groups of clients ever since to help shine the light of that awareness to others. She loves to create a class specific to the needs of an individual. Whether it be a specific area of the body they would like to target, an emotional upset, or internal malady, yoga offers postures and techniques that in and of themselves are not "cures" but rather means to awaken in the body itself its own miraculous capacity to stimulate self-recovery.

Christina Loff

Christina Loff is a publicist, marketer, and content strategist with a focus on lifestyle categories. She relishes every opportunity to collaborate with creative people and bring communities together around original products, ideas, and imaginative companies. Christina is currently the Community Marketing Manager at creativeLIVE, where she leads their social media strategy and helps build and support their online community. She's been lucky enough to work with the talented and innovative teams at ReadyMade magazine (RIP), Creativebug, Hello!Lucky, Wikia, and Chronicle Books, where she worked as a publicist and marketer for six years developing and promoting their lifestyle and craft category. Christina has also written for various websites and magazines including CraftStylish and SFist. A Jersey girl who fell in love with San Francisco 16 years ago and has never looked back, Christina is also an avid crafter who’s dabbled in just about every craft and is currently obsessed with turning her new 70s-style apartment into a cozy retreat chock full of handmade wares. want to connect with christina? join her on twitter, pinterest, instagram and her blog.

christine haynes

Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns, Christine Haynes Patterns, which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. Her first book, Chic & Simple Sewing was published by Random House in 2009, and her newest book, The Photo Illustrated Guide to Clothing Construction will be published in February 2014 by Quarry Press. Christine’s articles have been published in SewStylish, Sew News, CraftStylish, and Craft Zine magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Craftsy Blog. She teaches sewing classes both in-person in Los Angeles at Sew L.A., and also teaches her popular Sassy Librarian Blouse on-line with Craftsy. Her work has been featured in Threads Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC's Today Show, among others. She has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild conference, the 2012 and 2013 Craftcation conferences, and has contributed to other books, like One Yard Wonders.

Claire Comfort

Claire Comfort works on Etsy’s seller education team and enthusiastically organizes events and programs for sellers who share a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. She is a native New Yorker with a love for the Southwest, where she taught art for many years. Printmaking is her passion, specifically letterpress and screen printing.

Courtney Cerruti

Courtney Cerruti is a full-time maker and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Playing with Image Transfers: Exploring Creative Imagery for Use in Art, Mixed Media and Design published by Quarry 2013. She teaches bookarts and paperarts at the San Francisco Center for the Book, online at and at guest locations all over. Courtney is addicted to washi tape, instagram (@ccerruti) and collecting all things old and worn.

Debi Adams

Debi is no stranger to the scrapbooking industry; she's been scrapbooking for more than 15 years and has designed a variety of embellishments and dies. She enjoys sewing unique fashion and home décor items, as well as creating custom wall murals. Her "addictions" include trips to the "Button Man" in L.A., Saturday morning garage sales and window shopping at Anthropologie. Debi and her daughters, Kristen, Chellie, Lauren and Alyssa reside in Anaheim, California. They enjoy water sports, dancing and planning unique themed holidays for their family get togethers.

Deborah Balmuth

Deborah Balmuth is Publisher at Storey Publishing, a company creating books that promote creative, sustainable living from it offices on the MASS MoCA campus in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. She feels lucky to have a job that allows her to bring her love of knitting, sewing, crafting, cooking, and country living into the office with her every day.

delilah snell

delilah snell is the owner of road less traveled, an environmentally friendly store based in santa ana, california. featured in sunset magazine, the fine living network, LA times, KCRW and numerous other media outlets, her store has won several awards for environmental products and education for the past 5 years. a staunch supporter of the local food movement, delilah has worked closely with several local farms, non-profits and community groups in marketing, product development and event planning and lectures on food sustainability for almost 10 years. delilah is also a Master Food Preserver and has started a line of local, organic preserves called backyard in a jar teaching classes on proper food preservation across the state. in 2006, she co-founded patchwork show with her niece nicole to provide a high-quality, local goods in the marketplace. a life-long resident of orange county, she currently lives in santa ana and writes about local, economical living on her blog project small.

