Inspiring the Fresno community in all things crafty by providing education to artisans of all ages and abilities.
"C R A F T O P I A" will be the ULTIMATE destination for crafting in Fresno/Clovis, CA. We will provide creativity, community, and inspiration. Our top notch, PATIENT instructors will cater to ALL levels of artisans with ALL levels of ability. Classes will include: sewing, knitting, crochet, jewelry making and MANY MANY more crafty projects.
My 2nd Grade teacher wrote on my report card...
"Kirsten day dreams too much, however, she is our best story teller." I will take that as a compliment, Mrs. Tynio! I was born to "day dream" and create things. One of my earliest memories is remembering when my grandfather, a very talented oil painter, would give me oil painting lessons in his studio.
I pursued a creative career, graduating from FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) with an Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design. I spent the next 18 years of my career designing for various well known brands and retailers in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
I have spent the last few years teaching others various crafting and sewing skills and even had an opportunity to teach a week in Kostroma, Russia. The look of self esteem and pride on someone's face after they have created something is priceless and knows no language barriers!
What will the money be spent on?
We have already invested 50% of the total amount needed to open on graphic design, web site design, advertising, future deposit and crafting supplies. Your pledges will be used to open the studio space, provide cozy seating, craft tables, craft storage, sewing machines, overlock machines, ironing boards, tools for the studio, other office and craft supplies, and hire instructors. There are also kickstarter fees, amazon fees, taxes, product costs and shipping fees.
Our financial goal is the minimum amount that we need to open. Any money raised beyond our goal will determine the size and location of our space and be reserved for more: crafting supplies available for purchase, more tools, dress forms, spinning wheels, machines and creating the best possible 'Craftopian' customer experience! We are GRATEFUL for any pledge amount. If you are unable to pledge at this time we will also be GRATEFUL to you for SHARING this link.
C R A F T O P I A's services and amenities will include:
- Top notch industry professionals who are patient and knowledgeable
- Classes, Beginning to Advanced in: fashion and home sewing, pattern making, draping, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, polymer play sculpting, scrapbooking, quilting, kids crafts, teen trafts, painting, and MORE!
- Handmade consignment items
- KIDS CLASSES, to occupy little ones, while mommy gets to take a class.
- Home Schoolers Art and Home Ec Classes
- Crafting projects from around the world - Celebrating different cultures.
- WIFI for your technology addictions, complimentary coffee and beverage bar, comfy chairs for knitting and crafting
- Pajama crafting nights and other seasonal crafting events
- Photo op area to take photos of yourself with your creations and upload to Facebook and Twitter
- Sewing machines, overlock machines, ironing boards and dress forms
- Jewelry tools, glue guns and basic craft supplies for members or "Citizens of Craftopia"
- Pinterest pick of the week - Where we base a class on the most popular "pins"
- Knitting and crochet groups, quilting, crafting groups etc.
**For the GRAND OPENING, there will be a CRAFT FAIR with various local artisans, music, balloon animals, face painting, sidewalk chalk art contest and give aways!**
"C R A F T O P I A " REWARDS!!:
- When you pledge $20.00 or more, you will be invited to add your name to a collaborative art piece that will hang in "C R A F T O P I A".
- If 70 backers would commit to taking 4 classes: "Passport to Craftopia", We will be able to open "C R A F T O P I A"!!
Yes!! Just create an additional kickstarter account and choose another reward. And THANK YOU!!!
Obviously, we can't predict the future, however, if you are worried about this, take the class asap and you will be covered! In any case, I, Kirsten will give you a private lesson. BUT I am going to do everything in my power to create the ULTIMATE crafting destination for Fresno, hopefully ensuring that Craftopia will be around for years to come!
When the project is funded I will email you your options. Most of the items shown can be made to your liking. If you have specific colors that you prefer we can also cater them to your personal style. If you live in the Fresno/Clovis area, you can pick out exactly what you want at the studio.