"The Queen of Crafts:" Eileen Hull
Eileen Hull grew up in a large family where there was always an art project in the works.
“Learning to think creatively has been a huge benefit throughout my life: from 13 military moves and raising four children to developing product lines for craft manufacturers,” says the artful crafter who started her creative journey by designing a line of military artwork that she sold at craft shows, online and in shops. “Eventually I realized that instead of making hundreds of one item and keeping inventory on hand, I could create just one of something and sell the design! So I started submitting projects for books and magazines. In 2008, I wrote two books (that was one crazy year!)—“Matboard Magic” and “Foamboard Magic“—featuring three-dimensional projects.”
Matboard was one of her favorite materials to work with. As she started exploring its qualities, she discovered strategic scoring, folding, and cutting enabled her to create boxes, books, and folders that were sturdy—and quite addicting.
“The only problem was if I made one tiny miscalculation, the project was ruined and it was back to square one,” she explains. “I started thinking that a die-cut manufacturer should make a die that could cut and score thick materials like mat board.”
Hull approached Sizzix at the Craft and Hobby Association show, and they agreed that her idea was interesting enough to pursue.
“My signature line of ScoreBoards™ dies were launched in 2009, and my 10th Sizzix collection will be released in February 2014,” shares Hull, who is currently vice-chair of the Designer Council for the Craft and Hobby Association. “It was almost like having a baby when they finally became available to buy in stores!”
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EILEEN TAKES GLAMPING TO A CRAFTY PLACE WITH HER 2014 #PAPERTRAIL TEACHING TOUR
Glamorous, luxury camping—aka: glamping—has a friend in Eileen Hull, an innovator in the craft industry, who is embarking on a nationwide tour in her vintage Serro Scotty camper to teach crafts in cities across America
Washington, DC, March 12, 2014 — Anyone who loves camping and crafts will be intrigued by artist Eileen Hull’s 2014 #PaperTrail Teaching Tour.
The Northern Virginia mother of four and grandma to three is loading up her Serro Scotty camper with art supplies—many that she has created for the craft company Sizzix—and embarking on a series of trips across America to teach and connect with other “glampers.”
“I’ll be promoting my branded craft products in independent stores, chain stores, art centers, and other venues,” says the woman who colleagues and customers call the Queen of Crafts. “My goal is to share my love of crafting along with the belief that it does your soul good to take time to create every day.”
The #PaperTrail Teaching Tour has three phases.