About

Kim Werker teaching at Camp Thundercraft. Photo credit Lydia Brewer.
Photo credit Lydia Brewer.

In the fall of 2020, I launched a new business with Kate Atherley. Nine Ten Publications is a publishing house focused exclusively on Canadian works related to art, craft and creativity. Our first publication is the online magazine, Digits & Threads, focused on Canadian fibre and textile arts, crafts and industry.

As a writer, instructor and editor, my work is driven by a deep belief that our imperfections are what make us interesting. Perfect is boring.

I write about creativity and making things, all in the context of embracing mistakes and failures as inherent parts of both. When we celebrate the things that go wrong, we give ourselves license to keep trying, to keep learning, to do the work that leads us to find our voice and to allow ourselves to have fun no matter the outcome of our efforts.

My online classes are designed to get you making something new or exploring your creativity, no experience required.

Through Mighty Ugly, I facilitate hands-on and discussion-based workshops and conversations that help attendees confront creative demons, experiment with new approaches to creative expression, gain insight into their creative process, and build confidence in what they make and do. (It’s for all sorts of people, whether they identify as being creative or not.) As a professional-development workshop, Mighty Ugly is aces for team building and for fostering novel ways of approaching problem-solving and ideation.

My book, Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises And Advice For Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty, is available in bookstores and libraries everywhere.

I had the pleasure of speaking and doing Mighty Ugly at Emily Carr University of Art + Design Material Matters New Craft Symposium in Prince George, BC, in 2019; delivering the closing keynote at the Mediavine conference in Chicago that same year; speaking alongside authors Leanne Prain and Betsy Greer in panel discussions and events at venues including Powell’s Books in Portland; The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; and The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; and delivering the August 2014 Vancouver Creative Mornings talk on the global theme of failure.

As for my past work, I’m proudest of having launched and run the online magazine/social network CrochetMe.com; I sold the site to Interweave Press in 2008.

From 2006-2008 I was the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine.

In addition to working on the magazines, I’ve also written or co-authored six crochet books and contributed articles or designs to several magazines and books written by other people. And yes, as I’ve told more than one border guard while traveling between Canada and the U.S., these books were published by actual publishers and people buy them. For real.

In the out-of-left-field department, I helped a client to start Clarinet News magazine.

I have a B.A. in linguistics from Binghamton University (SUNY), my honours thesis for which was about the creolization of pidgins. And I have an M.A. in educational studies from the University of Delaware, for which I performed research on babies regarding some particularities of language acquisition. You might surmise from my educational background that it’s possible to find work you love that has absolutely nothing to do with your past schooling. I love my schooling, and I love not working in the fields I studied.

I live in Vancouver, BC, with my partner, our kid and our mutt. In addition to my work I enjoy weaving, knitting, nachos, repeatedly trying to make myself into someone who goes for long runs in the woods, and reading books of many sorts. I love (some) science fiction television and am a sucker for even half-mediocre love stories.

8 Comments

  1. Hello

    Could you tell me what's the name of the yarn you used to do your “babette squares”
    they are so lovely colors!!!!

  2. I've found all the yarns in internet may be I add one blue (pewter 64) and may be the oilsick 34

    I'll try next as soon as I have the yarns
    In France yarns' detailers have only 5 or 6 colors ot the Mano del Uruguay
    I think i'll buy them in England they have all that

    many many thanks for this model and this harmony of colors that make me think of
    the Italian MISSONI especially the Missoni of the 70's or the beginning of the eightys

    When finished i'll put it on blogs with your link

    Régine Fernandes

  3. I've found all the yarns in internet may be I add one blue (pewter 64) and may be the oilsick 34

    I'll try next as soon as I have the yarns
    In France yarns' detailers have only 5 or 6 colors ot the Mano del Uruguay
    I think i'll buy them in England they have all that

    many many thanks for this model and this harmony of colors that make me think of
    the Italian MISSONI especially the Missoni of the 70's or the beginning of the eightys

    When finished i'll put it on blogs with your link

    Régine Fernandes

  4. I fell in love with your book and am trying to make ‘Bordeaux.’ I cast on 109 stitches and did three rows to form garter stitch edge. I then went into the pattern. In the second row I realized the stitches are not working out quite right. I have one extra stitch when I get to the end! I have counted and recounted. I have redone it twice. HELP!

  5. I take it from your bio you were born with the name.  I scour the innernet for distant relatives.  I trace my name back to Jakob Werker who was born in Stolberg, Rheinland Germany in 1830 and migrated to Vincennes, Indiana in 1853.  Hi father was named Peter Josef.
    Frank Werker

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