Suzanne McNeill is the author of 230 craft & hobby books and 15 Zentangle books, Suzanne McNeill has been called "the Trendsetter" for arts and crafts. Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments, and invents something new and exciting. Suzanne is the woman behind Design Originals, a publishing company dedicated to all things fun and creative. Winner of the Craft and Hobby Association's Industry Achievement Award, she is a designer, artist, columnist, TV personality, publisher, art instructor, author, and lover of everything hands-on.
Choly Knight has her finger on the pulse of what today's young crafters really want. Choly has been crafting for as long as she can remember, and has drawn, painted, sculpted, and taped everything in sight. A power-seller on Etsy.com, she is the author of six terrific craft books from Fox Chapel Publishing. Choly enjoys combining all her passions of writing, fine art, craft art, and design, as she provides techniques, tutorials, and excitement for her many readers and fans.
Phyllis Damon began her career teaching weaving and supplying craft materials in educational settings. David Kominz, a retired NIH medical researcher, joined forces with Phyllis in the creation and publication of craft books. Together with master designer of plastic lacing, David Hall, they turned out three plastic lacing books. Their goal has been to help kids have fun and develop creativity through basic craft skills.
A veteran of the craft industry, Margaret Riley has owned and operated two hobby and craft stores and created many craft projects in addition to serving as a designer, editor, manufacturer consultant, demonstrator, and teacher. Her favorite fields include oil painting, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, calligraphy, decorative painting, landscapes, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, paper creations, clay, general crafts, sewing, quilting, jewelry, knitting, crocheting, crewel, cross stitching, and embroidery.
Colleen Dorsey is a writer specializing in the craft and hobby industry, and an editor at Design Originals and Fox Chapel Publishing. Colleen has edited books on many topics, including foam and paper crafts, jewelry making, and children's crafts. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in creative writing, and in her spare time she enjoys writing fiction, making jewelry, and upcycling findings into crafty new items.
Andrea Gibson designs jewelry, layouts, and cards and teaches at shops, workshops, and Scrapbook shows.
Janie Ray is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and enjoys patchwork, beading, gardening and knotting hemp.