Why handcrafts? Because making things by hand helps you relax, focus, solve problems in new ways, exercises your fine motor skills, connects you with something tangible, and can give you a keen sense of accomplishment. And it's pretty cool to casually mention to friends and acquaintances that you actually made that fabulous accessory they are admiring.
When you participate in a workshop you learn the thrill of hand-crafting useful beautiful objects with your own hands. Crafting, making, creating - whatever you like to call it, brings a different level of mental relaxation and focus. Workshops change all the time, but include skills such as leather-working, jewelry, knitting, journaling, embroidery, block printing, clay, and wood-working.
Each workshop is carefully curated and planned to give you a relaxing retreat where you can slow down, connect with like-minded people, learn a few new skills, create something beautiful from start to finish (to take home and enjoy/show-off), and escape from your daily grind. My workshops and studio are set-up to give you creative freedom and let you truly explore new mediums, rather than trying to exactly copy something demonstrated in front of the class.
Many workshops are designed for beginners, but some are more advanced for makers who want to expand their skills. I teach traditional techniques with a modern update, new techniques, and everything in between, in a simple to follow way that helps you feel at ease if it’s your first class, and allows plenty of chatting with your friends if you have a little experience. Class size is kept small so that you can actually get the attention you need from instructors to learn and try things.
I founded Studio How-To in 2017, after spending my life creating with friends and family and pursuing several art and craft disciplines. My favorites are knitting, quilting, sewing, and generally learning new techniques and crossing techniques across traditional disciplines.
I am excited to meet you and make something beautiful together. Come hang out with me and other makers, meet exciting new people, and make something fun, new and beautiful.