GUILD began as a series of conversations between two friends, Monica Stickley and Carrie Saxl. Where could we go for a girls night out that involved more than just dinner and drinks? Where could we take our children on a rainy winter day and sip coffee and chat while they enjoyed crafting and making nearby? Where could we throw a baby shower or a birthday party that would include fun activities and not break the bank? Where could we gather with other creative and entrepreneurial friends to talk shop, make things and share knowledge?

After years of bonding over their shared enthusiasm for making things, learning new creative skills and their roles as moms, the idea for GUILD began to take root. What began as a search for a local community maker-workshop and affordable event venue grew into a desire to build the space that they were dreaming of.   

GUILD is a place for everyone, from the creatively curious novice to the seasoned artist looking to brush up on old skills or learn something entirely new. It is a coming together of people with similar interests, building community, learning together and having a good time. From weaving and watercolor to block printing and shibori dyeing, we offer a spectrum of classes accessible to all ages and abilities. 

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Carrie received a degree in fashion design and has spent the last 19 years of her work life designing and making pretty things for her eponymous jewelry line.  She gives her all in everything she does and prioritizes learning and creativity in every aspect of life.

Monica studied culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America and has worked as a food stylist and wedding cake maker. She has extensive experience in planning weddings and events.   Creating unique, heart-felt experiences and bringing people joy makes her happy.

Carrie and Monica met when their children were in daycare together and they’ve been close friends ever since. They share many interests, but the two most important ones are connecting and creating.