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“We love this space, as it was a natural gallery,” said owner Rebecca Peragine of their new digs. Moving out of the virtual spaces of Etsy and web sites, Peragine has been curating the front of her shop from artists and artisans across the globe.
With cement floors, black raised ceiling, and much open space, it is perfectly appointed for the two major purposes of Kindred Work + Shop. Working on arts and crafts, and shopping through unique artworks by local artisans and designers.
Mobiles, air rooted plants, and many recycled and reclaimed materials dominate the space.
“The paper birds came from a recycled paper project from Haiti. You can see the french words beneath the paint. It’s quite special.” Peragine said of the bird mobiles hanging around the shop.
“Our products are all by local artisans.” Peragine said, “Even our shelves are designed by a metalworker from Fallbrook.” While current crafters and artisans represented include: Fresh Words Market, Children Inspire Design Art, Pur Bliss Soy Candles, and Keep Cups, the offering continues to grow.
Peragine is all about what is local, and that includes offering classes for local children this December 2013. ” Crafts and cocoa are available Saturdays through the end of December, 2013 — free admission — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More classes are being added all of the time for both kids, Art Healing, and more–for current class schedules, click here:
Classes will continue into January, fees still to be determined. “We’ll be having regular classes starting in January, for kids, Mommy and Me, Adults, as well as Art for Healing.” Peragine said.
Art for Healing is a unique class, taught by artisan Harmony Piper, certificated in the 3 hour class where up to 10 women can talk about colors, feelings, through the creation of art on canvas. “Harmony starts with a word, or a feeling, and asks her students to paint for a period of time, then they move through two more lessons on pairing emotion, color, and it is therapy of sorts.” Peragine discussed. “In the last class, eight women who didn’t know each other were all friends by the end of the class. All connected. It was wonderful to watch.”
Classes do include wine and nibbles.Palates and posters, designs created by Peragine at her kitchen table with her young son, all originally sold at her online stores were Child Inspired.
“We have done well with our “my roots” designs, as well as our travel posters, all children inspired,” Said Peragine. “There is also a social component, as a percentage of what we sell goes towards micro-financing women entrepreneurs in the Temecula area.” Five percent of every sale in the Old Town Temecula location will go toward women in business.
Peregine, a self taught graphic designer, developed both her logo, and the original paper prints, cards, and poster art available for sale at the store and online.
However, the ongoing curation of unique artworks is testament to an eye for detail. “The afghans came from a senior center’s craft fair. We bought them all, as it’s a lost art. We are all about educating people about the important hands-on arts, like weaving, and other creative projects.” Peregine said.
Peragine has always been a tinkerer and a crafter, with compassion for the earth. “Giving back can be a powerful thing. We are always looking for ways to give back to the community, and the world.” Peragine said.
For more information about Kindred Work + Shop in Old Town Temecula, visit: http://www.kindredworkshop.com
Kindred Work + Shop is located: 42072 5th Street, Ste. 103 Temecula, CA 92590
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