Meet Our Designers!
About Tim Holtz
As a crafter for the last 17 years, Tim enjoys the creative process of making things. Tim plays an integral part in the development and design of cutting edge products. He is currently teamed up with various companies including Ranger, Advantus, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Tonic Studios, Core’dinations, and Westminster Fibers/Coats to bring unique products to the market. He enjoys traveling worldwide to educate and share techniques, project ideas, and inspiration for the creative journey.
“In a world where the moments of our lives can be captured and created in art of the everyday, it’s important it reflects our own unique personality. Finding just the right objects, accents, and tools to use are most important. Whatever your artistic vision is, exploring the imaginative is a chance for our creativity to escape understanding. Remember life isn’t about finding yourself – life is about creating yourself…”
About Dyan Reaveley
Mixed Media Artist Dyan Reaveley teaches and demos and is known for her creativity with layering color, images and thought-provoking collages.
Dyan’s unique eclectic style comes through in her vibrant color combinations of inks and paints, using text as an insightful design element and the clever use of imagery in her artwork.
As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dyan has a line of art journaling and mixed-media art supplies that includes ink sprays, paints, paint pens, inks, stamps, stencils, journals and ephemera.
Dyan owns and operates a teaching and design studio Art from the Heart in Harrogate, in the north of England. Dyan’s mission is to introduce everyone to the fabulous therapy that is art journaling and creating mixed-media art. Dyan has four grown children and the most gorgeous grandchildren in the world.
About Dina Wakley
Dina’s colorful, expressive style is anchored by her design hallmark, the creative use of white space. Her personal, organic design aesthetic strikes a balance between “artsy” and “classic”. Dina is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. She has been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. She believes in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more.
Dina lives in Arizona with her husband and 3 boys (affectionately termed “the fellas”). With a love of teaching and traveling, Dina travels the world to teach and share her art passion with students on every continent. Dina’s passion can be felt in this quote about herself – “Art fuels me, comforts me, permeates me.”
About Wendy Vecchi
Wendy is a full time artist/designer and owner of Studio 490. She is a signature designer for Ranger & Stampers Anonymous. Her Ranger product line includes Archival inks & coordinating embossing powders. Wendy designs stamps, art parts, stencils & clearly for art for Stampers Anonymous. She loves to travel around the country & teach technique, stamping, altered art classes and her spare time, she heads to her studio to…make ART! Her Studio 490 products are manufactured by Stampers Anonymous, in Cleveland, Ohio. Wendy’s Ranger Signature Archival inks & embossing powders are manufactured in Tinton Falls, NJ. Need a class in your store? LOVE Ranger products like she does? Want to do some fun mixed media classes with studio 490 stamps, inks, art parts and more? ps…she LOVES to teach techniques.
About Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry. Susan’s work includes building talismans, prayer boxes, amulets and magic for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years. Early on in her career, Susan built a handmade and commercial line of jewelry for Henri Bendel, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, as well as various independent and upscale boutiques. She recently built the successful commercial line of components called Industrial Chic.
Susan’s work has been in numerous traveling exhibits including the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Institute of New York. She is the author of Resin Alchemy, which was on Amazon’s 2013 best seller list. It includes a pioneering ten-year body of work combining metal and ICE Resin®, a jeweler’s grade resin she developed and brought to market. Susan authored her first book Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists in 2008. Susan’s innovative new work can be seen in the March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE magazine as she re-enters the fashion world and on the runway in New York and on her website at susanlenartkazmer.com.
About Simon Hurley
Simon Hurley has been creating and crafting his whole life. When he was younger he would sit for hours at a time making origami sculptures, paper beads, stuffed animals (crocheting), and polymer clay creations before he stumbled into the world of cardmaking. Simon fell in love with cardmaking because each card is a small canvas and it doesn’t take long to create a finished piece of art to brighten somebody’s day. At the age of 10, Simon explored Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks, and Dylusions Sprays and discovered his passion for creating inky backgrounds. Although he started with ink, Simon quickly branched out into the world of stamping, embossing, and coloring. Simon films crafting tutorials and posts them on YouTube to share his creativity and love for art with the world. “My first videos were not great… at all, but if I waited until they were perfect I wouldn’t have shared anything at all.” As Simon continues to create crafting tutorials he has gained a loyal following that he enjoys interacting with! He is also grateful for the amazing industry that has welcomed him with open arms and has continued to show him support on his creative journey.