Diane Gilleland

Diane Gilleland is a craft writer, designer, and teacher based in Portland Oregon. She's the author of Kanzashi In Bloom and co-author of Quilting Happiness, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites. She blogs about crafts (with occasional tangents on the care and feeding of small creative businesses) at

Dwight Detter

A former Vietnam War era Veteran. Over 20 years in the Food Service Industry in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dwight Detter has spent the last 15 years in the grocery industry and has been with Whole Foods Market for 13 years. As a local forager for the past 2 years, Dwight has been helping start-ups get onto Whole Foods grocery shelves. He has also been teaching monthly classes on developing cottage businesses and working with community groups such as the Orange County Food Access Coalition and the San Diego Food Alliance. Dwight is currently involved with developing a value added program with Archi’s Acres VSAT Program for returning Marines and Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eleanor Callott Whitney

Eleanor Callott Whitney is a writer, rock musician, educator, and arts administrator raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn. She finds joy in bringing order to the chaos of creativity, empowering artists with the tools they need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and in managing and facilitating creative projects with panache. She is the author of Grow: How to take your DIY project and passion to the next level and quit your job! and writes extensively about art, culture and nonprofit management. She published the personal, art zine Indulgence for 15 years, as well as co-founded the Portland Zine Symposium and has worked for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, and P.O.V./American Documentary. She is the proud recipient of a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College where she learned to stop worrying and love statistical and budgetary analysis.

Emily Reiter

Emily Reiter is a full-time wedding, portrait, and fine art photographer based in Ventura County with small business, blogging, and Etsy shop experience. Emily first opened her Etsy shop under the moniker "Anna Delores," after her grandmother and great-grandmother, and thus Anna Delores Photography was born. Emily currently focuses on wedding photography, shooting about 30 weddings per year, but maintains her Etsy shop and loves to work on special photographic projects for bloggers, wedding vendors, and styled shoots throughout California. One of her favorite things to photograph is stationery. And, really, anything pretty. Emily also continues to maintain the Anna Delores blog and writes about topics in small business and wedding planning, in addition to sharing images from photo shoots. Emily's work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, and numerous creative blogs, including Brittni Mehlhoff's Papernstitch, and her photos are part of a forthcoming cocktails recipe book, slated for release in early 2014.

Emily Spiegelman

Emily Spiegelman is the Digital Features Editor at Storey Publishing, where she writes a monthly e-newsletter, coordinates social media campaigns, and curates the Inside Storey blog, which sports a lively mix of posts covering topics from recipes to patterns for crafters to Idaho ranch life. It’s a rowdy space! When not writing about makers and doers, Emily does her best to emulate the lifestyle, squeezing in time for knitting, baking, gardening, and maintaining her personal blog.

Erin Dollar

Erin Dollar is the owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Since 2012, she has been creating limited edition textile goods from her home studio in Pasadena, California. After effectively using social media to grow her own business and quit her day job, Erin now teaches creative small business owners how to effectively use social media to market their unique products and services. While continuing to run Cotton & Flax, Erin spends her spare time teaching creative entrepreneurs how to use Pinterest and Instagram to tell a brand's story, and to create personalized connections with fans and followers that lead to sales.

ernest miller

ernest miller is the chef for the farmer’s kitchen in hollywood, a non-profit community-oriented project of sustainable economic enterprises of los angeles. he is a certified master gardener and master food preserver, and is responsible for bringing the master food preserver program back to los angeles after more than a 10-year absence.

evan kleiman

evan kleiman has been chef-owner of angeli caffe on melrose since 1984. she has been the host of good food on kcrw for almost 15 yrs. her interest in food policy is expressed through her participation on the los angeles food policy council, as a member of the stewardship council of the statewide organization roots of change and as the founder of los angeles’ slow food chapter. she co-authored, cucina fresca, the first of seven cookbooks she has published. she’s been called the jerry garcia of cooking with the freewheeling improvisation she brings to the kitchen. evan is a sought after speaker and teacher and a noted cookbook author.

