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Meet the Team

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Sara Thompto

Founder, Owner & Event Coordinator

Sara Thompto is the creative force behind I Heart Indie Markets, I Heart Indie Markets: Pop-ups and I Heart Indie Makers. She also manages and designs for her business, No Coast Paper Co.


In her free time she enjoys exploring her community (currently San Jose, CA), reading a good book, listening to all sorts of music, traveling often, cuddling with her dog Roxie, and  watching the sunset as much as possible!

IG Handle: @SaraThompto

For more details on how I Heart Indie Markets came to be, check out the "Story of Origin" on our blog!


Sylvia Brueckert

Event Operations Coordinator

Sylvia Brueckert started as I Heart Indie Markets' Events Operations Coordinator in November 2021. With a background in urban planning, she loves the power of creativity to build and strengthen communities. Her hobbies include printmaking, beekeeping, and gardening. She recently moved from Iowa to Austin, Texas and is enjoying exploring the area.


David Van

Co-Organizer of Walkers Point Makers Market IHIM Event

& Owner of Madison Makers Market

David Van took over the ownership and organization of Madison Makers Market in August of 2019 (est. Nov. 2017 by Sara Thompto). When I.H.I.M. started planning an event in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, it was only natural to bring Dave on as a co-organizer of the event! Who better to help establish and run a Wisconsin market, then someone who already knows the drill and loves the area?


He  also helps his partner Meagan run their business, TacoCat Creations, his freelance web design and photography company, Obscura Studios, and local car-spotter IG account, Cars of Madison. 


When he's not working every day, all day, forever, Dave loves Beer, Bike Riding, Photography and working on his old Volvo, Aina. He moved to Madison fifteen years ago for college, and never wanted to leave.

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Contributing Artists

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T.L. Luke

Illustration Artist

T.L. Luke is the artist behind our beautiful "Event Finder" header illustrations!

Read about the work and learn a bit more about her here on our blog! 

Want to commission her for an illustration or see more of her amazing her? Find her here - 


Instagram: @tl.luke


Twitter: @tl__luke

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