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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

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat reflecting on the past five years I have spent here at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. Being one of the originals - or OGG, Original Gelatos Girls I remember getting that first email before anyone knew what Gelatos were! I almost threw it out because I did not know the sender; but after a little time spent on Google I decided it was LEGIT! (LOL) And it's a good thing I did because there was a whirlwind of activity to follow!

Here are a couple of my first projects I did on the team. Even then I loved color, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

Rita Barakat Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft projects (5)
As the core design team we had to wear aprons for CHA and I just couldn't leave mine blank! I ended up falling in love with decorating aprons! (This was one of many over the years!  PITT Artist pens work great on fabric!)

I've had a lot of fun on this team, I loved traveling, doing demos and meeting other creatives in person! 

Rita Barakat Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft projects (1)
I loved teaching at CHA  and other venues...

I've loved the friends I made along the way. I learned a lot about the creative business, the art itself and I feel like I blossomed into who I am today creatively...

As fun as it's been, when given the opportunity, I chose instead to start a new venture. This is my last post as an official design team member OGG for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. As a Mixed Media Artist I know I won't be giving up my Gelatos and PITT Artist pens anytime soon, but I am excited about what the future holds for me creative wise!  I am thankful I was able to work with some amazing people and products; to have met so many beautiful people in person and of course for the sweet blog readers.

It's a new season.
Good luck to the new team and make sure you check in with me at RitaBarakat.com.

Rita Barakat
Rita Barakat is a Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs and teaches workshops for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class each month! http://ritabarakat.com/classes/ Written by Rita Barakat - Visit Website


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Good luck with your future endeavors. Thanks for the inspiration!


Rita, I am IN AWE of YOU! You have taught me SO MUCH about the Gelatos and many other products in the Design Memory Craft line. Thanks for my addiction - HA! You KNOW I will be following you - can't get rid of me THAT easily! LOL! THANK YOU x 3 for all of your education and un-ending enthusiasm for being creative. LOVE YOU friend xo

Angela S

Good luck with your new direction! I'll miss you and your laughter, you've taught so much and have been such a big reason I was attracted to Gelatos!

Lisa - papergrace

I love and adore you, Rita. You are like a sister to me and I can't wait to see you rocket to stardom in everything you set your heart to. I have adored working with you, learning from you, being inspired by you, and laughing with you on Design Memory Craft Design Team. Go get 'em girl ♥


Oh dear - I'm in shock. To me - you ARE Design Memory Craft Rita. I am VERY VERY happy for you to walk, forward into new things - for sure. BUT oh my.... you will be missed. Since I started my painting journey - my heart always lifted when I read a post from you or watched one of your videos. I can't even imagine DMC without you. Wow. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your teachings and for sharing your incredible creativity. And most of all... THANK YOU for being the truly AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL upbeat, happy and inspiring person that you are each day. YOU ARE A BLESSING to us all. XXj.

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