Yan Schenkel is a professional crochet toy designer and the founder of Pica Pau. Besides working on her toys and designs, she has collaborated with several illustrators, authors, and brands. She has worked on a broad range of projects, from illustrating children's books over producing and designing children events at MALBA to designing for a crochet stop motion ad. She is a regular contributor to several crochet and craft publications such as Mollie Makes, The Sewing Box, Simply Crochet, and the Zoomigurumi series. She lives in Argentina.