Hi my name is Claudia and I was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. My great grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was seven and I fell in love with making clothing. My great grandmother Lucile gave me the yarn and said, “this is love” and I’ve shared that love with my community one strand, one stitch at a time. I went to Berkeley High and later Berkeley City College. I am a mother with two young daughters and when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter Lea several years ago I made her a baby blanket and fell back in love with crocheting, one strand, one stitch at a time. I recently quit my full-time job in human resources to spend more time building Dafunkybutton into a full-time enterprise. I still have two part-time jobs to pay my bills and to provide for my babies, but I need to follow my dream in order to get to where I want to go.
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I started Dafunkybutton six years ago. My first products were fabric covered button earrings, hence the name. Initially I concentrated on making earrings, bracelets and other jewelry for women. At Dafunkybutton, we pride ourselves in creating jewelry as unique and as fashion forward as the individual who wears our hand made earrings and items. I design one-of-a-kind button earrings using upcycled clothing and fabrics from around the world. With special attention wearable “ear art” that’s uniquely reflective of the deisigner and the funky button fashionista!
A couple of years later I began integrating scarves, hats, mittens and other gloves into my product line. I was one of the first vendors at First Friday’s in Oakland and have crafted at dozens of fairs around the Bay Area. The KPFA craft fair, SF Etsy, you name it, I’ve crafted at it.
I am now teaching crotchet to women in my community through a program called Crotchet & Sip. Teaching others a handicraft provides young women with a skill to earn part time income as many of the young women in my community lack opportunity and vision to pursue their dreams. My ultimate goal is to empower other women in my community through love one strand at a time, one stitch at a time.
What is the purpose of this loan?
This loan will allow me to purchase bulk yarn, purchase some new tools and attend a knitting & sewing professional class at JoAnn’s fabric business. I want to expand my skill set in order to make cardigans, bags and other accessories.
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years