Kelly Malone, the undisputed DIY queen of San Francisco and head maven of Workshop and Indie Mart, is one of the most headstrong ladies in town and a friend to many. She was recently re-diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer (she was first hit with it a few years back) and sent out a call to the community to help her kick it in the butt once and for all–with rock n' roll, of course!
Royal Baths (hands down one of our favorite SF bands), Social Studies, Art Museums, Sandwitches, and Carletta Sue Kay are coming together at the Independent next Tuesday, June 7th in a fundraiser to help Malone pay for hospital bills. When she started Workshop two years ago, she sacrificed her salary and medical benefits to keep the awesome DIY classes affordable to everyone. Now, she's asking us to return the favor.
The DiY movement continues to grow, and as it does more and more of us are becoming interested in taking up a craft or hobby that involves a little skill and some hand-eye coordination–other than Wii bowling, of course. But with hectic work schedules, commuting, or just sheer laziness (here!), sometimes it's hard to set your nose to the grindstone and actually make it happen. We want to learn some new skills while having a little fun too, you know? Enter Workshop, the new DiY classroom brought to you by the folks behind Indie Mart's monthly shopping events.
If you're anything like us, you've had a million brilliant D.I.Y. projects that, well, never come to fruition. Luckily, Kelly Malone is here to nudge us into making that t-shirt line or apartment garden a reality. The founder and head purveyor of Indie Mart is opening an airy brick-and-mortar shop in NoPa, aptly named Workshop, that offers affordable D.I.Y. classes on anything from Rock 'n' Roll Sewing for Dudes to kombucha making.