Judging Panel

Our 2018 judges will be announced in the coming months.

Below are our judges for the 2016 Global Talent Search so you can get a good idea of the calibre of industry experts that may be involved in the judging process.

 

LILLA ROGERS STUDIO
LILLA ROGERS
FOUNDING ILLUSTRATION AGENT

Lilla Rogers is one of the most successful illustration agents in the in the industry, managing the careers of over 38 high-caliber artists whose works you’ve undoubtedly seen in children’s books, magazines, greeting cards, and on scads of deliciously designed goods from bed linens and tote bags to journals and wall art.

QUAYSIDE PUBLISHING GROUP
MARY ANN HALL
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, QUARRY BOOKS AND ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS

Mary Ann is an experienced publishing professional specializing in innovative, illustrated art and technique books. For 12 years, she led the art and crafts publishing program for Quarry Books and is currently editorial director for Quarry Books and Rockport Publishers developing books on art, crafts, design, artisan food and lifestyle topics. Currently based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she is a Midwesterner who has lived the largest part of her life elsewhere and an urbanite who loves to hang out in woods. As a serial enthusiast, she enjoys many creative pursuits, including Burmese cooking, zydeco dancing, hiking, hot yoga, painting, reading, and having adventures with her children. Find out more at Qbookshop and connect on Pinterest.

MADISON PARK GREETINGS
MARGO TANTAU
CREATIVE AND DESIGN LEAD

Retrace Margo’s career path, and you’ll find yourself literally all over the map. Margo blends a passion for art, design and the people who create it, with an understanding of specialty retailing, manufacturing, and the challenges of being an independent artist. Margo’s love of possibility enabled her to turn the success of her unique Napa Valley retail store, Tantau, into a sought-after wholesale business. This favorite venture, Relish, represented unique small artists nationally and internationally, and specialized in product that would differentiate any retailer who chose to place an order. Her success with Relish led to National Magazine work, and 8 years as Creative Director of Seasonal Decor Company, Midwest of Cannon Falls. She then joined Hallmark, where she served as Creative Director of Retail Product Development and led a new in-house manufacturing division. Margo consults with artists and works with creative companies to assure successful growth. She has recently joined the Madison Park Group in Seattle as Creative & Design lead of the company, as they forge new and exciting paths in the industry while respecting their unique artful legacy of greeting cards.. She’s madly enjoying the challenge. Margo has been described as “Fairy Good-Mother to Artists Everywhere” … and she loves to live into that personality. It is this passion that guides her creative spirit.

Chronicle Books
Kristine Brogno
Design Director

Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of artists on children’s books and products — from first-time illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Julie Morstad, Suzy Ultman, Molly Idle, Sara Varon, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons.

UPPERCASE MAGAZINE
JANINE VANGOOL
EDITOR

Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE magazine, a quarterly magazine inspired by design, illustration, craft and creativity. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of typography are some elements common to her magazine and book projects. She is obsessed with typewriters. Find out more here.

ROBERT KAUFMAN
EVIE ASHWORTH
DESIGN DIRECTOR

An established member of the textile industry for over 40 years, Evie has traveled the world to all production points from Europe to Asia and in between. She brought her expertise to Robert Kaufman in 2000 to establish a whole category of product specifically for quilt fabric retailers. She merchandised the line, introducing the concept of coordinated samples and print basics, including the trademarked Fusions(TM) brand, and today continues to ensure Robert Kaufman brand’s association with only the highest quality standards. Evie currently directs a large internal design team as well as several art studios abroad, to produce Robert Kaufman’s signature in-house Luxe and Gallery looks as well as a broad range with external licensed artists and brands. Find out more at www.robertkaufman.com.

NICKELODEON & PARSONS
NOËL CLARO
ART DIRECTOR AT NICKELODEON AND PROFESSOR AT PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN

Noël Claro is a designer, art director, and professor. Her experience ranges from managing high-profile corporate projects at Nickelodeon to inspiring and mentoring small design teams and students at Parsons The New School for Design. Noël’s professional background is rooted in editorial design, advertising, promotion and creative branding. Her teaching experience covers a range subjects including design, illustration, typography, zines, merchandising and marketing. She’s not shy to rely on her stellar baked goods to provide inspiration and sustenance to her co-workers and students.

