🎉Grand Opening @ All Hands🎉

Dear Makers,

Happy Naw Ruz! Naw Ruz is an ancient Persian festival, the first day of the Baha’i calendar, and the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. I believe it is an auspicious moment to begin new endeavors. My new endeavor is to write you a weekly letter of insights and encouragement for your creative practice.

Becoming more visible by telling my story and becoming the face of the business is the exciting yet daunting next step on my entrepreneurial journey, and one that seems appropriate to take as the earth around us models how to blossom and manifest all the colorful energy and life that was patiently incubating during winter.

Already All Hands has seen so much growth since our first handful of workshops last October. So the moment has come for a Grand Opening! Please join my team, our awesome teachers and me on Friday, April 19th for an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Santa Cruz. You can come as early as 4 pm to beautify your hands with henna and enjoy tasty refreshments (including cookies from BigBite!). Then the big scissors will come out right at 5:30.

In the meantime, I’ll be finalizing a new logo and a new facade for the studio, and you are invited to send me photos of anything you have made at All Hands in exchange for a chance to win a year’s worth of free workshops! My dream is to get as many images of where your creations live in your homes or how you are using/wearing them in your day-to-day. You can send me as many photos as you like, and you can be entered to win for each separate piece that you’ve made. The winner will be announced at the Grand Opening.

A year ago today, I was a stir crazy stay-at-home mom of a 4 month old, and I decided to begin an intentional creative practice. It was simple. I would try out a different craft every 19 days and post what I was up to on social media. I often missed my days, but I did a lot more than I would have if I had not given myself a goal in the first place. I had absolutely no idea that this commitment to my creativity would lead to me opening my own brick-and-mortar studio. My first little effort in these series of 19 day challenges was to brush letter one word a day. And the very first word I wrote, the word I wrote a year ago today, was ‘explore’.

May you enjoy a new year of exploring that leads to something delightfully unexpected and life-giving.

In community,

Kendra