The History of Swirl Works: How We Got Started & What’s Coming Next!

Feb 25, 2021

How Swirl Works Came To Be

Though we opened our doors in November of 2020, the idea for this space had actually been brewing for years.

Years ago our founder Kori took a trip to Peru to study cultural traditions. She quickly became enthralled with the art and the culture.

The power of connection was palpable; the connection to the present and the past, as well as the connecting force between people who didn’t share the same culture or even language. Kori took that with her as she returned home to the Bay Area, and later those were the seeds from which Swirl Works was born!

For years, Kori hosted backyard gatherings where acquaintances became friends, creating a small community right here in Menlo Park. She saw the power in people coming together, unplugging, and enjoying the process of creating. She knew she wanted to create a place where more people could have that same experience.

Finding A Home at Allied Arts 

When Kori first stepped foot onto the Allied Arts...

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Swirl Works - Part of the Allied Arts Community

Feb 11, 2021

Swirl Works

Swirl Works is a creative studio with a mission: to give people a place to connect with themselves and others through art and creativity. 

We opened our doors in early 2020, but the idea had actually been brewing for years. But more on that in our next post!

The power of connection and creating is undeniable and acted as the seeds from which Swirl Works was born! We are excited to create a space and community here. We hope you’ll join us soon! 

A Member of Allied Arts 

Swirl Works is located inside the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, California. Founded in 1929 as an artists guild, with the mission "to provide a serene, beautiful workplace for artists and to encourage the crafting of handsome objects..." Today, it remains a historic landmark in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Allied Arts is a place for artists to come together to share their gifts with each other and the greater community. Home to art studios, shops, and a cafe, the...

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