Hello friends! We’re so excited to announce our 2020 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!
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 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.”
Adrienne has loved all things art and lettering since she was a little girl. Her creative hobbies include calligraphy, drawing, watercolor, and photography. She loves the creative process of “doing and learning” at the same time and believes we all have our own personal style that reveals who we are. She is a lover of natural light, color, botanicals, traveling and art history. She is from California and currently living in Utah with her supportive husband and four little boys. Art gives her an outlet where she can unwind and express herself in between chasing and playing with her boys. She loves passing on her love for art and lettering to others and her children.
Ali is a lettering artist and calligrapher based in Ohio. She has had a lifelong love for all things artistic and is most well-known for blending her Dual Brush Pens. She loves problem solving and always approaches new artistic challenges with a question: “how hard can it be?” She loves making her planner pretty, contrasting colors, listening to podcasts, and collecting washi tape. When she’s not making art, she can be found disc golfing, searching for waterfalls with her husband, or at her local music store teaching trumpet lessons.
Grace is the DFW based artist behind Grace Anne Studio. She is a wife, mom of two, and a creative business owner. Art has always been a part of her life, and she cycles through her favorite creative activities of drawing, oil or acrylic painting, watercolor, and most recently calligraphy and hand lettering! Her passion for creativity and teaching is what led her to start “On Wednesdays We Paint” with her daughter! (A simple tradition of doing some “grown up” painting with her preschooler.) She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, and her favorite people are her little family.
Originally from Australia, Jessica spends most of her time in her art studio amongst the tall trees of Seattle. She is an artist and fashion illustrator who’s obsessed with paper, bright colors and florals. Jessica loves to teach, both online and in person, and she believes that everyone is creative, whether they realize it yet or not. When she’s not illustrating or working on her next class, Jessica is out enjoying the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. Her favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pen is number 835 (Persimmon) and she never leaves home without a set of MONO Drawing Pens and a sketchbook in her purse.
Katie is an Artist, Crafter, and Blogger. She loves anything and everything creative – from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, and oil painting. If it’s creative, she loves it! Originally from Texas, Katie currently lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and if she’s not in her studio making things, she’s probably outside hiking and gathering inspiration for her next project. Katie is a published artist in multiple magazines and books, and teaches online art classes to share her creative passion.
Mandy is the hand lettering artist behind A Heartened Calling. She loves to create art that uplifts, encourages and makes others laugh, all with a cup of coffee in-hand (and some dark chocolate by her side!). Her favorite Tombow products are the Dual Brush Pens and Fudenosuke Brush Pens. You may hear her say she’d rather have a bouquet of Tombow pens than flowers. Mandy is also a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of three. She’s originally from Maine and currently resides in sunny Florida with her husband, three children and their Schnoodle Samson.
Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraftblog.com. Natalie is a Play-at-Home mom of 3 and they, with her husband, are her partners in crime. Natalie is currently fascinated by paint pouring, brush lettering, watercoloring flowers, alcohol inks, rock painting, upcycling and marbling. She absolutely loves paper crafting, T-shirt making, tote bag decorating, clothing refashions, as well as sewing. Natalie is constantly trying new crafts and experimenting with the latest trends. Natalie also loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game fandom geekery, which comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIYs, crafts, recipes, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.
Serena Bee is the creative entrepreneur behind Papercakes and the Crafty Rebelles Community. Since a very young age, Serena has always been creative, with a particular interest in papercrafting. She’s a successful YouTuber since 2011 and has inspired many with her unique style and tutorials. She has also inspired many trends in the crafty community, such as Pastel Halloween and October memory keeping, to name a few. Serena teaches online classes and hopes to inspire women to love and embrace the kooky unique things that make them who they are. Serena lives in Montreal, Canada and when she is not crafting, she enjoys thrifting, spending time in nature, and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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.