Kim Werker is creating a community of creative adventurers.
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I'm Kim Werker, and I'm like a camp counselor for grownups. This community is for anyone and everyone who is on a creative journey – whether you're trying to simply be more creative, develop a creative habit or regular practice, or you're a working crafter or artist.

My work is about helping people to explore their creativity in a supportive environement that's filled with honesty and good humour.

Above all, I'm a bringer-together of people. People on a creative journey who value connecting meaningfully with others who are on their own creative journey.

That's what this Patreon is all about: we are building a community of creative adventurers.

Through a private, inclusive, supportive group and through live video chats, we share our highs and lows, celebrate our finished projects (the successes and the failures), and just simply get to know each other.

All people are welcome, regardless of ability or experience, and intolerance of any kind is, well, not tolerated.

Who'm I?

I have a long and varied career in the craft and DIY world, and if there's one thread that connects all the work I do it's that creative exploration can and should be a part of our daily lives – everyone's daily lives, even people who insist they aren't creative or have no talent or couldn't paint their way out of a paper bag. It's not about how good we are at creating things – it's about how much fun we can have even if the end result is a total mess, and it's about understanding what creativity means to us.

Since the mid-2000s I've worked as a crochet editor (at CrochetMe.com, the website I founded in 2004; and at Interweave Crochet magazine), written six books about crochet, taught four online crochet classes with Craftsy/Bluprint, burnt out on crochet and worked at a tech startup, challenged myself to make something – anything – every day for a year (still going since 2014), and realized that writing is my favourite creative outlet and that teaching online is my favourite part of my career.

Mighty Ugly is perhaps the most well-known project I do – it involves making something truly hideous on purpose in an effort to make ourselves feel more comfortable about the inevitability of making ugly things by accident as we learn how to make beautiful things. I wrote a book inspired by this project, called Make It Mighty Ugly.

Within our community, I nudge us along, provide prompts and tips and advice when asked, and share exclusive work and adventures with members.

Ok, so how does this work? Let's do it Q & A style.

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is a platform that's kind of like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but instead of enabling a discrete project to be funded one time, it enables ongoing projects like this community we're building. In other words, it's a straightforward way to support the relationship between creators and fans. For as little as $1 per month, you can become a patron of the arts by supporting my work, and I will create work that only patrons can get.

This particular Patreon is a membership-based group. Rather than supporting a particular project of mine, you are joining a diverse, supportive and inclusive group of people from around the world who value exploring their creative experience along with others. There are two major hubs of this community: The private group (currently hosted on Facebook and hopefully soon to move to a non-Facebook platform that's just as easy to use and participate in), and live video gatherings.

The private group is private for a reason – it allows us to build trust and get to know each other outside the mayhem of social media. The group chats enable us to see each other in real time, even from far away (though participating with video is not at all required – participation only by voice or even just by text chat is most welcome). The live chats are recorded, so if you miss one you can watch along another time.

HOW DOES PATREON WORK?
You join our community at the Tier of your choosing. Every month, Patreon will charge you in the amount of your pledge. If you support more than one creator on Patreon (I support several, myself!), you can set a limit to the amount of money you spend each month so you can be sure to stay within your budget.

On my end, each month Patreon makes the total amount of funds collected available to me (less their fees), providing me with a stable, predictable income to support the time and expense of keeping this community going.

HOW, EXACTLY, DO I PARTICIPATE ONCE I JOIN?
When you join at any Tier, you will be invited to join the private group, and you will gain access to all of the posts I've ever made available to the Tier you've joined. In some of those recent posts will be information about the upcoming live video chats, including the link to click to participate when the scheduled chat time arrives.

What you get out of this community is up to you. Please dive in and introduce yourself when you first join. We are a very friendly and welcoming bunch, and there are no wrong reasons to be here, no stupid questions to ask, and no right way to participate (so long as that participation is respectful and kind).

WHAT ARE GOALS?
Goals are things we can undertake once our community grows to a certain size. For example, our first goal is to get our private group off Facebook so we can have a stable, consistent platform to use that's not controlled by a massive multinational corporation that's proven itself to have dubious morals, at best. [Edited: We met this goal! Yay!]  Setting up the new platform costs money, and there will be ongoing fees to keep it going. It's a super platform, though, which will be easy to use and which integrates beautifully with Patreon to allow for all kinds of nifty features moving forward.

When we reach our next membership milestone, I'll start a podcast that's all about creative exploration and adventuring.

As our community grows and evolves, we'll identify more and different things we'd like to do. We can set more and different kinds of goals, accordingly.

Thank you for reading this far!
I'm so excited to get to know you, and to see what we'll create together.

Onward!
Kim
Tiers
Adventurers
$1 or more per month

Yeah, you're into creative adventuring. Here's what's in it for Adventurers:

  • Membership in our exclusive Facebook group (see our Goal for getting off Facebook and creating a superduper community platform just for us!)
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter with updates and tips on making the most of your creativity or your creative adventure or both.
Bold Adventurers
$3 or more per month

You like adventuring with others. Here's what's in it for Bold Adventurers:

  • Monthly video group chat
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter
Dauntless Adventurers
$5 or more per month

Not only do you like adventuring with others, you like grand adventures. Here's what's in it for Dauntless Adventurers:

  • Bi-monthly video group chats
    --> One with the full group of chatty adventurers
    --> And one that's on a topic you vote on
  • Discount on new work Kim releases (applies to new work she has the ability to discount; could be ebooks, online classes, tutorials, so long as she has control of pricing)
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter
Audacious Adventurers
$10 or more per month

You're in deep with the adventuring, my friend. Here's what's in it for Audacious Adventurers:

  • All new work Kim releases at no cost (applies to new work she has the ability to provide to you at no cost; could be ebooks, online classes, tutorials, so long as she has control of pricing)
  • Bi-monthly video group chats
    --> One with the full group of chatty adventurers
    --> And one that's on a topic you vote on
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter
Goals
64 of 100 patrons
Bring Back the Podcast!
Short-form, bi-monthly to start, on topics members can suggest. From tales and anecdotes to audio tutorials to concocted adventures, to exclusives just for members – all inside your ears.
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I'm Kim Werker, and I'm like a camp counselor for grownups. This community is for anyone and everyone who is on a creative journey – whether you're trying to simply be more creative, develop a creative habit or regular practice, or you're a working crafter or artist.

My work is about helping people to explore their creativity in a supportive environement that's filled with honesty and good humour.

Above all, I'm a bringer-together of people. People on a creative journey who value connecting meaningfully with others who are on their own creative journey.

That's what this Patreon is all about: we are building a community of creative adventurers.

Through a private, inclusive, supportive group and through live video chats, we share our highs and lows, celebrate our finished projects (the successes and the failures), and just simply get to know each other.

All people are welcome, regardless of ability or experience, and intolerance of any kind is, well, not tolerated.

Who'm I?

I have a long and varied career in the craft and DIY world, and if there's one thread that connects all the work I do it's that creative exploration can and should be a part of our daily lives – everyone's daily lives, even people who insist they aren't creative or have no talent or couldn't paint their way out of a paper bag. It's not about how good we are at creating things – it's about how much fun we can have even if the end result is a total mess, and it's about understanding what creativity means to us.

Since the mid-2000s I've worked as a crochet editor (at CrochetMe.com, the website I founded in 2004; and at Interweave Crochet magazine), written six books about crochet, taught four online crochet classes with Craftsy/Bluprint, burnt out on crochet and worked at a tech startup, challenged myself to make something – anything – every day for a year (still going since 2014), and realized that writing is my favourite creative outlet and that teaching online is my favourite part of my career.

Mighty Ugly is perhaps the most well-known project I do – it involves making something truly hideous on purpose in an effort to make ourselves feel more comfortable about the inevitability of making ugly things by accident as we learn how to make beautiful things. I wrote a book inspired by this project, called Make It Mighty Ugly.

Within our community, I nudge us along, provide prompts and tips and advice when asked, and share exclusive work and adventures with members.

Ok, so how does this work? Let's do it Q & A style.

