Dear Handwork Studio Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I share I will be moving on from The Handwork Studio after today. My 5-year journey with The Handwork Studio has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I'm truly grateful beyond measure to have spent this time with your family and our team.
Working with your children and creating a space where they can exercise their creativity, meet new friends, develop deeper relationships, and simply be who they are, has been something that has deeply touched me and deeply changed me throughout my tenure with the studio.
I remember peeking into the windows of our Narberth Studio over 5 years ago being totally entranced by what was happening in this cozy space. I vividly remember thinking, "Are they REALLY teaching kids how to knit and machine sew? I need to be a part of this!" This is when I knew I wanted to work with The Handwork Studio. I met with Miss Laura and Miss Julia and this wild working adventure began.
There are so many things I love about The Handwork Studio and I envision they are the same things you treasure as a parent. You see, while we teach these traditional needle arts skills, they are merely a vehicle for the bigger life skills we are trying to instill in your children. Things like creativity, confidence, empowerment, decision making, problem-solving, perseverance, kindness, acceptance and love are just a few that come to mind when I envision our classrooms. Our programs are built to accept every child, exactly as they are and exactly where they are. It's in the moments of seeing your child complete their first row, like pictured above, or trying on their first machine sewn project that my heart has simply burst into a million pieces - because these moments matter. For you, for your child and for us - It's why we do what we do here at THS - to teach and inspire your child.
I'm grateful to our wonderful team for all their tireless work to make our studio classes, workshops, parties as well as our amazing summer camp programs the best they can be for your kids. There are so many moving parts and people that it takes to run 40+ summer camp locations and a fully operational year round studio. I've been blessed and honored to work with what I believe to be the most passionate people in the summer camp and needle arts industries. I'm also immensely grateful to Laura Kelly, our CEO and Founder, for taking her vision and love for handwork to the masses and for inviting me to be a part of work that is so important and special.
The lovely part about being part of The Handwork Studio team is that it's a lifetime membership in friendship. The moments, memories, and feelings I've cultivated with you, your children and the entire THS team do not dissapear. We get to take these things with us as we move forward and for that I am so deeply grateful.
I sincerely can't wait to see all of you at the our annual Art Show in May and marvel at the amazing work your children have created in this year's session.
Thank you to each and every one of you for being such an integral fiber of this beautiful quilt of creativity we have stitched together over the years at The Handwork Studio.
With sincere gratitude,