Kim Werker is creating adventures in creativity!
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patrons

$248
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I'm Kim Werker, and I'm like a camp counselor for grownups: I help people have more fun making stuff, much in the way camp counselors help kids have fun in new and unexpected ways. I'm also a writer; in addition to writing books about creativity, I write two email newsletters a week (one about art/craft and activism; the other about general creative life).

My patrons help me by financially supporting my writing and the work I do to explore the ideas I end up writing about. THANK YOU!

We adults aren't terribly good at having fun in new or unexpected ways, especially when it comes to exploring our creativity. Another way to look at what I do is that I help people get super comfortable with imperfection and feeling out of their depth creatively so they can enjoy getting their hands dirty and making stuff. And I simply love exploring the role creative acts can play in our individual and collective experiences of activism, protest, and generally trying to make the world a better place for all.

In addition to teaching online classes and in-person workshops (on topics from how to make particular kinds of crafty things to how to embrace making ugly things on your path to creative freedom to how to establish a stress-free daily creative habit), I write quite a lot about creative life and finding meaning in and through creativity.

It's that last kind of work that brings me here to Patreon, because it's not the sort of thing that can help me make my living. But it is the sort of thing that's very meaningful to both my readers and to me, personally.

This work includes writing two email newsletters every week – Action + Craft on Tuesdays, which is about the sweet spot where art and craft intersects with activism; and the Weekly Digest on Fridays, which sums up the week and includes a no-experience-necessary project to try and a bunch of links to fuel your creativity.

I don't get paid to write those newsletters, but I spend several hours each week preparing them. It's work I love doing, and I cherish the relationships I've formed over the years with my readers and listeners.

If even a small fraction of my subscribers supported my work for the cost of a schmancy latte each month, I could dedicate even more time to writing. And I'd be able to expand the concepts that underly this work to create more no-cost projects like daily creative challenges, the Maker Concierge (which is woefully neglected because it's so time-consuming but I have to focus on paid work instead), and guided creative adventures like Spring Cleaning.

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.

Over the last thirteen years, I've worked as a crochet editor (at CrochetMe.com, the website I founded in 2004; and at Interweave Crochet magazine), wrote six books about crochet, taught three online crochet classes with Craftsy, burnt out on crochet and worked at a tech startup, challenged myself to make something – anything – every day for a year (I'm on my fourth year now), and realized that writing is my 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.

In the three of years since the book came out, I've been obsessed with finding the fun in our collective creative experience, and have loved experimenting with how to lead adventures in creativity. I've learned that the best way to experiment is to share even the most harebrained ideas publicly, because I am terrible at predicting which ideas will resonate with people.

Which is where you and Patreon come in. Because the timing of my successful ideas is unpredictable, it's very hard for me to decide which ideas to pursue as potential revenue-generators to support my livelihood. It's untenable to try to create an online class, tutorial or ebook – an involved, time-consuming process – for all of the ideas I think are brilliant when I first come up with them, but then turn out to be total duds when I release them into the world. And anyway, sometimes a thing that leads to the rare successful project is the feeling of spontaneity that comes with our shared surprise that it's not a dud.

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 fans of a creator to support them on a continuing basis.

For someone like me, whose best work is often created on a whim and without warning, or best done as a form of writing that's hard to get paid for, the ability to be supported by predictable income will be a total revelation. Taking the fear and mystery out of my business will allow me to focus serious time and energy into making creative adventures whenever those great ideas pop up, and will relieve me (and you) of an endless cycle of product launches and sales promotions.

Additionally, ongoing support enables me to produce the Compulsory Podcast – a half-hour interview show about what compels us to make things. Podcasts are notoriously difficult to generate income from, but rolling Compulsory into the blanket of all of my creative work allows me, with your support, to keep it going.

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

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is an online platform that makes it simple to support makers, creators and artists on an ongoing basis, and allows makers to deliver exclusive works to their patrons. 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.

HOW DOES PATREON WORK?
You pledge to tip/pay an amount of your choosing to me every month. This income allows me to create meaningful work on a regular basis, and gives you access to exclusive rewards that only patrons get (check out the list of rewards over in the sidebar on the right). 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.

Simply put, Patreon makes it easy and rewarding to support the creators who enrich your life.

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 my creative work.

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT YOU CREATE?
I create fun, creative adventures for grownups in the form of online classes, newsletters, ebooks, challenges, conversations, and a podcast.

I call myself a camp counselor for grown-ups because I think it best encompasses what I do. Camp is super fun for kids, but it also involves a whole lot of growing up – campers are away from home and their parents; they must try new things all the time; the relationships campers form with each other and with their counselors can be lifelong and profound. We adults don't go away to camp anymore, but we can still enjoy the benefits of trying new things and inviting fun and trustworthy people to lead us on adventures. I help people rediscover the joy of making things, without any pressure for those things to be "perfect" or "pretty" or even "good."