BADGE BOMB
LAUREN HAY
CO-OWNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Lauren is creative director and co-owner of Portland, Oregon based BadgeBadge , who manufactures tiny pieces of art in the USA and sells them around the planet. Lauren loves to partner with select artists to create a lively brand of buttons, magnets, and more. She and her husband, Scott, also own One Inch Round (oneinchround.com) the custom button factory responsible for sustainably crafting small objects for customers such as Dolly Parton, B-52’s, Pinterest, and everyone in between.

GALISON PUBLISHING
EMILY KLEINMAN
ART DIRECTOR OF MUDPUPPY

Emily is the Art Director at Mudpuppy, a producer of engaging children’s activities that facilitate creativity and artistic play. She has 9 years of experience in the specialty children’s market, focusing on product development, art direction, and package design. She loves brainstorming innovative product ideas and discovering new illustrators! Based in New York, Emily keeps her finger on the artistic pulse of the city, finding inspiration in everything from museum and gallery exhibits, boutiques, craft fairs, and street art. She is also a traveler of the world and always planning her next adventure. Find out more at www.mudpuppy.com.

DESIGN HOUSE GREETINGS
CECI BUTLER
PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DESIGN HOUSE GREETINGS

Ceci is all about greeting cards! She loves pairing beautiful and delightful images with just the right greeting to create the perfect card for life’s special (and sometimes not so special) occasions. Ceci has been in the graphic arts world for more than 25 years. From starting out in the world of advertising, to her transition into graphic design, and eventually at the helm of her own businesses, she has always valued and promoted the power of the visual image. Ceci is passionate and eco-friendly in her business and life. She is know for being a hands-on mother and leader who loves the outdoors, animals and making incredible chocolate chip cookies. Her mission in life is not only to promote and empower visual artists, but also to encourage others to understand the magic that can be found in the gift of a hand-written note.

CREATIVE CO-OP
TAMRA BRYANT
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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STUDIO M
ANNE BROWN
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Anne has always been drawn to creative people, fascinated by their courage and ability to express themselves through their craft. With her own passion for design, Anne’s entire career has been in product development for the home décor and specialty gift industries. She is someone who took a creative spark as a child and filled her life with a career and people who keep continue to keep that spark ignited. After graduating from the University of Kansas, where she studied textile design, she began her career with Seabrook Wallcoverings. A few years later, she became the Creative Product Manager of a new Home Division for Demdaco, later becoming a Senior Product Developer, working on collections including Kelly Rae Roberts, Embellish Your Story, and Lyricology. In 2011, Anne joined Magnet Works as the Director of Product Development to help expand their current line of products. Through a shared passion for community – artists, employees, suppliers, family, etc., she helped the team at Magnet Works to create a new division, Studio M, where she has the opportunity to work with many more artists and bring art to the garden.

Find out more here: http://www.studio-m.com.

OOPSY DAISY
KAREN CAPP
C0-FOUNDER

Karen is the co-founder of Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art For Kids, Wheatpaste, Art For Teens and GreenBox Art + Culture. She and her husband began their art company following the birth of their son. At that time, the children’s home décor marketplace had a shortage of art options that the Capps felt would inspire and truly engage children. Working out of their garage, they began the art lines that now encompass 300+ artists and 4,000+ pieces. The company today employs more than 30 staff members and is housed in its own facility, but Tom and Karen remain passionately involved in the art and product development process. Karen attributes her interest in color and craft to her experience growing up overseas, where she was exposed to artwork in both museums and in small artisan-rich villages. She is the proud mother of a son (now a teen) and daughter and loves the San Diego, CA lifestyle of sand and sun! Find out more at www.oopsydaisy.com.

HALLMARK
JULIE MCFARLAND
CREATIVE DIRECTOR – GREETINGS

Julie McFarland has spent most of her extensive career imagining, creating, and directing alternative and innovative greeting card lines for Hallmark Cards. Julie started as an artist in Hallmark’s lettering department and quickly migrated to product development and studio leadership roles. Julie “grew up” in the Shoebox Greetings team — and has been leading creative teams in the continually-evolving product development world ever since.
She is currently Creative Product Development Director of many of Hallmark’s greeting card teams and sub-brands.

