Yakwerks LLC is comprised of the husband and wife team of Yolle Lemberger and Kati Ozanic-Lemberger. They have more than 25 years of experience as artists and craftsmen in the Houston area; ranging from 15 years of designing and constructing cultural exhibits and props for the former Houston International Festival to painting residential and commercial murals, creating custom woodworking and fine finish carpentry, as well as a variety of props and exhibits for various public and private events. They work with the Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events to construct parade floats and exhibits for the city’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, PRIDE Parade and Fourth of July Freedom Over Texas event. They are known for their professionalism, work ethic and quality of work that always goes above and beyond expectations. They take a teamwork approach from design to construction, painting and installation. They live in the Heights with their two teenage children. Kati also teaches art at Hogg Middle School. Shown in the background is the family's former pet goat, Fritz, inside the Trojan Horse that Yolle built and looks out over their front yard.
Kati and Yolle toasting their 25th wedding anniversary after a long day's work.
Yolle (Bernd) Lemberger
is a native of Mittersill, Austria. He came to America in 1988 and brought his skills as a woodworker with him to Chicago and then to Houston where he settled in 1992. He has earned a reputation as a master craftsman in all things wood; custom furniture, custom bars, cabinetry, remodeling and special events props and exhibits. He worked as Head of Construction for The Houston International Festival for 15 years.
Kati Ozanic-Lemberger is a native of Illinois. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Illinois in Chicago where she received her BFA. She relocated to Houston in 1992. She has had a wide ranging career as a professional artist; art director in the audio-visual industry, illustrator, muralist, scenic artist, fine art commissions and creating unique artwork for special events. She was Visual Arts Director and Site Artist for The Houston International Festival for 15 years.