Katie Mabry van Dieren is the Owner and Curator of one of the world's top indie craft fairs, The Strawberry Swing and the Co-Founder and Director of Arts & Programming of Troost Market Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create equitable economic opportunity for creative entrepreneurs, inspiring future generations through innovative partnerships and programming.
Katie is a champion for community and the maker movement. Her own maker business, Papillon Kate, leads one of Etsy's largest maker teams with over 800 local Etsy businesses. She is a contributing writer to The Kansas City Star's Maker City KC, which highlights the city’s many makers and entrepreneurs, creating an audience for maker spaces and the spirit of innovation in our city. Katie is the lead for the Makers & Creators track of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration of the makers, innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life.
Instagram: @strawberryswingkc @troostmarketcollective @troostaplooza
Carly Rae Robinson is the artist and small business owner behind Carly Rae Studio + Carly Rae Creative. She graduated with a degree in Art Education, then started selling her watercolor prints online and at craft fairs, which soon after became her full-time job. It has been 5+ years as a full-time maker and she is loving every crazy minute of it.
Her artwork is detailed and whimsical, often made up of tiny flowers. The designs have been sold in stores around the US, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and many local Kansas City boutiques. Her newest designs are available in her shop.