Kate Lacey (Eggcentric Art photography) is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer. She
lives in a garden apartment with her dog The Snack. Although she came to appreciate the
egg as an art form from photographing Paul Wirhun, she spends her free time perfecting
an egg-free cake in her new oven. Kate’s recent work can be seen on the pages of Artforum,
People, and The New York Times. She’s excited to announce the launch of a side photography
business, thepicturebooth.net. See more of Kate’s work at katelacey.com.
A believer in learning a little of everything, Tricia Mills Gray (Crafty Masterpiece) has mastered the concept of “jack of all trades, master of none.” Having grown up in an artsy family,
she does a little acting, dancing, singing, piano, and of course, crafting. She cherishes
her husband Scott, her dogs, cat, and her beloved 1986 lip-synching trophy from Singing
Wheels Skateland. A computer science graduate from the University of Illinois, she does a
little of everything for the O’Reilly School of Technology at oreillylearning.com.
Shannon Okey (Big Wheel Keep on Turning) writes books, is a city coordinator for indie
craft show Bazaar Bizarre, owns anezka handmade and its publishing spin-off anezka
media, and teaches coast to coast. She wrote, co-authored, or edited four books in the
summer of 2006 and vows never to do that again. An avowed sweater knitter, she started
NaKniSweMo as an excuse to cast on a new project without finishing the one she started
on book tour with CrochetMe’s Kim Werker. Her musings can be found at knitgrrl.com.
Gareth Branwyn (Craft Franchising, Journal-Art Memoirs, and Eraser Stamps) has built
things (and taken them apart) since he was 4 years old and used his Handy Andy Tool Set
to take apart the family toaster ... while it was still plugged in! Since then, he’s learned to
respect electricity, but not warranties (unplug it, then destroy it). He likes all types of paper-craft: journaling, mail art, collage, stamping, xerography. His experiences in the small press,
zine, and mail art worlds are the subject of his book Jamming the Media. He also wrote
the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots, and runs the tech blog streettech.com.
Wendy Tremayne (Re: Fitted) currently lives in Truth or Consequences, N.M., where she
is renovating a hot spring and RV park into a 100% recycled off-grid bed & breakfast and
venue called Khankah 8. Wendy is an event producer, conceptual artist, yoga teacher, and
community developer. One of her projects, Swap-O-Rama-Rama, is an egalitarian community
clothing swap and series of DI Y workshops designed to offer people an alternative to
consumerism. In one year, Swap-O-Rama-Rama has reached over 30 cities around the
world. Find out more at gaiatreehouse.com and swaporamarama.org.
Originally from Connecticut, Thayer Allyson Gowdy (Crocheted Retro Purse, Wooly Bullies,
and Cover photography) understands preppy. Living in California, she understands sunshine.
Thayer has 1 husband, 2 cats, 1 snowboard, 23 potted plants, and 7 pairs of flip-flops. She
loves flying, chocolate, mangos, and snowshoeing on holiday. Her parents are both chefs,
and her brothers like to work on their trucks. Thayer is based in San Francisco — the light is
better than L. A. and the grass is greener. Check her out at thayerphoto.com.
Kristina Pinto (Weekend Boho Sandals) started needlepointing at 16 during a blizzard that
snowed her in for 5 days. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and 2-year-old son,
the former who knits and the latter who enjoys making a mess as his primary craft. When
not stitching, she’s making paper crafts, running marathons, and teaching statistics and
research methods at Merrimack College. Her favorite tool is a Japanese tikobare. Kristina’s
thoughts and crafts can be found at themarathonmama.blogspot.com.