All posts by bigredsun

Kid’s Summer Camp with FEED Handcrafted Arts at Big Red Sun Venice

Join Jane Kifer, designer, teacher and creator of FEED Handcrafted Arts, offering hands-on arts and crafts instruction to ages 6 and up. Jane Kifer is a professional designer, who integrates her classic professional skills with unconventional designs to offer hands-on lessons this summer at Big Red Sun Venice.

WEEK 1- Beading and Jewelry

July 4,5,6,7

Basic stringing, exploring patterns in relation to technique, attaching a clasp, making a clasp, knotting, working and manipulating wire with beads to form a necklace, key chain, bracelet, earrings. Make wall hangings, sculptures and anything else that can be conceived with the materials. *Tools provided, children keep finished and practice pieces.

WEEK 2- Sewing and Quilting

JULY 11,12,13,14

Hand sewing, cutting, explores shapes and patterns. Learn to quilt a top. Sew a pouch. Different options for binding an edge. Sew three-dimensional forms. Learn to use pins, thread a needle, knot a sewn stitch. And as per request, sew a button : ) *Student keep sewn projects.

WEEK 3- Drawing

JULY 18,19,20,21

Charcoal, conte crayon, pencil, powdered graphite- brushes, fingers, paper towels blind drawings, drawing negative space, line drawings, contour drawings, look at tonal values of white to black. Explore composition, paper textures, pencil lead density and perception. *Student keeps all drawings

WEEK 4- Cord work

JULY 25,26,27,28

Various knots, braiding, twists and macramé patterns to create interesting strands to be used in key chains, bracelets, necklaces, or light pulls, curtain straps. Experiment with thick cord and thin string to achieve varying effects. Explore rope gauges, knots, patterns and color. *Student keeps all finished and practice projects.

WEEK 5- Crochet

AUGUST 1,2,3,4

Learn basic crochet stitches- furthering the skills individually based on the child’s progress. Chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet. Make a scarf, a hat, a potholder, and a square. *Student keeps, project ball of yarn, crochet hook and finished piece

WEEK 6- Paper

AUGUST 8,9,10,11

Paper in all forms! Make our own activity/coloring books and learn to bind it. Create stationery. Make paper beads, both rolled and cut out paper with metallic pigments and varnish for durability. Use as pendants for jewelry. Create sewn greeting cards, wrapped in beads and string.


200+$100 (High quality)materials/kid/week

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs. 10am-2pm

15 kids max, 2-3 teachers

Contact for signup:

Email:, (310) 428- 3937

Held at Big Red Sun, 560 Rose Ave., Venice, Ca.90291

Pack and bring a lunch. Snacks provided

About Jane Kifer:

Jane Kifer is a professional jewelry designer, who integrates her classic professional skills with unconventional designs, Jane’s work has appeared in Juicy couture, Anthropology, Planet Blue, Nordstrom, Barney’s and The Blue Jeans Bar. Her jewelry has also been featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and various publications including TIME OUT NY, W magazine, Lucky Magazine, Ned and Shell,, and Redbook.

Jane founded her company as a tribute to her Mennonite heritage, growing up with her great grandparent’s farm in southeastern Pennsylvania. Jane grew up crocheting, sewing, beading making everything from baskets to gluing leaves and sticks to paper with paint. She was fortunate to grow up in the wings of acclaimed Knoll designers such as Harry Bertoia, Don Albinson, Richard Schultz and eventually her stepfather, Bill Stephens.

Jane exemplifies the blend of two worlds. With the precision of her technical skills and her integration of classic yet unconventional design, Jane can make almost anything. She is often heard saying, ” Well anything can be made, we just have to figure out how.” Jane resides in Los Angeles with her two children, where her kitchen table is always a mess because someone is always making something, but she thinks it’s worth it.

Vote for Selena Souders in the Bix Bash Readers Choice Awards

BIG RED SUN‘s Owner and Founder, Selena Souders has been nominated for BIZ BASH Designer of the Year for her amazing event designs and decor.
VOTE BY SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 at the link below: