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GATHER SEATTLE MEMBERSHIP PROFILES

GATHER SEATTLE MEMBERSHIP PROFILES

Lauren Belfor Website: thisisvele.com Instagram: @laurenbelfor / @thisisvele Lauren is the Co-Founder of Velé, a collection of ethical leather goods essentials supporting women through conscious production and nonprofit partnership. With Velé she is passionate about bringing freedom to fashion by slowing down industry practices to focus on ethical supply chains and by sharing a new narrative in the industry: that all are worthy, wanted. Her heart lies in building communities of badass women through social entrepreneurship and authentic conversations. 

Lauren Belfor

Website: thisisvele.com

Instagram: @laurenbelfor / @thisisvele

Lauren is the Co-Founder of Velé, a collection of ethical leather goods essentials supporting women through conscious production and nonprofit partnership. With Velé she is passionate about bringing freedom to fashion by slowing down industry practices to focus on ethical supply chains and by sharing a new narrative in the industry: that all are worthy, wanted. Her heart lies in building communities of badass women through social entrepreneurship and authentic conversations. 

Anie Buckmelter Website:  www.aniebhomes.com instagram: @aniebhomes From hanging signs for a real estate agent as a child to becoming a broker's assistant and eventually branching off on her own, Anie sold 30 homes within her first 2 years in the business, most of them to first time homebuyers and Seattle transplants. She finds great pleasure in introducing others to what this unique city has to offer. Helping others get settled and discover little hidden city gems is her specialty as well as a passion of Anie’s.  Prior to entering real estate, Anie found herself in teaching positions where she honed her listening skills, both as a mentor and tutor in King County schools and a international yoga instructor. With a background in Communication Design and Art History, marketing is an integral part of Anie's approach to real estate, which brought her to Realogics Sotheby's International Realty where award-winning marketing meets innovation on a global platform. As an avid jet setter, Anie has created genuine and lasting connections all over the world through the Sotheby’s brand. Her clientele benefit not only from her extensive local knowledge but from her global connections as well. 

Anie Buckmelter

Website:  www.aniebhomes.com

instagram: @aniebhomes

From hanging signs for a real estate agent as a child to becoming a broker's assistant and eventually branching off on her own, Anie sold 30 homes within her first 2 years in the business, most of them to first time homebuyers and Seattle transplants. She finds great pleasure in introducing others to what this unique city has to offer. Helping others get settled and discover little hidden city gems is her specialty as well as a passion of Anie’s.  Prior to entering real estate, Anie found herself in teaching positions where she honed her listening skills, both as a mentor and tutor in King County schools and a international yoga instructor. With a background in Communication Design and Art History, marketing is an integral part of Anie's approach to real estate, which brought her to Realogics Sotheby's International Realty where award-winning marketing meets innovation on a global platform. As an avid jet setter, Anie has created genuine and lasting connections all over the world through the Sotheby’s brand. Her clientele benefit not only from her extensive local knowledge but from her global connections as well. 

Lauren Caron Website: unionadorn.com Instagram: @unionadorn / @laurenlcaron   Lauren is a creative consultant currently splitting her time between Seattle and New York City. After 10 years in the retail industry working for such luxury brands as Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Ralph Lauren, she developed an expansive skill set across the areas of visual merchandising, creative services, concept development, prop styling and advanced production and construction of large scale installations. Lauren launched the creative studio Union Adorn in 2014 to focus on consulting for creative presentation and visual merchandising in retail spaces, and interior design for residential and commercial clients. Passionate about history and visual story telling, Lauren’s design sensibility leans toward traditional yet is approached through a modern perspective. Combining classical elements with timeless pieces, she is noted for her ability to create layered, eclectic, livable spaces that are reflective of her clients’ personal tastes and lifestyles. 

Lauren Caron

Website: unionadorn.com

Instagram: @unionadorn / @laurenlcaron  

Lauren is a creative consultant currently splitting her time between Seattle and New York City. After 10 years in the retail industry working for such luxury brands as Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Ralph Lauren, she developed an expansive skill set across the areas of visual merchandising, creative services, concept development, prop styling and advanced production and construction of large scale installations. Lauren launched the creative studio Union Adorn in 2014 to focus on consulting for creative presentation and visual merchandising in retail spaces, and interior design for residential and commercial clients. Passionate about history and visual story telling, Lauren’s design sensibility leans toward traditional yet is approached through a modern perspective. Combining classical elements with timeless pieces, she is noted for her ability to create layered, eclectic, livable spaces that are reflective of her clients’ personal tastes and lifestyles. 