gustavo arellano

gustavo arellano is the editor in chief of oc weekly, an alternative newspaper in orange county, california, author of orange county: a personal history and taco usa: how mexican food conquered america, and lecturer with the chicana and chicano studies department at california state university, fullerton. he writes “¡ask a mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about america’s spiciest and largest minority. the column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the united states, won the 2006 and 2008 association of alternative weeklies award for best column, and was published in book form by scribner press in may 2007 arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, the today show, hannity & colmes, nightline, good morning america, and the colbert report, and his commentaries regularly appear on marketplace and the los angeles times. gustavo is the recipient of the los angeles press club’s 2007 president’s award and an impacto award from the national hispanic media coalition, and was recognized by the california latino legislative caucus with a 2008 spirit award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” gustavo lives in orange county and is the proud son of two mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

jenelle montilone

Armed with a pair of scissors, a pile of out-grown clothing, and the desire to make a positive difference in the world: these are the humble beginnings of what has now grown into a worldwide movement to change the way we consume and create. Jenelle Montilone is an author, maker, creative activist, and entrepreneur. Harolded by the New York Enterprise Report as "an innovator to watch" Jenelle re-imagines waste and diverted more than 36 tons of textiles from our landfills. Her work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, The Crafts Report, Inc. Magazine, Halogen TV and numerous other publications both on and offline. Jenelle is a Bernina Ambassador and regular contributor to We All Sew and Oh My Handmade. You can find her one of a kind boys clothing designs and a slew of DIY tutorials at

Jenifer Lake

jenifer lake owns sprout studio (also at & the gleaner project – a love for pretty, lovely, handmade items joined with all things vintage makes her a happy lady. she loves to create in just about all ways; she's a knitter, a canner/jammer/pickler, a collagist, a self proclaimed image taker & maker, a clayer, & a baker, but unfortunately, just not a candlestick maker. jenifer has been teaching in various settings for over 15 years. she's taught at camps, workshops, studios, classrooms & to ages 5 years old to 60+. she currently is a kindergarten through 8th grade visual arts teacher in san francisco. even though she has a southern heart, she feels lucky to call san francisco her home.

Kaari Meng

Kaari Meng was raised in a large, creative family near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. Encouraged from an early age to be independent and create something unique, Kaari found her niche by designing jewelry for Anthropologie. With the help of family and friends, Kaari opened French General, a vintage craft boutique workshop, which offers classes on everything from jewelry making to tapestry weaving. The love of all things old and French led Kaari to discover the rural countryside of France, the flea markets and her true passion...textiles! For the past six years, Kaari has designed quilting fabric and patterns for Moda based on French General's collection of early 19th century florals and stripes. Inspired by the past, Kaari has written a handful of books on vintage crafts, sewing, and entertaining. For the past six years, Kaari has taken groups of women to France every summer to live in a chateau and find their inner Frenchwoman.

Kari Chapin

Kari Chapin is a writer, teacher, and mentor who works with hand-makers, business people, and future authors from all over the world. She currently has three books on the shelves, the best sellers: The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business and a book she co-wrote with needle felt artist, Kerri Wessel, Feltlicious. Kari travels the country speaking to arts and crafts groups, at conferences, and on college campuses, inspiring and motivating audiences on topics ranging from owning and operating a creativity based business to following your big dreams. She manages a popular online members-only group called Kari’s Creative Community, where hundreds of creative business owners gather online to support and encourage one another all in the pursuit of making their businesses the best they can be. Kari also works one-on-one with aspiring authors, helping them to take their book ideas to the next level. Kari has her own line of products to support creative business owners that will be released in 2015 and an updated version of The Handmade Marketplace will be released in summer of 2014. She happily lives her best creative life in Portland, Oregon with her husband Eric, who is also a writer. To connect with Kari and learn more about her books, and her services, including Kari’s Creative Community, please visit and be sure to sign up for her newsletter.

Kate McKean

Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc, in Brooklyn, NY. She represents a wide variety of clients and genres, from the internet humor book I Can Has Cheezburger to YA horror author Madeleine Roux's ASYLUM--both New York Times Best sellers. But she specializes particularly in craft and design books. In the craft world she presents: Diane Gilleland, Kim Werker, Ellen Luckett Baker, Allison Hoffman, Hello Craft, Ali Winston, Project Linus, Jessica Pigza, Carina Envoldsen-Harris, Thomas Knauer, Heather Mann, Melody Miller, Annabel Wrigley, Wendi Gratz, Nikki Smith, Noah Scalin and many more. She teaches frequent workshops, classes and webinars on writing and publishing at, and at New York University. Her favorite crafts to do herself are crochet and embroidery.

