Meet Our New Maker Team!


Introducing the 2023 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 what they're looking forward to...

Jess DeVos

Jess of Otter Bee Stitching
Instagram: @otterbeestitching

"As a member of the 2023-2024 Maker Team, I’m most looking forward to connecting with other crafters and sharing my love of mixed media projects. Getting to work with and showcase high-quality gorgeous materials is an added bonus!"

Susana Paez

Susana of Gazapos
Instagram: @gazaposcraft

"I hope that we all create connections that allow us to improve as artisans and as creators of objects than bring happiness to homes."

Johnny Sowles

Johnny Sowles
Instagram: @thehoopkid

"Being a newcomer to the crafting community, I'm excited to make connections and learn tips of the trade from the variety of amazing makers working alongside Benzie. It inspires me as an artist to see all the creative projects people are making with felt!"

Sarah Thomas

Instagram: @sariditty

"While I feel I have quilting and hand embroidery fairly well conquered, I’m very much looking forward to taking some of my quilt patterns and converting them into felted small-scale projects. Here’s to a great felty year ahead!"

Kasia Wisniewski

Kasia Wisniewski
Instagram: @theadventuredept

"I'm so excited to not only push myself to experiment with some new-to-me techniques and materials, but also to learn from my fellow Maker Team members!"

Joana Yoo

Joana of Critterwood Creations Patterns
Instagram: @critterwood.creations.patterns

"Benzie has always been part of my craft work, so to be associated with the brand that has been so influential to me is very exciting. What I am looking forward to the most as a Benzie Design Maker Team member is the opportunity to connect with talented artists and share my passion for doll making. Because I am self-taught, I always look forward to collaborating and learning new techniques from other makers. But, most importantly, I look forward to both being inspired and inspiring others who, like myself had no previous doll-making experience to try something new. Thank you Benzie Design for giving me this wonderful opportunity!"