Angela H. Brown
Angela H. Brown is the Executive Director and founder of Craft Lake City, a 501-(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. Craft Lake City’s mission is to elevate Utah’s creative culture through science, technology and art. The organization does this through educational programming, such as monthly workshops, program and exhibition curation and by hosting The Annual Craft Lake City DIY® (Do-It-Yourself) Festival®, a three-day handmade faire inspired by Utah’s own rich crafting history and cultural background. The Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival spans three days and includes over 250 artisans, a STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) building, workshops, local performers and more. The annual event attracts more than 20,000 attendees. In her spare time, Brown loves to print silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom, run outdoors and volunteer for various local committees and advisory boards. Brown is the current Chair of the SLC Corporation Business Advisory Board for the City Council and Mayor. In 2018, Brown was honored as a Distinguished Alum from the Salt Lake Community College. In 2019, Brown was honored by Utah Business Magazine as one of 30 “Women To Watch.”
Brandy Oliver spends her days working with students and encourages them to pursue their creative dreams and make lifelong plans. In her free time, Brandy Oliver enjoys travel especially when it pertains to visiting craft festivals, farmers markets, and craft markets across Utah and the United States. She loves meeting people and talking to them about their craft.
When he’s not zip-tying banners to DIY Fest fences, Craft Lake City
Board Chair John Carlisle teaches journalism, yearbook, and
photography at Granger High School. He’s also a UBI-certified bike
mechanic and a ULC-ordained wedding officiant. In his spare time, he
sews for his secret brand, Blacktag Bags. He also shoots for a local
punk rock ‘zine almost every month, and his photos are attributed to
his T9 pseudonym.
Amanda is the founder and designer of the modern unisex clothing brand, Mochi Kids. She loves traveling, eating, and has dabbled in almost every art & craft. She has been a participant in Craft Lake City’s DIY festival for the last four years and is excited to bring her experience to the Craft Lake City board.
Bill is a lead data architect at the University of Utah, driving research and operations in the areas of biosurveillance, antimicrobial stewardship and infection control at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Prior to his current position, he helped launch a market leading medical software company. Bill’s art background is somewhat limited, primarily consisting of 4 or 5 nights at Paint Mixer where his simple acrylics get incrementally better with each sip of wine. Like most Utahns, Bill also enjoys skiing, biking, camping, the outdoors, travel and taking his dog for hikes.
On a whim in 2002, Brittany Golden signed up for a jewelry class at the local college while studying the art of creating teeth. It was here she became fascinated with the metal casting process, her real life calling was born—jewelry making.
Starting in 2004, Brittany served as the Resident Silversmith Instructor at Sundance Resort in Provo, Utah. During her nine years at Sundance, she also operated her own private studio. In 2013, Brittany moved her love of silversmithing and teaching to the heart of Sugar House in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since then, B Golden Jewelry School has offered a full range of classes that explore techniques and mediums in the world of metalsmithing—including an extensive 6-month Jewelry Business Certification Program. Over the years, she has become a celebrated artist locally and internationally.
Her jewelry appears in the book “30 Minute Rings” and has also been the featured artist in several exhibits within Utah. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, MJSA, Advisory Board Member for Craft Lake City, and President of the Women’s Jewelry Association Salt Lake Chapter.
Chad encountered his first computer at age 6, and has been hooked ever since. His love for all things computing has translated into a passion for making technology accessible to people of all ages. Over his 20 year IT career, Chad has developed predictive analytics for discovering cancer drugs, wrangled databases for the Sundance Film Festival, and designed computer networks for Salt Lake’s award winning Library. Currently, Chad is a Staff Service Reliability Engineer at Proofpoint. Chad has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Westminster College. He also makes pretty good beer.
Jacqueline is the owner of local vintage clothing shop Copperhive Vintage. She has participated as an artisan in the DIY Festival for many years, and is excited to bring her experience to the board. When she’s not at the shop, you can find Jacqueline advocating for body positivity and fat positive spaces.
