Where to start? What you are about to read is so fraught with sheer awesomeness I can hardly contain my typing. First, let me introduce Kimmel Kids, a brand so cool that only the extremely privileged, in-the-know and artsy know about (that is, until The New York Times article broke it down last week). Founded by a Los Angeles-based installation artist and designer, Karen Kimmel, the line includes educational tools and toys created to inspire kids and adults to make their own mark. The original stenciling set shown here are sold through only the coolest establishments. Think Crew Cuts in NYC and Hennessey + Ingalls in Los Angeles.
Moving on. Karen decided that groovy stencils were great and everything, but she needed a space and an environment where families could come together to experience the joy of living and making art together. Enter the Crafting Community Ace Hotel Palm Spring weekend. A fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime weekend (sponsored by uber-cool brand Splendid) where you can come together in your mutual love of crafting, vacationing and hob-nobbing with the who’s who of the design community. Tiny tots and their hipster parents hanging poolside and doing crafts together? Is this seriously some kind of post-modern dream? If it is, please don’t wake me up.
The company has also just introduced The Kimmel Kids Composition Book and Tote, just in time for back to school. This notebook comes with a canvas cover available in three colors and the Tote is an amazing work in canvas. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS HOW TO WIN YOUR OWN TOTE FILLED WITH COOL ITEMS FROM THE WEEKEND!
Back to the weekend on October 8-10. Activities will include stencils, underwater photography, felting, sunrise yoga, skateboarding 101, airbrushing, dioramas, pottery, creative cookies and even a Sew Splendid pop-up store, where parents and kids can customize their own colorful garments. Seriously? Yes, seriously. The team includes Tanya Aguiñiga, Richard Mulder, Kate Burger, Cathy Callahan, Mister Cartoon, Cheryl Cambras, Clare Crespo, Steven Visneau, Sheryl Cancellieri and musical duo Nikki & Rich.
Special package rate of $678* includes:
2 nights lodging (standard king or double)
2 days art instruction and supplies
Friday night taco dinner and fireside s’mores
Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast
Saturday movie night and popcorn
Splendid-styled family portraits
Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies
Reserve by September 24, 2010. Call the Ace Hotel: 760.325.9900 PROMO CODE: KIMMEL KIDS CRAFTING
CONGRATS TO MARIA ON WINNING THIS AWESOME PACKAGE!!
>>GIVEAWAY: If you can’t attend the awesome event and even if you can, tell us how you add creativity to your family life and you could win the amazing tote from the weekend, filled with such amazing goodness as A Small Magazine craft kit, Spa Ritual Nail Polish, Splendid Exclusive, Urbanic Papers and much more!