AMERICAN GIRL
RILEY WILKINSON
MANAGER OF CREATIVE, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

Riley is a child pretending to be a grownup! He considers himself a lucky guy, leading content visual development at American Girl, a premium Mattel brand for girls based near Madison, Wisconsin. Riley and his team of creatives design and art direct fiction and nonfiction print titles for girls. Apps, magazine features, and online games are also part of the American Girl offering that tie beloved historical and contemporary characters to rich experiences. Riley’s 20 years in the educational toy and game space include the creation and design of The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti by Educational Insights. His early memories of glitter, scotch tape, and “crowns” (crayons) keep him forever obsessed with play and all the joys that his work brings to children and adults who never grew up.

ZOE TUCKER

Zoë is an Art Director of children’s books. She has over 17 years in the publishing industry working in-house for Random House, Penguin and Scholastic. Now freelance, Zoë remains Art Director of Alison Green Books (an imprint of Scholastic UK), where she commissions some of the world’s greatest picture book artists. She also consults with animation and production companies Magic Light Pictures and Dog Ears, Ireland. Zoë is passionate about narrative story-telling. Strong characterisation is key to making a compelling and believable story that children will return to time and time again. Collaborating with artists is her favourite part of the job and she is always on the look out for new talent! Based in Brighton, on the south coast of England, she enjoys a dip in the sea (when it’s sunny) and the odd biscuit or two!

WHERE WOMEN CREATE
JO PACKHAM
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jo Packham has been in the publishing industry for more than 30 years during which time she has authored, compiled, or packaged more than 1.000 titles. In partnership with Stampington & Co., Jo publishes the bestselling magazines WHERE WOMEN CREATE, WHERE WOMEN COOK, and where women create BUSINESS. Jo has established a new imprint: WWC PRESS, under which she publishes titles with Quarry Books that are authored by the leading how-to, food, and business experts in the world. Read more here: wherewomencreate.com

SPROUT PATTERNS
CAROLINE OKUN
DIRECTOR

Caroline is the Director at Sprout Patterns in Durham. She is very excited to be working to bring together indie pattern makers and Spoonflower designers into a flurry of creative expression. Having studied both art and psychology, she is especially fascinated at the ways that color and design impact our everyday lives. In her spare time she is a dedicated volunteer and adoption counselor at her local animal shelter, a vigilant amateur chef, and like a kid in a candy shop with her sewing machine.
Her childhood was spent in New York, where at 13 years old she would jump on a train and spend the day in art museums and eating hot dogs in Central Park. Caroline has attended both UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. She has lived in North Carolina since 1984 and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. Read more on Sprout here: www.sproutpatterns.com

AMBER LOTUS PUBLISHING
LYDIA HESS
ART DIRECTOR

Working with talented illustrators, photographers, and writers to create products that are clever, mindful, and stunning – that is what Lydia Hess does every day as an Art Director, designer and member of the product development team at Amber Lotus Publishing. Amber Lotus strives to consistently offer paper products that are unique, authentic, and distinctive for the mindful consumer. Their focus is creating calendars,
datebooks, greeting cards and, more recently, an Artist Series of Coloring Books that nurture, renew, and expand the soul. In addition to her “day job”, Hess is also a seasoned independent illustrator, having completed Sacred Nature and four other books in the Coloring Books for the Soul series for HarperElixir, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing. Read more here:www.amberlotus.com
www.lydiahess.com

TAG, LTD.
BETH STREVER
DESIGN DIRECTOR

Beth has over 20 years of product design experience in stationery, gift and home décor. She is the Design Director at Tag, Ltd., a wholesale gift and home décor company where she heads a team of in house designers and also enjoys collaborating with freelance illustrators. Beth loves that many of the products she works on are handmade by skilled artisans and is thankful that these traditions are being kept alive. She is passionate about textiles and her most rewarding work has been collaborating with master block printers on textile projects in India. In her free time, she travels whenever she can, gathering creative inspiration from around the world and collecting vintage and one of a kind textiles for her newest project, Ink & Loom (inkandloom.com), her own line of upholstered furniture.
Find out more at www.tagltd.com