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© 2019 Brett Bara

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brett.bara [at] gmail [dot] com

HI, I'M BRETT

CRAFTS EXPERT + CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR

Hi, I'm Brett, and I'm obsessed with making things, and helping others learn to make things! I've spent the past 20 years building a career at the intersection of crafts, content creation, media, and entrepreneurialism. 

Where did it all begin? I like to say I've been crafting since I was in utero, and haven't stopped since! I grew up in a crafty home with very DIY parents where we made everything ourselves. I remember learning to knit while watching Sesame Street, and some of my best childhood memories are visiting the fabric store with my mom, flipping through those giant books to pick out a pattern I loved, selecting my favorite fabric, and watching/learning as my mom sewed clothes for me (which I was always so proud to wear)!

As an adult, I started my career working in traditional magazine publishing, with some serious crafting happening on the side. (Ya know, just running a handbag design business and a wedding cake business out of my 240-square-foot East Village studio, lol.) Eventually my obsession with making all the things and my experience in publishing merged, and I began working in crafts publishing. Publishing turned to other media work, and then it all turned to online work, and boom! It's 2019.

Over the years, I've been a magazine Editor-in-Chief, a book author, a TV host, a video instructor, a brand spokesperson, a social media maven, a designer, and a blogger--just to name a few. My entrepreneurial spirit has been with me through it all, and I've been inspired to start businesses that connect the young, urban, professional folks in my community with the deep tradition of handcrafts.

 

When I'm not crafting, I love eating, making cocktails, getting fancy manicures, urban gardening, and... doing crafts. (What can I say?!) Currently I devote my work time to building my newest business, Hello Bargello​, and taking on client work and special projects. 

 

I live in Brooklyn with my husband, our four-year-old twin girls, and one very fluffy cat. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

CLIENTS + COLLABS

Michael's Stores • Land's End • Bluprint/Craftsy • Coats & Clark • Singer • Lion Brand Yarn • Interweave Books • Random House/Potter Craft • Sixth & Spring Books

AS SEEN IN

Design*Sponge • Martha Stewart • Good Housekeeping TV • The Knit Show • CBS Early Show • Shop NBC • The Wall Street Journal • Create TV • BUST Magazine • Knit & Crochet Now