Calling All Artists
“Crafting Community is a place where the integral role of creativity in the family space can take root and thrive,” says artist Karen Kimmel, who describes her role as that of founder, creative director, and general arbiter of mayhem. “Artisanal pieces bring to our lives a deeper connection to the creative process, and they highlight the power of innovation and the handmade.”
From left: The graphic design and social media work spaces inside the Crafting Community studio. Creative director Karen Kimmel outside the new studio in Los Angeles's Atwater Village.
“We encourage and cultivate creativity through art, curated design, fitness, and plain old fun—whether it’s a family-weekend getaway, a one-day event, or a social media event,” says Kimmel. “We are driven by creativity, design, community, and partnership, all of which are essential tools for life.”
From left: Crafting Community marketing specialist Tait Chatmon, chief operating officer Stacy Bernstein, and creative director Karen Kimmel. A Crafting Community geo planter by Jen Johnson sprouts to life.
In Living Color
“The artisan movement has elevated crafts to their rightful role of being considered art, but artisanal objects are happiest when they’re fulfilling their destiny,” says Kimmel. “Wear them, carry them, or set the table with them. Most important, don’t be afraid to use them!”
From left: Pretty jars all in a row: final mini masterpieces from Crafting Community’s Succulent Garden Workshop. Rene Holguin, owner of RTH (a shop where cool and craft collide on LA’s La Cienega Boulevard), leads his Family Crests workshop at Crafting Community.