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is a platform that's kind of like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but instead of enabling a discrete project to be funded one time, it enables ongoing projects like this community we're building. In other words, it's a straightforward way to support the relationship between creators and fans. For as little as $1 per month, you can become a patron of the arts by supporting my work, and I will create work that only patrons can get.

This particular Patreon is a membership-based group. Rather than supporting a particular project of mine, you are joining a diverse, supportive and inclusive group of people from around the world who value exploring their creative experience along with others. There are two major hubs of this community: The private group (currently hosted on Facebook and hopefully soon to move to a non-Facebook platform that's just as easy to use and participate in), and live video gatherings.

The private group is private for a reason – it allows us to build trust and get to know each other outside the mayhem of social media. The group chats enable us to see each other in real time, even from far away (though participating with video is not at all required – participation only by voice or even just by text chat is most welcome). The live chats are recorded, so if you miss one you can watch along another time.

HOW DOES PATREON WORK?
You join our community at the Tier of your choosing. Every month, Patreon will charge you in the amount of your pledge. If you support more than one creator on Patreon (I support several, myself!), you can set a limit to the amount of money you spend each month so you can be sure to stay within your budget.

On my end, each month Patreon makes the total amount of funds collected available to me (less their fees), providing me with a stable, predictable income to support the time and expense of keeping this community going.

HOW, EXACTLY, DO I PARTICIPATE ONCE I JOIN?
When you join at any Tier, you will be invited to join the private group, and you will gain access to all of the posts I've ever made available to the Tier you've joined. In some of those recent posts will be information about the upcoming live video chats, including the link to click to participate when the scheduled chat time arrives.

What you get out of this community is up to you. Please dive in and introduce yourself when you first join. We are a very friendly and welcoming bunch, and there are no wrong reasons to be here, no stupid questions to ask, and no right way to participate (so long as that participation is respectful and kind).

WHAT ARE GOALS?
Goals are things we can undertake once our community grows to a certain size. For example, our first goal is to get our private group off Facebook so we can have a stable, consistent platform to use that's not controlled by a massive multinational corporation that's proven itself to have dubious morals, at best. [Edited: We met this goal! Yay!]  Setting up the new platform costs money, and there will be ongoing fees to keep it going. It's a super platform, though, which will be easy to use and which integrates beautifully with Patreon to allow for all kinds of nifty features moving forward.

When we reach our next membership milestone, I'll start a podcast that's all about creative exploration and adventuring.

As our community grows and evolves, we'll identify more and different things we'd like to do. We can set more and different kinds of goals, accordingly.

Thank you for reading this far!
I'm so excited to get to know you, and to see what we'll create together.

Onward!
Kim

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Tiers
Adventurers
$1 or more per month

Yeah, you're into creative adventuring. Here's what's in it for Adventurers:

  • Membership in our exclusive Facebook group (see our Goal for getting off Facebook and creating a superduper community platform just for us!)
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter with updates and tips on making the most of your creativity or your creative adventure or both.
Bold Adventurers
$3 or more per month

You like adventuring with others. Here's what's in it for Bold Adventurers:

  • Monthly video group chat
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter
Dauntless Adventurers
$5 or more per month

Not only do you like adventuring with others, you like grand adventures. Here's what's in it for Dauntless Adventurers:

  • Bi-monthly video group chats
    --> One with the full group of chatty adventurers
    --> And one that's on a topic you vote on
  • Discount on new work Kim releases (applies to new work she has the ability to discount; could be ebooks, online classes, tutorials, so long as she has control of pricing)
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter
Audacious Adventurers
$10 or more per month

You're in deep with the adventuring, my friend. Here's what's in it for Audacious Adventurers:

  • All new work Kim releases at no cost (applies to new work she has the ability to provide to you at no cost; could be ebooks, online classes, tutorials, so long as she has control of pricing)
  • Bi-monthly video group chats
    --> One with the full group of chatty adventurers
    --> And one that's on a topic you vote on
  • Membership in the exclusive group
  • Monthly Patreon-exclusive newsletter