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Exciting news!

If I sounded a little down and unsure in my last post, I hope you will forgive me. I hope I didn’t scare anyone enough to make you think we might close our doors. Naaaaahhhh… perish the thought!

We have not one, but TWO new Team Captains to present. They should both be familiar if you’ve been hanging around long.


The first is our good buddy Julie Kirk. Julie’s been with us since the very beginning. She applied for our very first guest design team call, and … well… we didn’t pick her. Why? I think we had grander plans in mind for her. We are such HUGE fans of her work that we couldn’t imagine having her for any old designer stint. As soon as our Acme kits were introduced, we named her our Acme designer. It’s evolved from there – now she creates wonderful stuff with just about anything we send her.

Julie will be stepping up from Design Team member to Design Team Captain as Nicole recuperates. We hope to hear a lot from Nicole as she starts feeling better, but this takes the pressure off. Get better, Nicole! We love you!

Our second new Design Team Captain is Lara Wineman! We love Lara. We’ve only done feature after feature of her work. On our blog. In our newsletter. We have a big crush on her. She responded somewhat like this when we asked her to join our team:

Just as any high-school requited crush, we are crap-our-pants excited to have her join us! She totally rocks the art journal… and whatever else she might want to do. No fencing her in.

I am terrifically buzzed just thinking about all the cool stuff you’ll see here in short order. Stick close – you won’t want to miss a thing!

There is one more bit of news that I share with tears and mourning.  Yasu will be leaving for Japan in less than a week.  *boo hoo*  I know it’s not a big deal for you guys – you didn’t get to hang out with her on a regular basis anyway.  But I did.  She will be sorely missed in my little corner of the world.  Of course, we expect to see each other from time to time… and she’s carrying Gauche Alchemy home with her to satisfy all our special Japanese fans.  You Japanese ladies have a load of great surprises waiting: workshops, kits… Yasu has some good stuff planned… exclusive stuff just for you!  (Don’t you wish you were Japanese now?  If you visit, we will talk her into letting you into her sold-out workshops, okay?)

We’ve convinced her to continue blogging in English as well as Japanese so we can follow along.  We love you, Yasu!  You are a talent and personality that will never be duplicated.


4 Responses

  1. Yay! Congrats ladies!

  2. Oh wow, the GA team just got more kick-ass! Didn’t think it was possible! *grin*

    Aww, hope we still hear lots and lots from Yasu. I know I never tire of her gorgeous work.

    Welcome aboard, Julie and Lara! Looking forward to working with you. =)


  3. NOW that I’ve picked myself up off the floor i’ll high five something to show how happy I am for Julie and Lara.

  4. Fantastic news – HUGE congratulations, Julie and Lara!! And best wishes to Yasu on your return to Japan.

    Sarah x x x

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