Katy Svehaug

Katy Svehaug is a Brooklyn-based writer and jewelry designer. She’s a compulsive rearranger of tiny spaces, a closet optimist and Etsy’s Educational Content Coordinator. Find her on Twitter @KatySvehaug.

Kayte Terry

Kayte Terry has been a maker and designer for as long as she can remember. She has worked in the visual department for Anthropologie for over a decade, first in stores all over the country and currently in Philadelphia at the company’s home office. When she’s not dreaming up new concepts and displays for Anthro, she keeps busy writing books, making art and keeping her blog, This is Love Forever, a journal of beautiful things she loves. Kayte is the author of three books: Creative Embellishing (Collins & Brown), Applique Your Way (Chronicle) and Paper Made (Workman). She has contributed to numerous books including: Vintage Craft Workshop, Bead Simple, World of Geekcraft and Signature Styles. Kayte’s crafty projects (sewing, paper craft, embroidery-she’ll try them all!) have been featured on numerous blogs such as design*sponge, decor8, Real Simple blog, Apartment Therapy, Etsy and Creature Comforts. You can keep up with her crafty adventures on her blog This is Love Forever.

Kelly Beall

Kelly Beall has loved art and design for as long as she can remember. (Seriously.) Since making the move from the world of advertising to design (and the 6 states in between), her day-to-day life plays out as a freelance graphic designer and author of Design Crush. What began in June 2007 as a place to catalogue design inspiration and musings quickly turned into a design crush of massive proportions. Every post is kept short and sweet, showing off anything and everything Kelly is inspired by. Never anything she's not. When undistracted by obscure and clever design finds, Kelly can be found making a mess in the kitchen, hanging out at dive bars and stalking professional mascots. She shares her Oklahoma home with two laid-back cats and two mischievous dogs.

Kelly Lanza

Kelly Lanza is the editor and founder of Studio DIY, where she's helping folks celebrate each and every moment, the DIY way. Her colorful, ready-to-party DIYs and ideas have been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Parenting Magazine, and on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, HGTV and more. When she's not busy crafting for the holidays and the every day, you'll still find a bow in her hair and confetti on the ground.

Kim Werker

Kim Werker is a writer, editor, crafter and speaker. Through Mighty Ugly she helps people and groups battle the demons that attack their creativity so they can have (more) fun making stuff and doing big things. Mighty Ugly, the book, is due out in the fall of 2014. Kim has written six crochet books, is the founder of, and is the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with a full-size human, a half-size human and a mutt. Say hello at

Lauren Rudeck

Lauren Rudeck is a Seattle based artist, designer, and illustrator. In 2006 Lauren received her Masters of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Seattle were she started a crafting group. Through the crafting group, she began growing her business: La Ru where she creates items out of her illustrations, such as belt buckles, prints, necklaces and shirts. She co-owns a brick and mortar shop in Pike Place Market called Ugly Baby and La Ru with Rosalie Gale from Ugly Baby Shower Art. Ugly Baby and La Ru carries artwork by both artists and D.I.Y. Craft Kits. Like us on Facebook:

Lauren Venell

Lauren Venell is an artist and designer from San Francisco, specializing in editorial props and product development. Her work has been published in titles by Chronicle Books, Klutz/Scholastic, Uppercase, Monsa Books and Quarry Books, among others, and featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Everyday with Rachel Ray and on Canal+ Television. She also runs two successful plush toy lines, Sweet Meats and the Deep Creeps, which can be found in stores across the globe. In addition to her creative work, Lauren often speaks at events about small business financial topics, and contributes in-depth small business articles to several creative blogs, including design*sponge and Craftzine. Lauren lives and works with her husband and an ornery parrotlet named Elvis.

Lisa Congdon

Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Harper Collins Publishing, The Obama Campaign and Simon & Schuster, among others. Lisa is also known for her intricate line drawings and pattern design and has licensed her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to illustrating full time, Lisa maintains a thriving Etsy shop and writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called "Today is Going to be Awesome." She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both set to be released by Chronicle Books in 2014. She lives in Oakland, California with her partner, chihuahua and two cats. Visit her website at

Luke Haynes

LUKE is an artist to watch. He is up-and-coming while continuing to innovate and design new ways to create art. His work is currently hanging in the Brooklyn Museum as well as the Newark Museum and the Headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation just to name a few. He shows across the country and internationally. Haynes has lived in 14 states, he is currently living in Los Angles California. He studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and considers his fabric art to be an architectural method of images creation. His works can be classified as quilts since they follow the traditional methods of construction, but they are much more. His concepts and images pull from the annals of historical painting and sculpture but are also allowed to pull from craft and the domestic since the medium is atypical, this allows for pieces that have multi layers of visual as well as conceptual intrigue.

