Christine Haynes and Kent Bell (Party Dress) are creative, independent, active,
hard-working, fun-loving, 30-something artists. For giggles, Kent spends time surfing,
skateboarding, and drinking beer on the beach with friends, while Christine rides her
bike, learns to knit, and plays with their cool cats, Sally, Pinta, and Lloyd, in their vintage
Venice Beach, Calif., bungalow. Christine and Kent recently unveiled their Spring 2008
A modern renaissance woman, Ulla-Maaria Mutanen (Linkages) writes, develops, crafts,
and researches. When she’s not hard at work, she enjoys reading, dancing Tango Argentino,
and going to flea markets. Ulla lives in the center of Helsinki, Finland, with her spouse
and new baby boy. Her favorite color is black and her favorite tool is her bike. Check out
thinglink.org for Ulla’s social network of design.
Stephanie Scheetz (Paper Bead Bangle and Bagalope) was born and raised in Northern
California. Her passion for crafting is matched only by her devotion to her four cats and
her longhaired Chihuahua, Mocha. She has been a craft designer and instructor for major
rubber stamp companies for 15 years. Her work has appeared in numerous craft industry
and consumer magazines, in addition to catalogs, advertisements, and how-to books.
You can learn more about Stephanie and her current projects on
A diehard New Yorker, illustrator Melinda Beck (Modern Crafting and Susie’s Home Ec)
grew up in Manhattan, married a man from Queens, and lives in Brooklyn. She loves to
sew clothes for her two girls, and often takes field trips with them to Mood Fabrics in the
garment district. Taking time off work excites Melinda, almost as much as working on
Christmas projects in 102° weather. She adores dark chocolate, and her weapon of choice
is the kneaded eraser.
Matt Hawkins (Jumping Paper Frog) is a constant doodler. When he’s not cutting, folding,
or gluing, he can be found making indie comics, playing the banjo in a bluegrass band, or
watching old cartoons. Matt lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Alicia, their two kiddos,
Lily and Henry, and their furry friend Maggie. He’s currently putting together a book of
25 paper toy designers from around the world. His niece Meadow recently summed up the
biggest problem with paper toys: “This toy does not stay together good if you try
and sleep with it.”
Garry McLeod’s ( Wrap Art and cover photography) love of photography was born in
the drained concrete pools of California backyards, capturing his skateboarding friends
with his father’s camera. He turned the family’s bathroom into a darkroom, and when
graduation came, he headed off to photography school in Seattle. In 1995 he moved to
New York. Garry has recently returned to his Cali roots, moving back with his wife (also
his high school sweetheart), Terri, two children, Lucretia and Gannon, and cat, Milo.
Presently, Garry divides his time between New York and San Francisco.
Megan Mansell Williams (Rock Paper Scissors) is a former marine biologist who writes
about science and culture from her home in San Francisco. An assistant editor for the UC
Berkeley College of Engineering alumni magazine, Forefront, her freelance work appears
in Discover, Inkling, MAKE, CRAF T, and Via, among other publications.