I've worked in the crafts and maker worlds for well over a decade as a teacher, writer, editor and speaker. Find out far more about me and my work right here.

WHAT SORTS OF PROJECTS WILL I BE SUPPORTING AS A PATRON?
As a patron, you'll enable me to continue writing newsletters and to create both planned and spontaneous projects that spark joy and creative experimentation (generally speaking, more on the spontaneous end of the spectrum and fewer on the planned end). Things like the Maker Concierge (which, because I had no idea it would be so popular, has a huge backlog I'd love to have the resources to be able to work through!), the Daily Art Journal challenge, the Year of Making ebook and the Daily Making Jumpstart. You'll also be supporting my ability to write two weekly emails (both the time it takes me to write them, and the not-insignificant cost of the app I use to manage my lists).

WHAT ARE REWARDS? WHAT ARE GOALS?
Rewards are things that you get as a Patron of my work. There are different rewards for different levels of monetary support. Check out the sidebar for specific rewards for each pledge level, and choose one to become a Patron.

Goals allow me to announce in advance that when a certain milestone of monthly support is reached, I'll be able to create a certain kind of work.

Thank you for reading this far!
I'm so excited to see what we can create together.

Onward!
Kim
Tiers
Extremely Beloved Supporter
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Thank you for translating your appreciation for my work into an income that helps to sustain it! You'll get all my patron-only updates (which are most of my updates over here).
Ace Supporter
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
In thanks for your totally ace support, you'll receive all the behind-the-scenes juice you can stomach, in addition to things I make only for patrons. You'll get the Patron-exclusive podcast features and updates about what I'm up to and how it's going. 
Snail Mail-Loving Supporter
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Sweet mother of puppies. In addition to the rewards listed above, you'll get a postcard from me. In the mail. Like, the real mail! (I'll do my best not to make the postcard ugly.)
Kitchen-Sink Supporter
$10 or more per month 14 patrons
This is major, you guys. To thank you for providing me with some seriously stable income, in addition to the Patron-only newsfeed, the exclusive podcast features and the postcard, you'll receive all of the online classes and ebooks I release for no additional fee. (I'm inclined to say you'll get them for free, but of course they're not free – your monthly support is what enables me to create these things in the first place, and I blush with gratitude for your support.)
Goals
55 of 100 patrons
If there's one thing I love about Patreon, it's getting to know fellow creative adventurers. When this group hits 100 people, I'll start doing a monthly live video chat during which I'll make something and we can all get to know each other better. Yeah!
1 of 1
***
 The Mystery Craft-Along is coming, and Patrons get it first. Sign up for a no-stress creative project – no experience required! 
***
I'm Kim Werker, and I'm like a camp counselor for grownups: I help people have more fun making stuff, much in the way camp counselors help kids have fun in new and unexpected ways. I'm also a writer; in addition to writing books about creativity, I write two email newsletters a week (one about art/craft and activism; the other about general creative life).

My patrons help me by financially supporting my writing and the work I do to explore the ideas I end up writing about. THANK YOU!

We adults aren't terribly good at having fun in new or unexpected ways, especially when it comes to exploring our creativity. Another way to look at what I do is that I help people get super comfortable with imperfection and feeling out of their depth creatively so they can enjoy getting their hands dirty and making stuff. And I simply love exploring the role creative acts can play in our individual and collective experiences of activism, protest, and generally trying to make the world a better place for all.

In addition to teaching online classes and in-person workshops (on topics from how to make particular kinds of crafty things to how to embrace making ugly things on your path to creative freedom to how to establish a stress-free daily creative habit), I write quite a lot about creative life and finding meaning in and through creativity.

It's that last kind of work that brings me here to Patreon, because it's not the sort of thing that can help me make my living. But it is the sort of thing that's very meaningful to both my readers and to me, personally.

This work includes writing two email newsletters every week – Action + Craft on Tuesdays, which is about the sweet spot where art and craft intersects with activism; and the Weekly Digest on Fridays, which sums up the week and includes a no-experience-necessary project to try and a bunch of links to fuel your creativity.

I don't get paid to write those newsletters, but I spend several hours each week preparing them. It's work I love doing, and I cherish the relationships I've formed over the years with my readers and listeners.

If even a small fraction of my subscribers supported my work for the cost of a schmancy latte each month, I could dedicate even more time to writing. And I'd be able to expand the concepts that underly this work to create more no-cost projects like daily creative challenges, the Maker Concierge (which is woefully neglected because it's so time-consuming but I have to focus on paid work instead), and guided creative adventures like Spring Cleaning.

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.

Over the last thirteen years, I've worked as a crochet editor (at CrochetMe.com, the website I founded in 2004; and at Interweave Crochet magazine), wrote six books about crochet, taught three online crochet classes with Craftsy, burnt out on crochet and worked at a tech startup, challenged myself to make something – anything – every day for a year (I'm on my fourth year now), and realized that writing is my 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.