Marie LeBaron

marie lebaron is the founder and managing editor of make and takes, and author of the book make and takes for kids published by wiley 2011. she's been featured on pbs parents, martha stewart,, parents magazine, craftzine, and named one of babble's best craft blogs. marie is the founder of the blogging relay team and hosts the yearly blogging bash she’s a mother of 3 living in seattle. there’s always some sort of project going on in her home, her kitchen table is often cluttered with crafts. when she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to read, run, and blog!

Marlo Miyashiro

Marlo Miyashiro is a Seattle based artist and arts business educator who has been in the retail and wholesale handmade craft industries for over 20 years. She is a jeweler by trade, crafter of sewn things, teacher of techniques and mentor / arts business consultant for emerging artists. She has had her handmade jewelry line represented in over 200 stores across the country and abroad and now helps artists grow their creative businesses and improve their small object photography through her work with and She is also the current organizer of – an active community of over 1500 artists who reside in the Puget Sound region of WA state and own independent shops on

Melanie Falick

Melanie Falick is the publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of ABRAMS that publishes 12-15 craft/DIY titles per year. Her responsibilities include acquiring and editing books, working with marketing, publicity, and sales departments on building the success of individual titles and the imprint as a whole, and representing the imprint and promoting craft/DIY at relevant events around the country and on social media. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits magazine, she is also the author of five knitting books with over 400,000 copies in print. She currently teaches four classes on She lives in Beacon, New York.

Michel Algazi

Michel has spent over 25 years building lasting consumer brands at Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial environments in the US and internationally. He is Chairman and CEO of Freshology, Inc., a leader in the delivery of freshly made, high-quality, healthy, calorie controlled meals to end consumers and institutional clients throughout the United States. He is founder of Food Centricity™ a new type of food industry consultancy focused on breaking market, business and financial barriers for early and growth stage food companies. He is founder of The SoCal Food Hub™, a food business accelerator and collaborative, and The Fine Foods Group™ a "click-and-brick" community of over one thousand local food entrepreneurs, who: a) interact in a dynamic online peer-to-peer food business environment, b) learn and exchange best business practices and c) get access to discounted ingredients, components and business acceleration services, which allow them to lower their cost of goods and other costs of doing business, as well as to grow more quickly and profitably. He is co-founder of Angel City Foodworks™, a one-of-a-kind facility, opening in Fall 2014, that will offer professional food makers, in LA County, access to a fully-licensed, turn-key wholesale production environment with a business support infrastructure and co-located, flexible storage and logistics services. Michel has advised many companies in the Consumer Products and Food & Beverage industries, accelerating time to market for startups and enabling profitable growth for more mature companies. He also serves as M&A advisor to Pacific Community Ventures in the food and beverage and consumer products categories. Michel has founded and successfully grown a number of ventures in the food and LOHAS industries. He has also held executive marketing and general management positions at companies such as The Walt Disney Company (Disney Consumer Products and Disney Online), Diageo plc, and Black & Decker. He sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and has been guest lecturer, on Product Innovation, at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and on Food Business Strategy, at Chapman University. Michel spent most of his youth in Latin America and has done business in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is tri-lingual (French, English, Spanish) and has a working knowledge of Italian. He lives in LA with his wife and two teenage boys.

Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward, CPC, PCC and – most importantly! – The When I Grow Up Coach, coaches creative women to get out of their soul-sucking jobs and into work they love to do. A Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a musical theater actress with her BFA from NYU/Tisch, and a Corporate America escapee, she's served as an expert source and contributor for Newsweek, Forbes, Psychology Today, Yahoo! and AOL Jobs as well as speaking at SXSW, The World Domination Summit and Etsy Success Symposium. Her first book, The Declaration of You (co-written with the artist Jessica Swift) was published by North Light Craft Books in June 2013 & encourages everyone to clarify their purpose and own their uniquity.