 
Lauren Crocco Website: crocad.com Instagram: @laurencroccoad Lauren Crocco is a licensed architect and principal of  the boutique design firm, Lauren Crocco Architecture & Design.  With over 10 years of experience in residential design, her portfolio includes projects ranging from remote cabins, urban residences, renovation and remodel projects as well as commercial interiors.  No matter the project type or scale she strives for authentic design solutions that emerge based on collaboration with the client and the distinct nature of each site.  Common themes throughout her projects are human scaled and naturally lit spaces, a strong inside-outside connection and a simplicity of structure and materials.  Most of all she takes pride in creating spaces that evoke a feeling of serenity and are well loved by her clients.

Lauren Crocco

Website: crocad.com

Instagram: @laurencroccoad

Lauren Crocco is a licensed architect and principal of  the boutique design firm, Lauren Crocco Architecture & Design.  With over 10 years of experience in residential design, her portfolio includes projects ranging from remote cabins, urban residences, renovation and remodel projects as well as commercial interiors.  No matter the project type or scale she strives for authentic design solutions that emerge based on collaboration with the client and the distinct nature of each site.  Common themes throughout her projects are human scaled and naturally lit spaces, a strong inside-outside connection and a simplicity of structure and materials.  Most of all she takes pride in creating spaces that evoke a feeling of serenity and are well loved by her clients.

Stephanie Eburah  Website: stephanieeburah.com  Instagram: @seburah Stephanie studied photography in college, but has a true passion for food. She spent 10 years cooking professionally in the Bay Area - from owning a food truck, to fine dining, to founding a caviar company where she developed products with the likes of Jacques Pepin. After starting a family and moving to Seattle she felt the strong urge to get back behind the camera shooting what she loves most, food and the lifestyle of eating. When not photographing food she splits her time between Seattle and her home on Lummi island where she hosts community dinners and culinary retreats because she believes food tastes better when shared with good company and there is nothing more enjoyable than sharing the table. 

Stephanie Eburah 

Website: stephanieeburah.com 

Instagram: @seburah

Stephanie studied photography in college, but has a true passion for food. She spent 10 years cooking professionally in the Bay Area - from owning a food truck, to fine dining, to founding a caviar company where she developed products with the likes of Jacques Pepin. After starting a family and moving to Seattle she felt the strong urge to get back behind the camera shooting what she loves most, food and the lifestyle of eating. When not photographing food she splits her time between Seattle and her home on Lummi island where she hosts community dinners and culinary retreats because she believes food tastes better when shared with good company and there is nothing more enjoyable than sharing the table. 

Danielle Elliott Website: daniellemotif.com Instagram: @dmotif Danielle is a lifestyle photographer and leads the brand strategy at online education startup CreativeLive.  She began her career in film production in LA which led her down a path as a producer.  After several years at post & production houses and working at a couple of ad agencies she decided to follow her dreams and pursue more creative endeavors.  She's deeply passionate about experiences and finds the intersection of storytelling, design, food, photography and music to be the sweet spot where all the magic happens.  She can often be found brunching around town at one of her favorite places, camera in-hand hoping that her friends will wait 2 seconds before diving into the meal so she can get a shot first.

Danielle Elliott

Website: daniellemotif.com

Instagram: @dmotif

Danielle is a lifestyle photographer and leads the brand strategy at online education startup CreativeLive.  She began her career in film production in LA which led her down a path as a producer.  After several years at post & production houses and working at a couple of ad agencies she decided to follow her dreams and pursue more creative endeavors.  She's deeply passionate about experiences and finds the intersection of storytelling, design, food, photography and music to be the sweet spot where all the magic happens.  She can often be found brunching around town at one of her favorite places, camera in-hand hoping that her friends will wait 2 seconds before diving into the meal so she can get a shot first.

