1 Since our earliest days as a company, we have celebrated artisanal initiative, local provenance, and creative entrepreneurialism. That tradition of celebration lives on in my 3rd annual Americal Made event in NYC.
2 If you make your business as a quilter, paper crafter, stationer, needleworker or knitter, ceramist, toy maker, basket weaver, sewer, or candlemaker— you will be inspired by the four American Made professionals who will judge the crafts category. Meet them next.
3 Hannah Milman (Crafts Executive Editorial Director) Hannah enjoys reimagining long-forgotten techniques, such as marbleizing and gold-leafing, and introducing them to new audiences. She specializes in discovering up-and-coming crafters across the country and leads the development of popular Martha Stewart Crafts, Pets, and Holiday products.
4 Stefanie Lynen (Crafts Product Design Director) Stefanie learned most of her important professional skills in kindergarten in Germany, and has been passionate about making things ever since. She puts her valuable experience to use in the development of our Crafts products and supports her team with visionary design direction.
5 Marcie McGoldrick (Crafts Editorial Director) Marcie has used her industrial-design background and discerning eye to create beautiful, functional crafts projects for the magazine and website since her start at the company in 1999. Marcie also fashions distinct ceramic pieces in her spare time.
6 Silke Stoddard (Crafts Deputy Editor) Since childhood, Silke has been an avid knitter. Silke’s passion for needles and yarn grew in high school, when a knitting craze swept her native Germany. Silke creates charming one-of-a-kind projects that teach and inspire readers, no matter their crafting skill level.
7 Our decorating and style tastemakers are searching for heirloom-quality products we want to live with everyday. From cutting boards and tables to light fixtures and rugs, this category recognizes furniture, tabletop, lighting, garden, outdoor-living, homekeeping, industrial, and textile designers. Meet the professionals who will judge this category.
8 Kevin Sharkey (Decorating Executive Editorial Director)
Kevin came to the company in 1996 from Parish-Hadley, a venerable New York City interior design firm. Martha has always said that where publishing leads, merchandising follows. Kevin's executive roles for both the magazine and merchandising division are a prime example of our mission.
9 Eric A. Pike (Editor in Chief and Content Director) A decorating, gardening, crafts, and holiday enthusiast, Eric was fortunate enough to combine these lifelong interests into a career when he joined the company in 1992. He is an integral part of the creative team and oversees the editorial and artistic vision of our flagship magazine and books.
10 Marissa Brown (Home Product Design Director)
As one of the masterminds behind our home-goods collections at Home Depot and Macy’s, Marissa knows good design when she sees it. She loves working with the sculptural qualities and the scale of furniture, but Marissa’s expertise ranges from upholstery to Steinway pianos (and includes miniature furniture models that she makes for her three daughters, upon request).
11 Ayesha Patel (Style Executive Editorial Director)
Ayesha has worked at the company for 15 years, helping to evolve our brand’s identity and visual vocabulary. She is known for her careful consideration of every detail, especially colors and textures, and for her ability to enrich any editorial piece through her choice of furnishings and home accessories.
12 Whether you are an artisanal sheep’s-milk cheese maker who gives the French masters a run for their money or a small-batch gin distiller with a winning formula, this category is for you. Our group of chefs and food authorities is on the lookout for game-changing bakers, chefs, farmers, vintners, distillers, canners, jammers, picklers, and others who make our mouths water. Meet them here.
13 Sarah Carey (Food Editor at Large)
Growing up on a commune, Sarah was exposed to a variety of diverse foods and cuisine types at an early age. She shares her innate cooking passion and food knowledge through recipes in the magazine and her video series, Everyday Food With Sarah Carey.
14 Lucinda Scala Quinn (Food Executive Editorial Director)
The mother of three boys, Lucinda is a firm believer that food, security, and love are entwined in the meals we cook and serve to our family and friends. She brings delicious ideas and recipes to the tables of our magazine and website devotees, and has authored six cookbooks, including the recent Mad Hungry Cravings.
15 Jennifer Aaronson (Food Editorial Director)
Jennifer worked in banking before boldly switching career paths and pursuing her passion for cooking and baking. This master baker manages our test-kitchen staff, and creates and styles the delectable food and entertaining content you see in the pages of Martha Stewart Living.
16 Thomas Joseph (Director of Food Product Development)
Thomas is our resident test-kitchen nerd, with a passion for the science and story behind food. He puts his culinary expertise and nutrition know-how to good use, developing recipes for our television shows, creating products with the merchandising team, and hosting his video series, Kitchen Conundrums.
17 Our trendsetting market editors are seeking out the classics, calling out the newcomers, and basking in the perfect fit and best of beauty. Makers in this category specialize in high-quality accessories, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and skin-care products that promise to turn heads and leave their customers looking their best. Meet the distinguished women who will judge the style category.
18 Kate Berry (Style Editor at Large)
Kate’s 2007 wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and Martha liked the look of it so much that she hired Kate to work as a stylist. Today, as creative director of Weddings and style editor at large for Living, Kate brings that same original attention to detail and sense of fun to all of her stories.
19 Darcy Miller (Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director)
Darcy is our celebrations expert and is known for her memorable, fun, and inspirational entertaining ideas for weddings—as well as all of life’s special occasions. An avid scrapbooker and scrapboxer, Darcy is also the author and illustrator of Our Wedding Scrapbook.
20 Melissa Ozawa (Features Editor)
Melissa traces her passion for flowers and gardens to her early childhood in Japan, where she fell in love with the cherry blossoms of Aoyama cemetery and the irises of the Nezu Museum’s garden. As features editor, she covers a wide range of topics, including artisan profiles, market stories, and gardening features.
21 Melissa Milrad Goldstein (Beauty Director)
Even after her 17 years as a beauty editor, great skin care and innovations in the industry still make Melissa’s heart race. When she’s not trying to dig her way out of the beauty closet, Melissa can be found hosting The Editors’ Hour: The Beauty Edition on SiriusXM Radio.
23 Tell us your maker story through images and words. We encourage you to include video, photos and website links. We want to get to know you, so provide as much information as possible.
24 From the pool of finalists, 10 Award Winners will be named: nine by the judges and one by our audience and the winner will be announced October 17th, 2014.
25 All 10 Award Winners and the American maker community will come together in New York to celebrate with the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Summit on November 7th and 8th.