Photo by Marc Knobloch Photography

Photo by Marc Knobloch Photography

 

What is Craft Hangout?

We started Craft Hangout to combine our love for making fun things with solutions to some of the road blocks we encountered firsthand—frustration of feeling trapped, experiencing creative exhaustion, issues with time management, and inspiration obstacles (to name a few!). We noticed other people with the same problems, and we decided to share our own tips & tricks on staying inspired and motivated, as well as building an inclusive community of like-minded people. Through conversations and explorations on key topics that apply to YOU, creative challenges for the whole tribe to do together, and interviews with guests to gain additional perspective, we are here to make a difference in YOUR life. Because whether you’re a craft hustler or a craft hobbyist, you’re going to want to be part of our hangout.

We will help you get better at your craft, stay inspired, improve practices, find more time to work on your craft, and even challenge yourself to try new things—ALL while having fun hanging out with us!

What do we mean by "craft"?

We are referring to an activity involving skill in making things by hand. Although we mean primarily visual and decorative arts, if you feel like your jam fits in, please hang with us, too!

About your hosts:

 
Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

Eliza Kapitan

Creator, Producer, & Craftaholic

Eliza has a day job in fashion accessories in NYC but has a passion for making art and craft by hand. In 2018, she launched the podcast Craft Hangout as an inspiration destination for crafty peeps looking to get motivated, gain insight, and have fun. She loves making jewelry, painting, drawing, marker rendering, customizing sneakers, textile/apparel art, sculpting in air dry clay, creating insane toys, and is down for trying any new supply she finds at the craft store. She is a Murderino/aka fan of the podcast MFM, and is obsessed with watching anything true crime while she crafts. 

Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

LEELOO THATCHER

Co-Host, Mad Crafter, & 100% New Yawk

Leeloo met Eliza in the 90s in NYC, and they’ve been pals ever since. Ms. Thatcher works in fashion during the day and gets crafty after work. Her sweet-spot craft is string art, but Lee is down for any kind of handmade project, including woodworking a radiator cover with repurposed East Village street garbage wood. Her passions include art, fashion, podcasts, Carl (her ChiJack pooch), and teaching her husband how to sew on the machine that is in the middle of the living room. Leeloo is also a Murderino and lover of all things true crime and joined the team as a guest co-host in Season 1 and is now a permanent co-host.

Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

Photo by Bruce Raden at Marc Knobloch Photography

JESSIE KATZ GREENBERG

Co-Host, Craft Teacher, & Self-Proclaimed Type-Geek

Jessie met Eliza at a hand-lettering class in 2018, and once they realized they were both Murderinos and obsessed with crafting, Jessie made an appearance as a guest on Season 1 of Craft Hangout, became a guest co-host when Katie and Sam left for grad school, and is now a permanent co-host on the show. Her dream is to make crafts for TV.