 
Katie Hackworth Website: www.katiehackworth.com Instagram: @katiehackworth Katie Hackworth has a hefty design portfolio within a range of mediums over the past 20 years. With a graphic design degree as her foundation, Katie is a self taught architectural designer and interior designer who oversees each and every detail within the homes she creates. Her focus is design + build, as she firmly believes taking a vision from inception to completion leads to the best results on so many levels and for everyone involved. She has formed relationships with a talented group of elite contractors and architects in the Seattle area, who understand and support her mission; to create beautifully unique spaces with a nod to historical details and high-end craftsmanship that will stand the test of time, while simultaneously embracing the modern amenities and clean lines of design today.

Katie Hackworth

Website: www.katiehackworth.com

Instagram: @katiehackworth

Katie Hackworth has a hefty design portfolio within a range of mediums over the past 20 years. With a graphic design degree as her foundation, Katie is a self taught architectural designer and interior designer who oversees each and every detail within the homes she creates. Her focus is design + build, as she firmly believes taking a vision from inception to completion leads to the best results on so many levels and for everyone involved. She has formed relationships with a talented group of elite contractors and architects in the Seattle area, who understand and support her mission; to create beautifully unique spaces with a nod to historical details and high-end craftsmanship that will stand the test of time, while simultaneously embracing the modern amenities and clean lines of design today.

 
Melissa Kaseman Website: melissakaseman.com Instagram: @lisskaseman Melissa Kaseman is an Interior and Lifestyle Photographer who recently relocated to Seattle from Oakland, CA. When not photographing commissioned work for boutique architecture firms or editorial work, she focuses her time on her personal art projects, exploring themes of loss, hope, and magic in the mundane. Driven by her love of art and design she is always seeking inspiration and is excited about building a creative community in Seattle.  Her work has been published in the NYT T Magazine, The New Yorker, Lonny, DesignSponge, SFGirlbyBay, Monocle, Sunset, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, and numerous other publications. When she isn’t shooting commissioned work, you can find her chasing after her two little boys. 

Melissa Kaseman

Website: melissakaseman.com

Instagram: @lisskaseman

Melissa Kaseman is an Interior and Lifestyle Photographer who recently relocated to Seattle from Oakland, CA. When not photographing commissioned work for boutique architecture firms or editorial work, she focuses her time on her personal art projects, exploring themes of loss, hope, and magic in the mundane. Driven by her love of art and design she is always seeking inspiration and is excited about building a creative community in Seattle.  Her work has been published in the NYT T Magazine, The New Yorker, Lonny, DesignSponge, SFGirlbyBay, Monocle, Sunset, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, and numerous other publications. When she isn’t shooting commissioned work, you can find her chasing after her two little boys. 

 
Karen Okonkwo Websites: www.partywithak.com /  www.herbigday.info / www.tonl.co Instagram @karenokonkwo / @TONL / @partywithak Karen is a social entrepreneur with an interest in impacting lives through big business entrepreneurship. She owns three businesses called Party With a K, Her Big Day and most recently, TONL. Karen is also passionate about philanthropy and empowering women and she lives that out through her impactful brunch called Building Bridges Brunch that she hosts in different cities annually.   

Karen Okonkwo

Websites: www.partywithak.com /

 www.herbigday.info / www.tonl.co

Instagram @karenokonkwo / @TONL / @partywithak

Karen is a social entrepreneur with an interest in impacting lives through big business entrepreneurship. She owns three businesses called Party With a K, Her Big Day and most recently, TONL. Karen is also passionate about philanthropy and empowering women and she lives that out through her impactful brunch called Building Bridges Brunch that she hosts in different cities annually. 

 

 
Jessica Zen Website: www.thepresentperfect.com Instagram: @thepresentperfect A long-trusted source of gift ideas with friends and family, Jessica Zen founded The Present Perfect to share her love of gift-giving with others. With years of experience working for fashion brands such as Kate Spade, Chanel, J.Crew, and Coach, Jessica brings an elevated sense of style and artistic vision to her gift designs. She has a sharp eye for detail and a deep appreciation for quality design and craftsmanship. Jessica holds degrees from Columbia University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. 

Jessica Zen

Website: www.thepresentperfect.com

Instagram: @thepresentperfect

A long-trusted source of gift ideas with friends and family, Jessica Zen founded The Present Perfect to share her love of gift-giving with others. With years of experience working for fashion brands such as Kate Spade, Chanel, J.Crew, and Coach, Jessica brings an elevated sense of style and artistic vision to her gift designs. She has a sharp eye for detail and a deep appreciation for quality design and craftsmanship. Jessica holds degrees from Columbia University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. 

