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About Marisa Pawelko
Meet award winning celebrity crafter Marisa Pawelko, author of the groundbreaking how-to craft book "Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects". Armed with a formal education in furniture design, Marisa used her talents to design products for the gift, toy, fashion, jewelry and decorative accessory markets before turning her focus to the craft industry. In 2005, sparked with an idea to create a recycled baby memento-keeper out of one of her son’s baby food jars, she founded Modern Surrealist™ which quickly developed an international following.
Marisa is the spokesperson for Westcott® Brand (aka The World’s Favorite Scissors™), Rowlux® Illusion Film and an official brand ambassador for Duck Brand® Duct Tape. Her unique promotional skills and stylish design aesthetic have been used to highlight many of the world’s top brands including but not limited to: VELCRO® Brand, SYROFOAM® Brand, Hasbro®, Wonka®, Disney® and Barbie®. In 2014 Marisa joined the Sizzix® group of licensed designers. She debuted her unique collection of 20 steel rule dies for Sizzix® at the 2014 CHA Mega Show, where they were honored by the Craft and Hobby Association's prestigious HOT 20 Award's title of the "most creative crafting products of 2014" and featured on NBC's Today® show. Most recently Marisa announced her role as an Official Brand Ambassador for Brother International Corporation's Home Sewing & Embroidery division.
Products designed by Marisa have been featured by a highly diverse array of retailers ranging from exclusive high-end boutiques and galleries to dollar stores, including: Nordstrom, Macys, Marshall Fields, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Sam’s Club, Michaels, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Overstock.com. Marisa’s creativity in design has been featured by PBS, HGTV, The Illinois State Museum and in countless exhibitions and publications around the world.
Professional design and promotional services include: product development, art licensing, promotional appearances, craft project design, product demonstration, display design, branding, viral marketing and creative industry consultation.