I'm pretty excited today to share an excellent event with you - one that I'll be co-hosting in September with my utterly talented friend Ellie Beck of Petalplum IG and Blog fame. And it's even more special because this workshop called Happy Chance : A Creative Gathering will be held right here on my Northern NSW property, in and around my personal studio.
If you're anything like me, if I get a chance to peek inside someones studio I'm totally there (cause I'm essentially a curious snooper) and because nothing excites me more than getting an insight into the creative workings of another artist's mind and their uniquely "them" processes. It's where the little idiosyncratic behaviours and rituals of a persons practice resides - and I find it completely fascinating. So yes, the studio door will be flung wide open for this weekend event
Ellie and I spent a day recently, testing, talking and experimenting with ideas for this workshop. We had such a stimulating and inspiring day - but that's nothing new, it's pretty much what happens when we're hanging out. We talk ALOT, we disagree, we agree, we conspire, we dream, it's always pretty nourishing for the soul and for our creative lives. It was a whole (child-free!) day of experimentation and play, and more importantly, a chance to dive into lengthy conversations over tea about all of the things in our creative practices that bind us, that compromise us, that limit us. I'm not sure I've ever read an article or heard an interview of an artist who doesn't speak about self-doubt, fear, feeling fraudulent or having moments of vulnerability and despair. Many talk about these experiences as the "nature of the creative beast", sometimes an absolutely essential part of creating. It's a very real part of their lives as artists or makers. There is joy too - don't forget about the JOY! But Ellie and I decided that we'd like to create an event that just gave everyone permission to let go. So it's more about process rather than the outcome (but the outcomes of this workshop will still be pretty great!). We wanted to host a gathering that challenged the preconceived ideas that people drag around about their own creativity or lack of it! These pesky beliefs tend to settle in the brain over time, they gather strength while they gather dust. So we cooked up an idea for a weekend event that would allow and encourage a bit of failure, a stack of fun, a series of rejuvenating projects, a menu of soul food and the crafting of beauty - wonderful, experimental beauty. I'm also a big fan of disrupting things, especially paper and fabric, so we loved the idea of willing the work into action by what ever means possible, be it destruction or surprise collaborations or using materials that came with limitations i.e you have to use what you can find, what is at hand - it's a limitation and limitations can be delightfully freeing!
So below you'll get a little visual peek into our studio day and my little property in the hills, and if you're after some more info about precisely what we'll be doing over the two days, how much it costs, when & where it's held etc etc, be sure to visit the description and the details right here.