Our Story

Making art, cooking, learning new things, and connecting over shared interests is our small contribution to making the world a better place. Nurturing our community is core to who we are and we live by the motto that everyone is welcome at The Works, always.

The Works started as a DIY school for adults, offering in-person experience-based learning in Seattle. As challenging as the Covid-19 pandemic has been for individuals and small businesses, it sparked us into bringing an idea we've always had to life. We've distilled the magic of our in-person classes into DIY Kits, complete with materials, detailed instructions, and a video to walk you through your projects. It's almost like having The Works in your home!

Looking for a more hands-on experience with a teacher? Learn more about our private events. 

Our Team

Kellie Phelan

Where are you from?

New Hampshire, the live free or die state. 

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With the woods of NH as my stomping grounds, I developed a deep appreciation for the natural world and our human connection to it. I spent the first decade of my career working in climate change consulting and now seek to change the world on a much more local level - by building community, connecting over passions, and sharing skills.

What’s your role at The Works?

Humble founder and owner, which means everything from developing kits to crunching the numbers to cleaning the bathroom. 

What else are you passionate about?

Growing food at home, knitting blankets, camping in our Westy, and supporting other small (especially woman and BIPOC owned) businesses. 

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: Best in Show
  • Favorite food: Sugar snap peas fresh from the vine
  • Favorite band: Anything by Neko Case

 

Frankie Cannata-Bowman

Where are you from?

San Francisco, land of sourdough.

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Food obsessed child turned into food obsessed adult. Surprise! I became a chef. When I’m not cooking professionally, I’m teaching culinary classes, producing live art events, and practicing witchcraft.

What’s your role at The Works?

Resident chef instructor, media editor, marketing advisor. I also supply the team with a steady influx of baked goods and jam because I’m a mom.

What else are you passionate about?

DOGS! Hiking, kayaking, dinner parties, knives, stained glass art, ceramics, nova documentaries, voting, podcasts.

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: Terminator 1 & 2 (It’s totally one film!)
  • Favorite food: Hamburgers
  • Favorite band: Dakha Brakha

 

Genesis Reyes

Where are you from?
Everywhere! I’m an Army Brat, so while I was born in Texas, I spent my childhood moving between Texas and Germany a couple times before my family “settled” in Massachusetts! 

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I am the proud daughter of immigrants, and growing up in a military family and travelling a lot meant I had a beautiful blend of cultures always influencing me. My passion for travelling and meeting new people has only grown stronger as I go along - hence why I now call Seattle my new home!

What’s your role at The Works?

I work with a team of badass powerhouse women on marketing strategy and get to have fun with social media and paid advertising! I also take on the role of unofficial cheerleader for all of the incredible work the team does! 

What else are you passionate about?

I’m super passionate about meditation and wellness, personal development, spending time in nature (morning walks in the sun are my faaave), making people feel heard, laughter, learning new languages, baking shows, and movies!

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: Does the Hamilton Musical count??? Obsessed. Disney Animations.
  • Favorite food: Empanadas & Tostones | DakGalbi | Pizza 
  • Favorite band: Paramore

 

Grace Glaittli

Where are you from?

I grew up in Port Orchard, Washington, just across the pond from Seattle.

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I've always been kind of wacky and stood out from the crowd - imagine me in Port Orchard wearing home-made zebra striped pants and tie dyed t-shirts with bright purple hair. Fast forward to today, and I now get to teach my crafty skills at The Works - it’s my dream job!

What’s your role at The Works?

Teacher of all things crafty.

What else are you passionate about?

Finding amazing treasures at the Goodwill Outlet, AKA The Bins.

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: This is Spinal Tap
  • Favorite food: Homemade sourdough bread slathered with Kerrigold butter
  • Favorite band: Brothertiger

 

Kait Herzog

Where are you from?

The great city of Chicago!

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Fueled by deep dish pizza and Cubs baseball, I grew up in a creative family and went to art school. Working in retail merchandising at Anthropologie helped sustain my wacky artist lifestyle and, in 2016, I moved to Seattle just for the heck of it and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. 

What’s your role at The Works?

Retail nerd, coming through. I source new makers for the shop, get products listed online, and make them look beautiful on the shelves. When I’m not geeking out over new products, I help the team figure out our DIY kit logistics! 

What else are you passionate about?

Analog photography, weaving and fiber art, the Tertis game that is hanging wall art, ice hockey, paddle boarding, and family dinners.

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: The Indiana Jones TRILOGY (not the new alien one...sorry Indy)
  • Favorite food: Bagels and Lox 
  • Favorite band: Allah-Las

 

Kiya Schnorr 

Where are you from?

South Florida

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I had an artsy childhood drawing, dancing, singing, and writing, graduated college with a BFA in dance performance, and moved to NYC to pursue a career in concert modern dance. There I started cooking more, which led me to found my blog, Kiyafries, and two years ago moved to Seattle and I love it here!!

What’s your role at The Works?

I develop classes and kits, mostly food-related!

What else are you passionate about?

Research and learning, history, houseplants, gardening, all things spooky, scandinavian design, making playlists, and my cat!

Bonus round!

  • Favorite movie: Moonstruck
  • Favorite food: Thai red curry
  • Favorite band: Lucius