This month, we are pleased to introduce you to Lydia Kamicar, the Association For lydiaCreative Industries’ (AFCI) Director of Education and Learning Services based in AFCI’s Chicago office.  Lydia will be overseeing all of the Association’s education offerings both at Creativation and throughout the year.  She is also a DIY aficionado who isn’t afraid to push her creative comfort zone.

Where are you from? I’m from Northeast Wisconsin but have called Chicago home for the last 15 years.

What’s your favorite craft and/or hobby? I like paper and stamps – making gift tags out of old holiday cards is a particular favorite!

Any cool DIY projects you’ve tackled? I made most of the décor for my wedding and was particularly proud of keeping our centerpieces to $25 a table. This involved IKEA lanterns, blue votive candles, painted kraft boxes, and many many hours spent hot gluing gray, yellow and navy yarn around Smoothfoam balls.

Photo credit: GReyes Photography

A few years back I found a tutorial to make a shag rug out of t-shirts and had to give it a try. It involved about 8,000 strips of white t-shirt, dyed with Rit in the washing machine. After 60+ hours, I ended up with some latch hook skills and a 2.5’ x 3’ shaggy gray rug that looked great in our living room and was soft on the feet.

What’s a creative project you’d like to try? I’m starting to plan out a “grocery store” for my kids’ playroom. We’ll make some felt food and craft a fabric awning over the counter-height shelving. I haven’t done much with felt before, so excited to give it a try. My inspiration is coming from Lucy Sparrow’s Convenience Store art installations.

Lydia can be reached at or 312-673-5725.


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