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Our Philosophy

Our goal is to create a unique learning experience—  where you thrive while building confidence & new skills.

 
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We’re about building confidence through the simple act of making itself— the joy and struggle and triumph that comes from creating something from start to finish with your own two hands.

We’re not just about helping you create beautiful finished products—  although those are awesome. It’s also a way to take a break from the computer and get lost in the flow of making through the tactile experience of working with your hands. We're here to guide and support you through the often messy process of creating. 

 

Ellie's Teaching Philosophy

Teaching the value of handcrafted

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Ellie isn’t just helping others learn new sewing skills, she’s creating a social movement. 

She is determined to change the way people perceive the value of handmade items, in order support the growth of an alternative economy. In Klum House classes, students install a Klum House label in every item they make. It’s important to Ellie that the students see that they made a product, not just a bag. By teaching what goes into creating something yourself, she is informing customers and enabling makers to sell their products at the price point they need to sustain their business.

 

 

In Her Words

For me, learning how to make things is like developing a new set of intelligences. Not only does it build confidence & efficacy, it leads to being more conscious consumers that value human energy and creativity even more.

In modern society people aren’t used to interacting with products that aren't in their finished state. I believe we are losing our sense of power to make things happen, because we don’t participate the process of creating things. This contributes to low self-esteem and low self-confidence in our ability to make things happen in the world," Ellie explains. "If someone can make something with their hands, in a few hours, they see their ability to change things and make things. It builds self-confidence & efficacy.

I believe that the more people who really understand making things as a lived experience, the more our culture and society values handcrafted. The more folks actually know how much goes into make the clothes we wear and the accessories we use, the less wasteful we are, and the more precious our everyday things become.

After 20 years of selling handcrafted goods, I have experienced the struggle that makers go through to sell their goods at the value that they are actually worth. I teach people how to make things with their own two hands, because when people make something themselves, not only do they understand the value of the good that they produced through their lived experience and their bodies, but they also develop a newfound appreciation for the goods made by other artisans.

— Ellie Lum, Skill-Building Teacher & Professional Maker