Join our team of contributors celebrating makers of traditional arts and contemporary craft from around the globe. Contact us if you are a maker who wants to be featured. Freelance writers and photographers are welcome to share a story using our submissions form.
Lauren K. Lancy is a fashion designer and trend forecaster from New York City now living in Asia and traveling globally. Focused on craft, design, and sustainability, Lauren founded THE KINDCRAFT in 2014 as a platform for thoughtful, ethical design combining independent, story-driven journalism with a curated online shop for handmade goods and slow fashion. She designs in collaboration with artisans, is the platform's creative director, and a design consultant.
As a freelance contributor of interviews, narrative journalism, analysis, and photography to publications like The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Magazine, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, and others, Justin travels around the world to document interesting human stories. He's particularly interested in exploring the cultural and technological friction points of globalization and how individuals develop smaller, "human-scaled" projects to affect grassroots change and gain greater autonomy.
A textile designer based in Germany, Laura graduated from the University of Art and Design Halle with a BA in Textile Design and a special focus on weaves. While studying at University of Fine Arts Hanoi, she developed an interest in the diverse usage and aesthetic perception of textiles within cultures. Through preserving traditional methods, she sees a chance to renew appreciation for quality textiles.
With more than twelve years in the global artisan sector, Annie Waterman brings a wealth of experience to her career in artisan development. Annie has worked extensively with many different artisan enterprises worldwide, from design to product development to sales and marketing to sourcing. She has owned her own wholesale business and worked as a project manager for ByHand Consulting, which brings socially responsible artisan products to market.
Benedicte Lux is a New York-based maker, art director, curator and writer. Interested in the intersection of craft and design, she takes an active part in creating a community around sustainability and slow fashion. Her garment line, supernaturae, is an ongoing research project into artisnsal practices and techniques. She also works as a tastemaker at ABC Carpet & Home, crafting displays and creating visual concepts in the store.
Cindy Fan is a writer / photographer whose work has been published by The Toronto Star, The Australian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Telegraph’s Ultratravel Magazine, GlobalPost, Expat Living Singapore and on various blogs. She’s also a researcher/writer for Travelfish, authoring their Laos and Vietnam travel guides since 2014.
An advocate of positive publishing and ongoing contributor to The Kindcraft, Emily has more than seven years experience working in independent media as a writer, editor and communications consultant. She currently works in the NGO sector in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and blogs for her own travel site, Wander Lush.
Fiona is a UK-based color consultant and trend forecaster who travels extensively and searches out color, craft and makers wherever she can. A regular event and conference speaker, she is also a member of the British Textile Colour Group and creates seasonal palettes for Intercolor, a twice-yearly global platform for color research and development.
An illustrator and designer living and working in New York City, Joseph is a designer defined by a highly innovative conceptual sense with a variety of strong illustration skills. His stylized drawings often include fashion figures, footwear, and imaginative creatures.
Textile and clothing designer raised in Bangkok, Thailand and the author of Vanillawalk, an online journal. Although trained in fashion design and marketing, she began her career as a print designer and illustrator, working on prints for several fashion labels based in Bangkok. All those experiences landed her at Royal College of Art, where she is in her first year of study in MA Printed Textiles.
Laura Wheatley is a travel, culture, and lifestyle photographer based out of Richmond, Virginia. Striving to live a sustainable life, she celebrates local bounty, artisan-made goods, and slow living. She is passionate about using her photography as a voice to showcase and promote artisans and makers around the world, helping to preserve traditions and techniques passed down through generations.
Liat is a Visual Designer and Stylist from Los Angeles, currently living in Amsterdam. After graduating from Shenkar College of Art Design and Engineering in Tel Aviv, she worked for ABC Carpet & Home in New York City as a Visual Merchandiser. She now works in the Netherlands, employing a sense of minimalism and natural inspiration into her interior spaces and florals.
Natalie is a fashion and textile designer based in Germany. During her studies at the University of Westminster, she worked for Alexander McQueen, A.F. Vandevorst, and Bernhard Willhelm. She is drawn to stories of human dignity, identity and transformation.
A creative entrepreneur based in London and Sao Paulo, Nathalie is an art director, editor, stylist and trend analyst with an extensive international background in China, Argentina, Brazil and England.
Sabrina Kraus López is a London-based designer specializing in design innovation and product development with international craft communities. Her aim is to develop sustainable, contemporary designs using time-honored craft techniques. Following her fashion design BA in Milan she graduated from an MA in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. Fascinated by craft, Sabrina has worked with a remote Peruvian weaving community for her final MA project before undertaking the Common Thread residency for the British Council. She is now working with artisans in Colombia, Iran and Morocco.
Sharon is the founder of Narrative Made and a trend forecaster based in Hong Kong. She is passionate in empowering marginalized and underprivileged people groups through ethical fashion production.
Creative Director of SIEDLEL, Stephanie’s passion is design. Having worked for companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Rag & Bone, she has a background in fashion but utilizes mixed media art. Always seeking to learn the traditions and methods of other cultures, science, and technology, she strives to combine the old with the new to preserve and invent.