About AKS

The mission of the American Kumihimo Society (AKS) is to deepen the appreciation of the art of braiding and encourage creativity by providing educational resources, support and connections for the braiding community worldwide.

We provide educational opportunities for braid artists of all skill levels that includes:

  • AKS Online Learning Center – A series of pre-recorded classes and tutorials.
  • AKS Gatherings – In-person and virtual braiding conferences with classes taught by internationally renown instructors and experts.
  • Gathering Threads – The annual journal of the American Kumihimo Society mailed free to our members.
  • Juried virtual exhibitions and contests

The American Kumihimo Society (AKS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in January of 2016 incorporated in the state of Florida.

  • President: Giovanna Imperia
  • Vice President: Cherie MacArthur
  • Secretary: Beth Hardy
  • Treasurer: Margaret Hunter
  • Board Member: Phyllis Straus
  • Board Member: Tina Kelsey
  • Board Member: Randy Spicocchi
  • Board Member: Melodie Owen Eyster

Contact a Board Member via admin@amksoc.org. Board members serve two year terms on a rotating basis.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email giovannaimperia@mac.com. Tell us about yourself, how you can contribute to AKS and what particular areas of the organization you would like to help with.

Mailing Address:

American Kumihimo Society
P O Box 7435
Saint Petersburg, FL 33734

AKS organizational documents are available to paying members upon request.

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