Doodle Tote Bag by Jen Matott
We asked Rita to share a few thoughts about her time on our Design Team! "Five years with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft" by Rita Barakat

We asked Jen to share a few design team stories! "Memories by Jen Matott"

I have so many amazing memories from the five years that I've been on this design team.  I was one of the original crew that started when the Design Memory Craft brand started.  DSC05490

I was sent a pack of Gelatos colors in blue, Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and some PITT Artist pens to try out and create something with.  It was amazing!  Coming up with brand new ways to use these fabulous products was a thrill!  I fell in love with Gelatos and the entire Design Memory Craft line!  I had used Faber-Castell pencils and markers since I was a kid but these were so full of possibilities!  My banner was the first art piece in the ads.  It was so exciting!  I have a lot of favorite projects from my time on this team but I'll share a few of my favorites and a few memories along the way!

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This booklet will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first kit project that I made and I created the project pages for the entire kit!  It went on to be one of the best selling kits.  I loved coming up with different ways to use the Gelatos on each page!  I still get a thrill when I see it on the packaging in the store!  Which leads to the next kit: Mixed Media with Gelatos.  I love this page from that artwork!  It was another amazing adventure to create art for this kit!

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One of my favorite memories was getting to go to CHA in Las Vegas and Anaheim, CA!  What fun that was!  Lots of demoing and meeting people that I only knew from online.  It was a blast hanging out with the other designers and people behind the scenes at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 

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Every demo opportunity that I've had along the way has been amazing but especially with Marco's Paper!  Thanks for all those that stopped by and listened to me go on and on about these products and what they can do!

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Also, the trip to Cleveland, OH to meet with the rest of the design team and staff at Faber-Castell headquarters!  It was a dream come true.  Fun to explore the entire building, hang out with everyone and brainstorm the future!  I loved every moment of it!  

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There are so many good memories from working with these people and products.  I cannot say enough how lucky I was, how honored that they valued my artwork and ideas and that I got to work with such cool products!  I will be forever grateful for the long stretch that I got to work with this company!  But like all good things, it's time to move on and let some new artists have those same experiences.  I am sad to leave the team at this time but I have a lot going on at home with two very busy boys, my running/ training schedule and my own artwork.  I am an elementary school art teacher too so it is time to refocus my creative and personal goals.  I will continue to work with the Design Memory Craft products in my art and hope that I can still create work to show off these products.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity to inspire and share my love of art!

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MargieH

JEN!! So happy that we got to meet through this wonderful company <3 You ARE an amazing ARTIST and person!! THANK YOU for inspiring us throughout your years at Design Memory Craft. I will continue to stalk....er...follow you on FaceBook so keep in touch, girlie! Much love & respect xo

Gaby

That's was such a wonderful read! Good luck in your future endeavors, you've made some lovely artwork!

Lisa - papergrace

Oh Jen....I am so thrilled that I got to know you through Design Memory Craft as a friend and as a teammate, You are an AMAZING artist and an inspiration to so many people. I can honestly say that working with you has been one of the highlights as a designer for me. Thank you for teaching me, inspiring me, and for just being YOU. I wish you love, happiness, and peace in all your future endeavors. (I know you don't need luck.. ;) ) ♥ ♥ ♥

Salla

Thank you for an interesting blog post! It was exciting to read about your long and pioneering DT experience. My fave of your projects is the Mixed Media with Gelatos page with book pages and the butterfly!

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I have loved having you at our demo table. You are an outstanding demo artist and it has been fun watching your sales skills develop over the years! I look forward to working with you in the future as opportunities arise.

Bonnie Blanchard

Bravo, Jen! You are an amazing mother, art teacher, designer and friend. Glad you are taking some me and family time!

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