Nancy Soriano

Nancy Soriano has worked as a publishing and media executive for over 15 years. Passionate about the lifestyle around design, food, handmade and creative women entrepreneurs, Nancy is an innovative thinker and collaborator. Nancy was editor in chief of Country Living Magazine for 10 years. With a monthly circulation of 1.6 million readers, Nancy built the magazine into a multi-platform brand to include branded books, the Country Living Fair, Women Entrepreneur program, licensed home furnishings, special interest publications, Country Living broadcast specials with A+E, DIY Network and the Style Network, and digital. Ad Age voted Country Living Magazine one of the top ten magazine brands under Nancy as editor in chief. She then went on to co-found with Jo Packham, The Creative Connection Event, a 3-day conference that brought together and matrixed creative women and women entrepreneurs in the handmade, DIY, and food communities with social media classes, business panels, and creative handson workshops. As the Publishing Director for Craft at F+W Media, she acquired books and talent while transforming a traditional craft book business and experience into online communities of ecommerce (, craft flash sale site, online learning, events, and ebooks. Passionate about women entrepreneurs, in 2011 Nancy was asked to run the Women Entrepreneur track for the Women In Leadership Conference at the Greenbrier Resort, which Cathie Black chaired. Currently an editorial/content strategy and brand architect consultant for media, commerce, and creative businesses, clients include One Kings Lane, Uncommon Goods, Rue La La, Workman Publishing,, Etsy, Leisure Arts Publishing, and Kathy Davis Studio. Nancy has been a frequent guest on Good Morning America, the Today Show and Martha Stewart Sirius Radio as well as the keynote speaker at Etsy and The Sewing Summit, and a teacher VK Live (Vogue Knitting). An avid home cook, Nancy can usually be found baking in her kitchen on Sunday mornings. She lives in New York with her husband and son in a 1924 Tudor cottage. You can follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

Natasha Case

Natasha Case, founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller after she was working in architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering. They launched their architecturally-inspired, gourmet ice cream sandwich company from their barely driveable postal van at the Coachella Music Festival to an audience of 100,000. They built a loyal following over the festival weekend and returned to LA to an abundance of viral press, a rapidly building social media following, and an eager foodie audience. Since then, Natasha has been named a Forbes 30 under 30 - Food & Beverage & Zagat 30 Under 30, 2012 - NYC, as well as being featured in many national publications and TV shows. The company has become one of the leading innovative small dessert businesses, growing significantly to include 5 trucks and 2 storefronts in LA, 2 trucks and one cart in NYC, 2 trucks in Austin, and one truck in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, consumers can now find Coolhaus’ pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches in 1,000+ gourmet grocery stores nationally, including Whole Foods and Sprouts. Today Natasha works as the CEO of Coolhaus, creating new products and merchandise, building new relationships and innovating ideas that keep Coolhaus on top of it's game as zealous expansion continues.

nicole stevenson

Nicole's path includes time as a creative writing graduate student in San Francisco, street artist on the Venice Beach boardwalk, costume designer, Hollywood flea market art vendor, 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. These days, Nicole can be found creating illustrations and designs for Show and Tell Design Studio, co-producing Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival and Craftcation: Creative Business and Makers Conference and writing about business, making and her adventures for the blog Dear Handmade Life. Nicole and her ventures have been featured in The Wall Street Journal,, The Los Angeles Times, Apartment Therapy, NPR, Riviera Magazine, Daily Candy, PaperCrafts Magazine, The OC Weekly and others. When she’s not working, you may find her breaking up scuffles between her dog and three 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 vs. Humanity or squeezing in time for a quick trip to a lovely place where people are scarce and trees are not.

Rachael Narins

Rachael Narins is a Los Angeles based chef, certified Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver and a food writer. She is also one half of Chicks with Knives, a culinary event company. When she is not teaching knife skills classes, curing bacon or making pickles, she volunteers with Enrich LA in the organic garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Silverlake.

radmegan (megan andersen)

Megan O. Andersen-Read (aka Radmegan) has been crafting, cooking and gardening since she could hold a crayon. A former member of corporate-America, she swapped her suit jacket for a non-stick smock in 2010 and hasn't looked back. Megan has photography workshops available online and a variety of crafting workshops on She is a craft and photography instructor and writer, blogger, and a seasoned marketing professional. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her loving husband, adorable new baby and 500+ carnivorous plants she raised by hand.

