Meet Our Judges

Each one has been selected for their creative influence in our community.

Christen Hammons

Director of Publishing/Editor-in-Chief

Bella Grace / Somerset Studio / Somerset Life

Christen Hammons is the director of publishing for Stampington & Company. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bella Grace, Somerset Studio, Willow and Sage, and Somerset Life. She is passionate about all things handmade, especially knitting and crochet. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, two cats, two chickens, and one scruffy dog.

Lilla Rogers

Artist & Illustrator

Lilla’s love for art inspired her to pursue a degree in fine art in San Francisco and a second degree in illustration, and to launch a fruitful illustration career in New York City in the ’80s. But it was the entrepreneurial gene she inherited from her parents that led her into the agency business. Lilla has the extraordinary ability to recognize new artistic trends as well as technology developments that allow illustration to morph and take on a new life.

Today, Lilla continues to act on her entrepreneurial urges through her latest studio projects, including launching a floral-inspired jewelry, scrapbooking, and embellishment collection, and a home décor collection. Her book, I Just Like to Make Things, is a top-seller in Business of Art on Amazon.
Several design publications and blogs have interviewed Lilla for her expertise as an agent, trendsetter, and artist. Lilla has also lectured internationally at conferences and trade shows—such as the Illustration Conference (ICON), PrintsourceNewYork, and Surtex—and at colleges and corporations. She is available for speaking engagements.

Lilla has partnered with highly regarded producer Beth Kempton to offer a hugely popular series of online courses, called Make Art That Sells, which supplement Lilla’s book with assignments and inspiration for each of ten hot markets. Global Talent Search is their latest venture, where the winner of a series of challenges wins representation with Lilla Rogers Studio and a number of licenses with top companies!

Jen O’Connor, AICP

Founder & Owner, Earth Angels Studios

Jen encourages us to create a handmade life, one where we celebrate style and treasure beauty. She launched Earth Angels Studios in 1994, a well-recognized source for contemporary folk art and trend-setting leader in handmade retail. With a program of creative marketing, art events, and numerous show appearances, she promotes and sells the work of talented female artists. She also works as a small business development consultant coaching artful entrepreneurs on how to turn their passions into economy and how to grow small business. She is a contributing editor to numerous shelter, lifestyle and handmade publications, including her much beloved “Where Women Create” magazine. Jen studied Fine Art and Urban Design; she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from NYU in Urban Planning and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She’s a Mom, a Passionate Decorator and Collector, and Ringmaster to the artists of the Art Girls’ RoadShow.

Jen Philipsen

Creative Director for Sizzix

Jen grew up in Southern California, receiving her B.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design as well as an M.F.A. in Illustration from California State University, Fullerton. An internship followed at Walt Disney Studios based in Character Art at their Consumer Products Division. Her work is a strong combination of both traditional drawing skills and digital technique. Her professional experience includes teaching at the collegiate level for CSUF, digital character art for Disney including the Phineas and Ferb show and professional book illustration. Currently Jen works as the Creative Director for Sizzix.

Jo Packham
Jo Packham

Jo Packham

Founder & Author of Where Women Create

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 an established 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. She also designs for Sizzix under Where Women Cook’s line of dies for the new foodie entrepreneur and party planning customers as well Where Women Creates’ line of dies for organizing the studio.

Salli Swindell

Studio SSS

Salli S. Swindell and her brother Nate Padavick are a design and illustration team known as Studio SSS . They are also the founders of They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel the internet’s largest online collection of illustrated recipes and maps created by artists all around the world. Their sites are like one big international party with new friends, food and adventures arriving daily! Everyone is welcome!!

Jo Packham