Amy Johnson Website: www.amyjohnsonphoto.com Instagram: @amyjohnsonphoto Amy Johnson is a Seattle based food and interiors photographer whose true joy is to create beautiful imagery. She loves using pops of color, and playing with light, be it natural or studio lighting. Her aim is to bring out the beauty of the food or interior through her photography. After a career in Logistics she decided to follow her passion for photography, quit her job, and went back to school. Always having had an interest in interior design and food, photographing them felt like a natural fit. She has studied commercial and fine art photography respectively at the University of Washington and Seattle Central's Creative Academy. Clients include the recently published book Tasting Cider, Amazon Restaurants,Taylor Shellfish, Sip Northwest, Seattle Magazine, Grand Lux Cafe, California Walnuts, Amazon Fresh, and many more. Born and raised outside of Seattle, when not busy photographing she can be found like a true northwesterner, outdoors hiking or indoors at the local theater another passion, films.

Amy Johnson

Website: www.amyjohnsonphoto.com

Instagram: @amyjohnsonphoto

Amy Johnson is a Seattle based food and interiors photographer whose true joy is to create beautiful imagery. She loves using pops of color, and playing with light, be it natural or studio lighting. Her aim is to bring out the beauty of the food or interior through her photography. After a career in Logistics she decided to follow her passion for photography, quit her job, and went back to school. Always having had an interest in interior design and food, photographing them felt like a natural fit. She has studied commercial and fine art photography respectively at the University of Washington and Seattle Central's Creative Academy. Clients include the recently published book Tasting Cider, Amazon Restaurants,Taylor Shellfish, Sip Northwest, Seattle Magazine, Grand Lux Cafe, California Walnuts, Amazon Fresh, and many more. Born and raised outside of Seattle, when not busy photographing she can be found like a true northwesterner, outdoors hiking or indoors at the local theater another passion, films.

 
Aileen McGraw Website: aileenmcgraw.com Instagram: @aileenmcgraw / twitter: @aileenmcgraw / linkedIn Aileen is a Chicago-born, Seattle-based writer who lives by the words, “There’s no such thing as too spicy.” She’s on a mission to humanize tech: Most recently she led grassroots storytelling on the Mixed Reality Marketing team at Microsoft, celebrating a growing community of designers and developers creating holograms. You can find her writing on veganism, socioeconomic identity, and womanhood around the web, and her heart at Capitol Hill's Joe Bar Café (Those green walls! Those caffeinated brainstorms!). These days, she works in communications and culture at Microsoft and cohosts an ongoing Immersive Storytelling Salon for creators in VR/AR.  

Aileen McGraw

Website: aileenmcgraw.com

Instagram: @aileenmcgraw / twitter: @aileenmcgraw / linkedIn

Aileen is a Chicago-born, Seattle-based writer who lives by the words, “There’s no such thing as too spicy.” She’s on a mission to humanize tech: Most recently she led grassroots storytelling on the Mixed Reality Marketing team at Microsoft, celebrating a growing community of designers and developers creating holograms. You can find her writing on veganism, socioeconomic identity, and womanhood around the web, and her heart at Capitol Hill's Joe Bar Café (Those green walls! Those caffeinated brainstorms!). These days, she works in communications and culture at Microsoft and cohosts an ongoing Immersive Storytelling Salon for creators in VR/AR.

 

 
Christine Sanders Website: Airbnb Bungalow Seattle Instagram: @thebungalow.seattle Christine is the owner/operator of The Bungalow Seattle, a creative venue in historic Wallingford. The Bungalow hosts short and long term stays, film and photo shoots, dinners and special events. Find us on IG @thebungalow.seattle. DM with inquiries or follow Airbnb link in bio. 

Christine Sanders

Website: Airbnb Bungalow Seattle

Instagram: @thebungalow.seattle

Christine is the owner/operator of The Bungalow Seattle, a creative venue in historic Wallingford. The Bungalow hosts short and long term stays, film and photo shoots, dinners and special events. Find us on IG @thebungalow.seattle. DM with inquiries or follow Airbnb link in bio. 

