What to Know About Crafting Community 2013 — from 3 Top Designers!Babble Editors
Travel, creativity, and fun — all things that have the ability to make your family happy and bring you closer together. So what’s not to love about an experience that combines all three? Crafting Community‘s annual weekend retreat is just that (and then some!), and this year’s event is already looking to be their best one yet.
In addition to the luxurious Palm Springs setting and roster of incredible family activities — not to mention the chance to attend the event for FREE — participants will get to attend crafting classes with some truly remarkable designers.
With workshops on everything from leatherwork to fun with fabrics, Crafting Community 2013 is definitely not one you’ll want to miss!
Meet the Designers …
Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles-based sculptor, designer, and textile artist known for her vibrant and spirited work — and for the homage it pays to her Mexican-American heritage. A contributor to previous Crafting Community family weekends, Tanya will be returning to lead a workshop at this year’s event.
Clare Vivier is rapidly becoming a household name for the refined, elegant leather goods she designs and produces in Los Angeles. She’ll be packing her monogrammed luggage to teach an encore of her popular workshop at Crafting Community 2013.
Elizabeth Antonia is the voice of The Littlest Blog and mom to daughters Elodie and Frankie. Before becoming a full-time parent, Elizabeth put her creativity to work as an art director for companies like Apple, J Brand, and Coach. Elizabeth and her family are participating in this year’s festivities!
How would you describe Crafting Community to someone who had never heard of it before?
Crafting Community is an amazing weekend in the desert where families learn art and craft techniques from super cool artists and designers. — Tanya Aguiñiga
It’s the best! Kids are off doing crafts and not saying, “Please, please, please can I play more video games?” You’re chatting with friends and sitting in the pool. Cocktail hour starts early, and everyone is safely in a contained space, so even though it’s chaotic, it’s also unusually chill. — Clare Vivier
Crafting Community is a little utopia in the desert created just for families. There is a lineup of fantastic workshops and crafts, the chance to meet new, like-minded friends, and all the amenities of a family vacation to fall back on if you just want to have some downtime and play in the pool instead. — Elizabeth Antonia
If you had to convince a friend that she ABSOLUTELY had to bring her family to Crafting Community, and you only had 30 seconds to do it, what would you tell her?
When else can you spend a weekend at the Ace Hotel meeting other creative families from all over the U.S., make projects together, dance with the kiddies, enjoy the desert, and have the opportunity to interact with artists and designers one-on-one as a family?! — Tanya Aguiñiga
Friend, you are out of your mind if you don’t come with me to this. Once in a blue moon something comes along that is perfectly geared toward making every member of your family happy. You are sure to leave with some beautiful memories … and some amazing creations! — Elizabeth Antonia
What is your favorite memory of Crafting Community from years past?
I remember last year when my workshop was over. We were cleaning up the crafts, but a few people decided to hang out. It was so fun to be relaxed and chatting with them as they continued to work on their craft as I cleaned up. It was a nice moment of getting to know people I already knew a little better. — Clare Vivier
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s Crafting Community?
I look forward to seeing all the projects. I start thinking of my Crafting Community workshop early in the year, so it’s great to see what everyone else comes up with. The list of participating artists and designers keeps growing — so the projects get better and better each time! — Tanya Aguiñiga
What does your family love most about joining you at Crafting Community?
What’s not to love?? Fun crafts, swimming, running around, yummy food, and staying up late! — Clare Vivier
You’ve spent a lot of time in Palm Springs, in particular at The Ace Hotel. What makes it a great place for a family weekend like Crafting Community?
My favorite thing about about taking my kids to the Ace in Palm Springs are the peaceful mornings and evenings. The property is situated at the foot of a beautiful mountain range and the light is golden and calm. I am not much of an early riser but I actually look forward to getting up and out of the hotel room so I can experience the quiet grounds with my children. Then, at the end of a long day at the pool, when everyone is fed and clean, it’s nice to sit by the fireplaces and recount the day together. It is a comfortable place to just be, and I think children (and parents) sense that and feel right at home. — Elizabeth Antonia
Images courtesy of Crafting Community and The Littlest on Instagram
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