Randy Clemens

Randy Clemens is the author of The Sriracha Cookbook, The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook, and co-author of The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. He is a graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts and a BJCP Recognized Beer Judge. When not writing about food and beer for Los Angeles magazine and other publications, he can be found cooking, hiking/running barefoot, or singing barbershop music. If you’re bored, you can follow his musings on Twitter via @RandyClemensEsq.

Rosalie Gale

Rosalie Gale is a waterproof Shower Art maker, stand-up comedian and blogger who is currently obsessed with German board games, Bikram yoga and embroidery. She created and maintains Unanimous Craft - a directory of resources for Indie Business and EtsySaver - a site where Etsy sellers can submit coupons and Etsy shoppers can search for deals. In her spare time, she opened a brick and mortar retail shop (with Lauren Rudeck from La Ru) in the Pike Place Market called Ugly Baby and La Ru.

Sarah Delgado

Sarah Delgado heads the cocktail and beverage program of pop up brunch known as Ktchn DTLA of the IV Group located in DTLA in the Alexandria hotel. Every last Saturday of the month she is partner in another pop up concept, this one being strictly cocktails, bringing an old ragtime blues and jazz vibe know as SIP. Also located at a variety of locations in downtown LA. Sarah teaches DIY build a bar and mixology classes across LA and OC for private parties and small groups. Sarah consults bar and small bite menus as well as branding small craft businesses. Facebook - Sip Saturdays | Instagram - @sipsaturdays |

Sean Timberlake

Sean Timberlake is a San Francisco-based food writer and the voice behind the blog Hedonia, which he has maintained with his photographer husband dpaul brown since 2006. An avid student of food preservation, Sean launched Punk Domestics in 2010 to aggregate and evangelize the universe of DIY food projects, such as canning, pickling, making cheeese - and home-curing olives.

Susie Wyshak

Oakland-based Susie Wyshak connects the dots between food, business, travel and living life to the fullest. Her uncoming book helps aspiring entrepreneurs get the straight facts on starting a sustainable specialty food business. Her passions also led her to co-chair the Good Food Awards Confections and Chocolate committees, co-found, a culinary travel website, and experiment with her own sustainable food business, The Nutless Professor. She coaches people to "connect the dots (CTD)," a fun and rewarding skill you'll take away for all your projects and passions. A marketing copywriter and strategist, Susie has written online since before blogs were blogs. See more at

Sé Reed

Sé Reed is a fan of the digital revolution. Through her consulting company, Sé Reed Media, she develops, codes, and manages multiple award-winning websites. As a business adviser for the Small Business Development Center's Los Angeles Regional Network, she helps small and micro businesses in every imaginable industry develop their web presence through websites, social media, search engine optimization, and traditional marketing. In 2003, Sé co-founded award-winning independent bookstore {open} in Long Beach, CA, through which she has produced special events of every sort and scale, and where she revels in the non-digital loveliness of paper, type and all things book.

Tara Gardiner

Gardiner Connections is founded by Tara Gardiner who has worked in numerous industries in sales and marketing for the past 12 years. Her in-depth experience ranges from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, including those in the architectural and design community, natural products industry, pet industry, fashion industry, and with technical and specialty products. Gardiner earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University and has studied at the University of London in England, Scotland and Ireland. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, Gardiner Connections services clients throughout the United States. When she is not helping people assemble their empires, Tara enjoys spending time with four-legged child, Bella. She enjoys relaxing with yoga or hiking, cooking, painting, loves traveling and is a craft beer aficionado. Gardiner Connections brings an artwork of business to the canvas of your company, utilizing branding, sales and marketing strategies to create a masterpiece of success and profitability. As a professional consulting service for multiple sectors, Gardiner Connections connects people and resources. With expertise in sales leadership and marketing, our firm maps a clear route for new and aspiring businesses, guiding them from launch to landing. Companies seeking growth opportunities can also benefit from an evaluation of their business strategies.  Our customized branding and streamlining processes take the guesswork out of business and execute a concise vision for clients. Our philosophy entails bringing passion, creativity, open communication, and ethical practices to the companies we serve

Wondering what to expect at your first craftcation conference?