Kim Eichler-Messmer


West Elm Local Grant

I am so excited to have been chosen as one of 21 finalists for the West Elm Local Grant. This is a $25k small business grant, awarded to one American artist/designer/maker. I have been working on expanding my business over the past year and many of you know that part of that has been offering quite a few workshops at my studio - the Kansas City Textile Studio. I also have dreams of writing another book, publishing a line of patterns, and exhibiting my work at either Quilt Market or the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The West Elm Local Grant would allow me to hire much needed help in both the construction of quilts and all of the other parts that go along with running a quilt based business - such as photography, editing, marketing, etc.

Please take a moment to visit the West Elm website at and vote for me. You have to scroll down a bit until you see my profile. If you share that you voted on facebook, your vote will count twice.

Thank you friends!