In 2010 leaders from the West Coast craft community of Seattle and San Francisco decided to work together to create the Conference for Creative Entreprenuers, a three day event held in Seattle for creative professionals. In 2011 CCE held a second event in San Francisco, CA. The Seattle-based organizers of CCE opted to stay close to home and create a new conference called School House Craft! We held our “Back to School” September conferences in 2011 and 2012 and launched our Continuing Weekly Education program in January of 2013.
Andrea Porter, along with her husband, owned and operated Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store in Seattle from 2002 – 2010. Bluebottle built a reputation for being at the forefront of the DIY indie art, craft and design movement. In 2010 Andrea moved full time to focus on building the Matthew Porter Art line. Andrea is one of the founding members of School House Craft and organized the conference from its inception in 2010 through 2014. After the conference’s sale to Maker’s Nation in 2015, she stayed on as a consultant to help with the organizational transition. She now works full time for Seattle Made.
Kristen Rask is the owner of a small shop in downtown Seattle called Schmancy. Opened in 2004, Schmancy is the home of the international plush show, Plush You! Kristen is also the President of Urban Craft Uprising, the largest craft show in Seattle. Kristen is a co-founder of School House Craft and co-organized three conferences from 2010 – 2012.
Danae Horst has always been an entrepreneur. Starting a catering company at 20, she’s had her hand in small businesses for most of her life. Today, having ‘retired’ from running other people’s businesses, she stays busy focusing on sourcing vintage goods and writing about all things vintage for her newest venture – Gather & Hunt. Danae was SHC intern extraordinary in 2011 and co-organized the conference in 2012.
Marlo Miyashiro (a.k.a. IMakeCuteStuff.com) has been in the retail and wholesale handmade craft industries for over 20 years, creating and selling her own work to over 200 stores across the country and abroad and more recently helping artists learn how to grow their businesses and improve their small object photography. She is a jeweler by trade, crafter of sewn things, teacher of techniques and mentor / arts business consultant for emerging artists. She is also the current organizer of HandmadeRAIN.com – an active community of over 1000 artists who reside in the Puget Sound region and own independent shops. Marlo joined School House Craft in 2013 and lead our Continuing Education Series.