Those of us with small spaces know how difficult it can be to find space for an ongoing project. In our house it often sits in the corner until we have time to get to it and then it occupies the coffee table for way too long. And have you ever noticed how much easier it is to get a project finished when you're doing it with someone else, or at least have some company? Enter The Urban Craft Center, a new storefront in Santa Monica that wants to help foster the craft community on the westside by acting as a studio space for crafters to gather and work together, a host for some great classes (so you can learn something new) and a store selling exactly what you need to get that project finished:
The U.C.C. is open every day from 10am-8pm where they provide a studio for people to work on projects independently with complete access to their equipment and library of books. You have the choice of buying a membership for the month, paying by the hour or by the day. All the options are affordable considering what it gets you: a workspace that's big enough to spread out, a locker to keep your project in and a place to meet up with other like minded crafters.
The Urban Craft Center "believes deeply in the craft community and all that it offers us, both as a social movement and as a way to bring purposefulness and conservation to our lives. On any given day you can find a range of crafters in the studio, sharing stories, ideas and projects. A sewer making pillows at one table, a group of friends learning to needle felt a cuddly owl toy at another. The U.C.C studio is a place to nurture creative energy. We encourage anyone to stop in and explore things you might never have thought of trying."
Their Summer schedule of classes will be up soon, but for the month of March, you can still get in on some of their great classes: Paper Cut Club on March 25th, making your own yarn, making paper with embedded seeds so that they grow, and their scrapbook club meets the last wednesday of every month.
We really need a sewing class to get some projects that we outlined for ourselves at the beginning of the year going. See their schedule of classes here.