 
Gabriela Alban Hidalgo Website: capuliclub.com Instagram: @capuliclub Gabriela Alban is an artist, trained as an architect seeking purpose through entrepreneurship. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador and holds a bachelors degree, with Honors in architectural studies form the University of Washington. Gabriela is a ScanDesign Fellow and has worked in architectural firms in Copenhagen and in Seattle.  Her worked has ranged from adaptive reuse, to high end residential, to the design of high-end food experiences. She is the community programs coordinator at Design in Public and enjoys empowering others to step out of the box and explore the latent potential of design. Gabriela is fascinated with the potential of communities,  to break stereotypes and build authentic, empathetic relationships. Gabriela believes that design is a not a luxury but rather, and incredible asset which can make us more vividly human.This appetite for critical thought, grounded on a fascination with design, propelled Gabriela to start building her own business with her mom. Together, they launched Capuli Club – Sips and Treats in 2016.  This business  looks to become a leader in developing a culture of environmental responsibility. The team works hard to lead Capuli Club toward becoming a resilient brand; committed to delivering transparent, organic and food forward experiences - make sure to check out their organic fruit sips! 

Gabriela Alban Hidalgo

Website: capuliclub.com

Instagram: @capuliclub

Gabriela Alban is an artist, trained as an architect seeking purpose through entrepreneurship. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador and holds a bachelors degree, with Honors in architectural studies form the University of Washington. Gabriela is a ScanDesign Fellow and has worked in architectural firms in Copenhagen and in Seattle.  Her worked has ranged from adaptive reuse, to high end residential, to the design of high-end food experiences. She is the community programs coordinator at Design in Public and enjoys empowering others to step out of the box and explore the latent potential of design. Gabriela is fascinated with the potential of communities,  to break stereotypes and build authentic, empathetic relationships. Gabriela believes that design is a not a luxury but rather, and incredible asset which can make us more vividly human.This appetite for critical thought, grounded on a fascination with design, propelled Gabriela to start building her own business with her mom. Together, they launched Capuli Club – Sips and Treats in 2016.  This business  looks to become a leader in developing a culture of environmental responsibility. The team works hard to lead Capuli Club toward becoming a resilient brand; committed to delivering transparent, organic and food forward experiences - make sure to check out their organic fruit sips! 

 
Chi Michalski Website: chichiland.com Instagram:@chichiland Chi is an Istanbul-born, Seattle-based artist, illustrator and art director.  For over a decade, she has been working in the field of art and design. During this time, she took part in, and often creatively led projects ranging from illustration, motion, interactive, to character design, editorial, apparel and more.  These days, under the pseudonym of ChiChiLand, she creates art, illustration and design works as well as small editions of art products. ChiChiLand has a naïve, humorous illustration style with whimsical creatures, surprising visual narratives, colorful lands and patterns.  When Chi is not working, she's probably either outside - eating something delicious, or in the kitchen - cooking something tasty. She loves freshly made natural meals, long happy dinner tables filled with small sharing plates. 

Chi Michalski

Website: chichiland.com

Instagram:@chichiland

Chi is an Istanbul-born, Seattle-based artist, illustrator and art director.  For over a decade, she has been working in the field of art and design. During this time, she took part in, and often creatively led projects ranging from illustration, motion, interactive, to character design, editorial, apparel and more.  These days, under the pseudonym of ChiChiLand, she creates art, illustration and design works as well as small editions of art products. ChiChiLand has a naïve, humorous illustration style with whimsical creatures, surprising visual narratives, colorful lands and patterns.  When Chi is not working, she's probably either outside - eating something delicious, or in the kitchen - cooking something tasty. She loves freshly made natural meals, long happy dinner tables filled with small sharing plates. 

 
Emily Freidenrich Instagram: @emfrei Emily Freidenrich is a book editor and image researcher for Girl Friday Productions. She is the author of The Art of Beatrix Potter for Chronicle Books (as Emily Zach), and her second book will release in the fall of 2018. Emily has a background in art history, and has a deep interest in Modern and contemporary art, as well as illustration, design, and pop culture. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Tyler, and corgi, Pancake.

Emily Freidenrich

Instagram: @emfrei

Emily Freidenrich is a book editor and image researcher for Girl Friday Productions. She is the author of The Art of Beatrix Potter for Chronicle Books (as Emily Zach), and her second book will release in the fall of 2018. Emily has a background in art history, and has a deep interest in Modern and contemporary art, as well as illustration, design, and pop culture. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Tyler, and corgi, Pancake.