In the three of years since the book came out, I've been obsessed with finding the fun in our collective creative experience, and have loved experimenting with how to lead adventures in creativity. I've learned that the best way to experiment is to share even the most harebrained ideas publicly, because I am terrible at predicting which ideas will resonate with people.

Which is where you and Patreon come in. Because the timing of my successful ideas is unpredictable, it's very hard for me to decide which ideas to pursue as potential revenue-generators to support my livelihood. It's untenable to try to create an online class, tutorial or ebook – an involved, time-consuming process – for all of the ideas I think are brilliant when I first come up with them, but then turn out to be total duds when I release them into the world. And anyway, sometimes a thing that leads to the rare successful project is the feeling of spontaneity that comes with our shared surprise that it's not a dud.

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 fans of a creator to support them on a continuing basis.

For someone like me, whose best work is often created on a whim and without warning, or best done as a form of writing that's hard to get paid for, the ability to be supported by predictable income will be a total revelation. Taking the fear and mystery out of my business will allow me to focus serious time and energy into making creative adventures whenever those great ideas pop up, and will relieve me (and you) of an endless cycle of product launches and sales promotions.

Additionally, ongoing support enables me to produce the Compulsory Podcast – a half-hour interview show about what compels us to make things. Podcasts are notoriously difficult to generate income from, but rolling Compulsory into the blanket of all of my creative work allows me, with your support, to keep it going.

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

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is an online platform that makes it simple to support makers, creators and artists on an ongoing basis, and allows makers to deliver exclusive works to their patrons. 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.

HOW DOES PATREON WORK?
You pledge to tip/pay an amount of your choosing to me every month. This income allows me to create meaningful work on a regular basis, and gives you access to exclusive rewards that only patrons get (check out the list of rewards over in the sidebar on the right). 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.

Simply put, Patreon makes it easy and rewarding to support the creators who enrich your life.

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 my creative work.

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT YOU CREATE?
I create fun, creative adventures for grownups in the form of online classes, newsletters, ebooks, challenges, conversations, and a podcast.

I call myself a camp counselor for grown-ups because I think it best encompasses what I do. Camp is super fun for kids, but it also involves a whole lot of growing up – campers are away from home and their parents; they must try new things all the time; the relationships campers form with each other and with their counselors can be lifelong and profound. We adults don't go away to camp anymore, but we can still enjoy the benefits of trying new things and inviting fun and trustworthy people to lead us on adventures. I help people rediscover the joy of making things, without any pressure for those things to be "perfect" or "pretty" or even "good."

I've worked in the crafts and maker worlds for well over a decade as a teacher, writer, editor and speaker. Find out far more about me and my work right here.

WHAT SORTS OF PROJECTS WILL I BE SUPPORTING AS A PATRON?
As a patron, you'll enable me to continue writing newsletters and to create both planned and spontaneous projects that spark joy and creative experimentation (generally speaking, more on the spontaneous end of the spectrum and fewer on the planned end). Things like the Maker Concierge (which, because I had no idea it would be so popular, has a huge backlog I'd love to have the resources to be able to work through!), the Daily Art Journal challenge, the Year of Making ebook and the Daily Making Jumpstart. You'll also be supporting my ability to write two weekly emails (both the time it takes me to write them, and the not-insignificant cost of the app I use to manage my lists).

WHAT ARE REWARDS? WHAT ARE GOALS?
Rewards are things that you get as a Patron of my work. There are different rewards for different levels of monetary support. Check out the sidebar for specific rewards for each pledge level, and choose one to become a Patron.

Goals allow me to announce in advance that when a certain milestone of monthly support is reached, I'll be able to create a certain kind of work.

Thank you for reading this far!
I'm so excited to see what we can create together.

Onward!
Kim

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Tiers
Extremely Beloved Supporter
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
Thank you for translating your appreciation for my work into an income that helps to sustain it! You'll get all my patron-only updates (which are most of my updates over here).
Ace Supporter
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
In thanks for your totally ace support, you'll receive all the behind-the-scenes juice you can stomach, in addition to things I make only for patrons. You'll get the Patron-exclusive podcast features and updates about what I'm up to and how it's going. 
Snail Mail-Loving Supporter
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Sweet mother of puppies. In addition to the rewards listed above, you'll get a postcard from me. In the mail. Like, the real mail! (I'll do my best not to make the postcard ugly.)
Kitchen-Sink Supporter
$10 or more per month 14 patrons
This is major, you guys. To thank you for providing me with some seriously stable income, in addition to the Patron-only newsfeed, the exclusive podcast features and the postcard, you'll receive all of the online classes and ebooks I release for no additional fee. (I'm inclined to say you'll get them for free, but of course they're not free – your monthly support is what enables me to create these things in the first place, and I blush with gratitude for your support.)