We are located in the Humble Sea Barrel House at 330B Ingalls Street on the West Side of Santa Cruz.
Holdfast Studio School is a collaborative community space featuring local artists and teachers. We’re a respite from busy and a celebration of slow, intentional, real, tactile, tangible materials and skills.
We value the creative process — the exploration and excitement of making something with your hands.
We offer skill building with a connection to traditional origins; we consider the provenance of the materials we use; we allow for an immersive, intimate, social experience in a relaxed studio environment.
We believe working with your hands can be a meditative refuge from busy, modern living.
Holdfast Studio School hosts private and public workshops for students at any skill level, in both traditional and modern crafts, like:
wooden spoon carving
natural fabric dying
textile series (dye, pattern, sew)
brush lettering and calligraphy
cyanotype on paper and silk
seasonal crafts (flower arranging, holiday wreath & garland making)
ready to join a workshop?
It takes courage to be a beginner as an adult, yet that mindset brings with it some of the highest rewards: stretching your potential for creation.
Do you have energy and interest in real, tactile, tangible materials/crafts Be humbled and open yourself to a new skill, new people and a new experience.
So, if that sounds interesting to you, yeah, you’re ready!
Take your new skill home to develop and come back when you want to learn more.