Free To Be Kids is based in Seattle and staffed by awesome humans who are passionate about battling gender cliches and spreading positive messages one fashion statement at a time. Here's our team, presented in the order that they came on board.
Courtney founded Free To Be Kids in July 2015. She is our marketing and business manager and chief shirt idea generator. She has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and most recently spent seven years in various roles at Amazon before taking a leap of faith in 2016 to dedicate herself full time Free To Be Kids. Her sweet and stylish six-year-old boy and fearless, exuberant four-year-old girl inspire endless design ideas, and she can't believe how lucky she is to run a business she truly loves.
A screen printer by trade since 2014, Dylan is an adaptable and self-taught Seattle artist that has always had an affinity for the fun and absurd things that exist in our everyday environment. He hopes to always be creating in many mediums- illustrating otherworldly beings, painting abstract visuals, and playing energetic and rhythmic music. While hailing originally from Texas, he hopes that his passions in music and art can take him to many beautiful places in this lifetime.
Coco Decker is a poet, artist, organizer and dreamer based out of Seattle, WA. They received their BA in Digital Design from Seattle University in 2016. Coco uses art as a means to explore identity and connect and heal with others. They run Seattle's longest running weekly show, Seattle Poetry Slam, and have been featured at numerous spoken word poetry shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Coco, visit www.courtneydecker.com.
Susan is a lifelong Seattle area native with a penchant for making artsy messes. She studied Psychology and Classics at the University of Washington before moving on to work as a buyer and fulfillment specialist for several local, indie companies in the area. She is a hardcore gamer, and you can also find her reading, fishing or working on one of her many fiber & textile related projects in her home studio.
Elizabeth is a writer, mama, and mental health/ADHD advocate based out of Columbia, SC. She spends her time making various artistic messes; homeschooling her three boys, which includes reading Howard Zinn; discussing race, gender, and class with her sons; and delighting that this is possible with children aged eight, six, and four. Three enormous dogs also call her house home, including a German Shepherd named after the harpooner from Moby Dick. He hogs the bed. Elizabeth is a staff writer for Scary Mommy and has been published everywhere from Time.com to The Washington Post.
Blake is an artist originally from upstate New York. He has been painting for most of his life and has developed a vivid, colorful style. Recently Blake received a grant to create his portrait series "Trans American History"-- a project that features trans activists, icons and martyrs who have driven or inspired social change. He also completed a murals project at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY in 2017. You can see Blake's work at: www.blakechamberlainart.com .
Malia is an intersectional feminist, creative, teacher, and nature enthusiast. She spends the bulk of her time writing/playing/performing music and can also be found in her textile studio making cutie upcycled goods, traversing mountains on her quest for the world’s greatest hot spring, or in her dress up closet becoming someone fabulous for a moment. She loves spending time with friends and family, her cat, Mowser, and two amazing guinea pigs, Ned and Marv.