Hello friends! We’re so excited to announce our 2018 Design Team today. We received so many amazing submissions from talented artists and crafters, making this an incredibly tough decision. Take a look below to see who will be creating for us next year!
Marie Browning – Signature Designer
She’s sharp, creative, experienced. With more than 32 books in print and more than 2 million copies sold covering crafting topics from melding metal to photography to greeting cards to wedding paper crafts to polymer clay, suffice it to say that Marie is a seminal authority in the international craft industry. Holding one fine arts degree from Camosun College and the University of Victoria in breathtaking British Columbia Canada, Marie’s zeal for crafts began at a very early age. Propelled by her parents and six brothers and sisters to “do more with less,” Marie nurtured her interests in various craft mediums through teaching craft-making classes in her teens at the local recreation center. This was a pivotal experience in Marie’s development because the desire to share her crafting joy through books, articles, consulting, special appearances, and the Internet have propelled this crafting extraordinaire to a place of international rapport.
Jennie Garcia – Senior Designer
Originally from Puerto Rico, Jennie is an Army wife and mother to two daughters, Ithamar and Layla. Jennie has been a member of the Tombow Design Team since 2013, earning her a spot as our first ever Senior Designer. In this role, she is able to use her scrapbooking and blogging passions to lead and engage with our Design Team talents – keeping Tombow abreast of what’s next for the evolving industry. Jennie says, “I’ve loved creating since I was very young but I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born and I never thought it would play such an important role in my life.”
Designing and crafting since childhood, Beth’s creativity blossomed at age 12, with the gift of her first painting set. Harnessing her natural talents, Beth works in the advertising and marketing industry, where she excels in product development and original product design. Beth has been a member of the Tombow Design Team since 2015. In her free time, she shares her gift by teaching craft classes to adults and children. Beth is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design, with photography and illustration experience. She lives in sunny southwest Florida with her family.
Here’s how much Bonnie loves what she does: She named her cat Archer after her favorite font. She tries new restaurants based on their website, logo and menu design. She draws on napkins, on books, on hands, on walls and on her computer. She may even lie to friends about plans so she can stay home and create. Bonnie smells every book she pick ups, then feels the pages to determine what paper was used. Her house is filled with art supplies! And yes – she uses them all. Bonnie graduated from Texas State University with a degree in communication design. Besides design, she loves anything retro!
Dani is the crafty lady behind PopFizzPaper. She enjoys sharing her love of crafting and art with other creative people and considers herself lucky to do what she loves every day. Dani has been a member of the contemporary crafting community for over a decade and brings experience in papercrafts, design, drawing, needlecrafts, planning, and journaling. She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry and lives in Southern California with her family.
Originally from Australia, Jessica spends most of her time in her art studio with a view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She is an artist, fashion illustrator and social media coach who’s obsessed with paper, bright colors and glitter. Jessica loves to teach, both online and in person, and her moto is “Everyone is creative, whether they know it or not.” When she’s not illustrating or working on her next class, Jessica is advising brands on their digital marketing and social media strategy, or out enjoying Northern Colorado with her husband and baby daughter. Her favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pen is number 835 and she never leaves home without a set of MONO Drawing Pens and a sketchbook in her handbag.
Katie is an artist and crafter located in Washington. She loves anything and everything crafty – from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, and even quilting. If it’s creative, she loves it! Katie is a published artist multiple magazines, including Creating Keepsakes, Stitch Craft Create, as well as craft books such as Star Trek Crafts and Craft it Now.
Lauren is a left-handed calligrapher from Owensboro, Kentucky. She is also a full-time teacher, wife, and mommy to two sweet boys, Lauren enjoys a good doodle and working on lettering projects in her spare time. She loves to use calligraphy to make everyday things that much more beautiful. Give her some paper, glue, ribbon, brush pens, and glitter, and she’ll make something awesome.
Renee of TheDiyDay is a crafter from Southern California. She is also a marriage and family therapist intern who likes to include art therapy into her sessions. Renee has loved creating ever since she was a kid. Her favorite crafts include journaling, calligraphy, stamping, embossing, and crocheting. If Renee isn’t crafting or blogging, she is likely hiking with her husband James and her dog Cinco.
Coloring is what makes Smitha happy. She describes herself as a mom, wife and creative being. She enjoys making projects that will make someone smile and loves to play with paper, glue and glitter. Smitha also enjoys knitting, sewing, crafting with her children, and taking photos. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.