Jessica Thesing owns Mean Mugs Pottery Co. a local artisan manufacturing company that specializes in handmade mugs. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to Utah in 2011 to continue a career in Economic Development for Salt Lake City Corporation. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, she spent 10 years working in Minneapolis as an Urban Planner and as a consultant on neighborhood and business district development initiatives. Jessica is an arts enthusiast through and through and loves dreaming about a world where arts and high quality goods are supported and incorporated into our everyday purchases. Jessica loves spending time with her husband and daughter, doing just about everything outdoors, and traveling to far away places.
After growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and slowly making her way up the East Coast, Julie moved to Salt Lake in 2008 and has been in love with the area ever since. When she’s not distracted by the Uinta Mountains or the call of the desert, she spends as much time as she can quilting, sewing, and knitting. Julie is a transportation planner, working to improve the road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian networks throughout the Wasatch Front. She received her BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.
A Reno native, classically trained concert pianist, and experienced startup founder, Kristy Muir is a maverick who has bridged EdTech in policy, enterprise, arts, community, and higher ed. In 2015 Kristy developed an open-source EdTech platform that teaches coding PreK-12 nationwide. Additionally, Kristy founded the first community chapter for Silicon Slopes that bridged minority leadership to opportunity. Kristy has received various industry awards for her work and was the first non educator to sit on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) STEM Leadership Team. Kristy is a mom of three daughters, and when she is not working she is in the mountains with her girls and pup!
Matthew originally moved to Salt Lake City from his hometown of Kaysville in 2002 to work as the Director of Graphics of Black Chandelier and Jared Gold Couture. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Utah with a double major in Japanese Language and Literature and Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese performance art traditions. Matthew has been a volunteer member and teacher of the Salt Lake City Kenshin Taiko Ensemble since 2004 and has trained on the Japanese transverse bamboo flute in Kyoto for the last 12 years. He also has training in Japanese pottery, calligraphy, Noh theatre, and Japanese and Tibetan meditation techniques. For most of the last decade, Matthew worked in Japan for local government and non-profit public interest organizations. His work included providing consultation for large events held in Kyoto and promoting initiatives to promote the economic sustainability of Kyoto’s community of traditional artisans. Matthew currently works as a freelance researcher and is excited to be back in Salt Lake City and involved in Utah’s community of artisans.
Nick Hoffmann grew up in North Carolina and spent years working in science education for the University of North Carolina. After moving to Salt Lake City in 2015, Craft Lake City’s annual DIY Festival became his favorite summer fest. Nick currently works for Clark Planetarium and enjoys splitting his time between Salt Lake City and Utah’s outdoors.
Pamela Martinson Olson
Pamela M. Olson is a professional florist, floral educator and freelance writer. Owner of Native Flower Company, she was a founder of TriFecTa Design, Inc. and has worked in the floral industry for more than 30 years. One of the little known skills of a florist is the ability to innovate, design and create on the fly – building something from nothing and to, in the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it Work!” These are the skills Olson admires in those who bring their talents and products to Craft Lake City.
Sarah is the owner of the local stationery shop City of Industry, which focuses on curating goods from woman-owned businesses. She’s sold her own line of goods at the DIY Festival for several years, and loves to elevate the voices of other makers by hosting in-store workshops, promoting their work in her own store, and building tools for artists in her day job at Big Cartel. When she’s not working, Sarah tries her hand at just about any craft… though her level of success may vary.
Guests often comment on the “You get fork stabbed” cross-stitch that hangs on the wall in Sarah’s kitchen. She loves to boast that she scored it at the very first Craft Lake City in 2008. Since then, Sarah has moved around a lot–from SLC, to the Bay Area to Los Angeles. She has led large teams to develop software products that seek to improve the work and life of her fellow humans. These experiences run the gamut from beloved video game franchise, The Sims, to a Jurassic Park Virtual Reality set for the kids, to local newsrooms discovering and airing stories that break on social media, to a digital education platform. Sarah consistently seeks innovation at the intersection of art and technology. She is happy to be back in Salt Lake, amongst a vibrant community that inspires these passions. And, to opt outside with her herder rescue mutt, Sly Fox.
Become an Advisory Board Member
Craft Lake City is looking for individuals who are passionate about craft and the local community to serve on our advisory board. If you are interested, apply below. We’d love to meet you!