Meet Our New Maker Team!

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The 2022 Benzie Design Maker Team

We are so excited to introduce you to the talented creatives who make up the new Benzie Design Maker Team! Over the next year, we will be collaborating with each of these artists to bring you innovative tutorials, blog posts, videos and social media content. It's going to be an incredible year! Let's meet the makers and learn why they're excited to be joining our team!

Jaiya Cosgrove

Jaiya of Felt & Co. Designs
Instagram: @feltandco_designs

“I am so excited to be joining the 2022-23 Benzie Maker Team! Benzie offers such an amazing variety of materials and I cannot wait to showcase them in upcoming projects! I’m excited to share my felt food ideas over the next year with other crafty folks out there!” 

Jenny Bolhofner

Jenny of Olive This Felt
Instagram: @olivethisfelt

"Benzie's products have inspired me for years to bring creativity and beauty to others. As a part of the Maker Team, I am thrilled to take things a step further, and push myself in new ways. I am looking forward to the personal challenges ahead, as well as the opportunity to encourage others to channel their artistic energy!"

Katie Kinsman

Katie of Katie Kinsman
Instagram: @katie_kinsman_artist

"I discovered Benzie after living abroad for several years. I was hooked on their felt from the first order. It works so well for the dolls that I create! For me, being on the Maker Design Team for 2022 is a perfect blend of my art teacher and artist sides. I’ll be sharing my artwork with others, while showing them that they can tap into their own unique creative skills and abilities as well. It is my firm belief that art and art creation is for everyone to take part in and enjoy!"

Kim Long

Kim of Fran & Judy
Instagram: @franandjudy

"I remember as a young girl picking out a craft project to make alongside my grandma (Fran) and mom (Judy) to make together. Now, as a part of the 2022 Benzie Design Maker Team, I am so excited to have the opportunity to dream up new projects for crafters of all skill levels to make on their own or alongside family and friends."

Laura Zeo

Laura of Felt Like A Party
Instagram: @feltlikeaparty

"I love working within the artist community. I think makers are a collaborative, eclectic and fun group of creatives, and we form great friendships from across the country with people we have never met! Benzie Design ignited my passion for fiber arts when they became my source for high-quality materials. I am moved by the shared passion for cultivating a maker community. It is an honor to share my whimsy and love of felt with you all."

Marlena Colazo

Marlena of Blossoms by Marlena
Instagram: @blossoms_bymarlena

"I started my journey of learning how to work with felt, and one of the first shops I found was Benzie, the rest is history. I’m excited to be part of the Team along other amazing makers & share with y’all the little or much I know about felt. To share with you my flowers and my passion for felt and to create together some beautiful blossoms. After all, as they say: Flowers are always a good idea!"

Penny Gibbins

Penny of Happy Stitchery
Instagram: @happystitchery

"I’ve always been passionate about crafting. Making crafts simpler and accessible is what I’m all about and I’m grateful that I get to teach others to create something with their own two hands. I am so excited to be a part of the Benzie Design 2022-2023 Maker Team, to not only share, inspire and empower others to create with my craft tutorials but to also connect with a community of talented crafters."

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