Originally a 2-day event named Midwest Craft Caucus formed in 2011, MWCC lived dormant until 3 craft show organizers from around the State of Ohio formed it into the CONference its become today.
Midwest Craft Con is now run by a loyal group of team members and volunteers. Who each have combined passions for furthering the handmade movement and bringing the DIY community together in the name of craft.
Brit Charek is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Midwest Craft Con. She started her crafty journey selling vintage clothing and upcycled jewelry and organized the indie craft fair Crafty Mart for many years. She is the mother of two sons and two dogs, and a High School English Teacher. She won the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge to produce Bechdel Fest, a 2019 film festival featuring films that all pass the “Bechdel Test”, which draws attention to gender inequality in film and fiction.
Megan Green is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Midwest Craft Con and a general lover of craft related mishaps. She’s been a plush maker and co-founded the Etsy Plush Team and formed a semi- prominent soap company, Stinkybomb Soaps, which was featured in Country Living Magazine, sold in the Warhol Museum and the WWII National Museum. She currently serves as Event Director for Craftin’ Outlaws and works as the Manager of Studio Initiatives at the Columbus Museum of Art. Her passion for bringing together community and crafts into Columbus, Ohio has been an ongoing personal and professional mission for over a decade.
Speaker Wrangler: Michelle Bazeley is a Cincinnati native who currently lives in the most Midwest of Southern towns – Louisville! She is a compulsively crafty person who loves to dabble in every medium, but is primarily a paper and fabric maker. It all started when she was ten years old – her siblings were playing sports and she was creating ball gowns for her Barbie doll and learning to use her mother’s sewing machine. She sells her handmade goods on Etsy @HotWheelsandGlueGuns and teaches creative classes locally. During the day she works for the City of Louisville in the disabilities field. She’s equally passionate about inclusiveness and promoting the lives of folks with disabilities as she is about teaching people to access their creativity!
Design Manager: Andi Ploehs is the owner and brains behind A.P. Loves Design – a feel good hand lettered stationery and paper goods biz. She works out of her home studio in Cincinnati where she prints, cuts, scores, and packages all items. After graduating high school, Andi moved to Chicago where she received her B.F.A. in Advertising Design. She never imagined leaving Chicago, but soon after moving back she met her husband John. They now live near downtown along with their 4 month old Xavier and dog Scout. Cincinnati is thriving right now. People from all over the world are visiting and small businesses are popping up everywhere. It’s a very exciting time for the city, and Andi is thrilled that her family and business are able to witness and be a part of it. You can find APLD in retailers across the country and online, www. aplovesdesign.com Instagram: @aplovesdesign
Customer Service Manager: Mallory Theiss has been working in the fabric and craft industry for 12 years, specializing in customer service, marketing and project management, she has worked alongside many industry leaders over the years. She has a passion for sewing, hand embroidery and just about anything that involves fabric. She has recently started (slowly) working on a hand made wardrobe and had her first sewing project published in a national magazine. Mallory was born and raised in Ohio where she was taught to sew by her mother and learned that everyone should have at least one room in their house full of fabric and craft supplies. She currently lives outside of Columbus while serving clients locally, and across the country. She has three children, 5 sewing machines and a stash of fabric that would make Tim Gunn blush. Learn more about her at http://www.malloryhill.com or follow along on Instagram @malloryhillmakes.
Workshop Coordinator: Stacy Wong is a lifelong collector, maker + creative and inspired by all types and styles of art. She designs and makes a line of meaningful gifts + modern wood goods which are unique, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. She also teaches creative-making workshops in a variety of mediums as a way to give back and share with the community. Stacy really enjoys collaborating with shops, markets, and libraries to host monthly workshops. Her philosophy is simple, “Do more of what makes you happy.” She considers herself a “California Midwesterner” as she was born and raised in Michigan, married a Buckeye, and her two boys are “So Cal” bred. When not creating, you can Stacy checking out the latest indie market or trying out the newest restaurant in town. Websites: https://stacywonghandmade.com/ https://www.shoptwine.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stacywonghandmade/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacywonghandmade/
Photographer: Chris Rutan earned a B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography and has over fifteen years of professional photography experience. She specializes in portraiture, lifestyle, event and editorial photography and has done work for local art museums, theaters, and many other businesses and organizations When she’s hired to photograph a local business or event she loves the opportunity to capture something great that’s happening in her own backyard. She especially loves portraiture, capturing the personalities of the families, couples and individuals who comprise her community. Located in the Rubber City (Akron, Ohio) Chris enjoys taking part in the lively local art scene and thriving craft marketplace. When she’s not creating photographs, Chris can be found hard at work creating handmade merchandise for Rigmarole, her creatively crafty side-business. Chris has also done various creative projects for corporations such as JoAnn Fabrics and American Greetings, designing diy crafts and parties as well as photographing the set ups. However, the most adorable beneficiaries of her talents are her daughters who almost always enjoy one-of-a-kind Birthday parties and Halloween costumes. As well as being the proud mother of two gorgeous little girls, she is happily married to a graphic designer and a care taker of two spoiled kitty cats and a pampered rescue pup. She’s a coffee addict and an unapologetic thrifty shopper.
Co-Founder: Grace Dobush, a freelance journalist based in Germany and operating worldwide. She wrote the Crafty Superstar business guides for part-time crafters, and co-founded the Crafty Supermarket craft show in Cincinnati. We look forward to her new role as an International Cat Sitter and thank her for everything!