UNLEASH CREATIVE WORKSHOP
One of the many perks of being part of The Brisbane Collective Team is finding out about other creative endeavors around town.
Last weekend TBC was lucky enough to be invited to Unleash Creative Brisbane, a day long D.I.Y workshop hosted by Magdalena Franco, the Head Honcho of the Unleash Creative venture and led by 4 extremely talented and accomplished artists. I went along for the day to get my craft on and learn some new skills.
The event was held at the Gardens Club in the Botanical Gardens, which set the scene for an amazing day. After a bit of milling around and coffee and tea we were split into 4 smaller groups and the crafting began.
First up the amazing Maryann Talia Pau taught us the art of weaving and blanket-stitching with raffia. 90 minutes, lots of coffee and much chatting later, I have what could loosely be interpreted as a tiny basket but I am excited to go home and practice my newfound skill. Check out Maryann's work as well as her '1 million stars to end violence' campaign on her website.
The only thing to drag us away from our crafting for the day was the amazing foods on offer between every class. Morning tea was a banquet of cupcakes, cookies and macaroons
The next skill we learned was rope making with Alex Falkiner of Alfalky who can do just about anything with a scrap of fabric. Alex taught us a way of twisting fabric scraps together to make lengths of rope and showed us just a few of the things we could make with our new rope. This is a particularly useful skill for me given my other skill of hoarding scraps of fabric, and I know I will definitely be using this technique soon. See what Alex does here.
After lunch (gourmet chicken/vegetarian wraps if your interested) and moving from coffee to lavender tea (fancy) our next class was led by calligrapher Louise Mulhall of Floralovely. Louise taught us about using the pen and the basic techniques and encouraged everyone to use our own styles to create something lovely. Bonus, we got to keep the pen and inkpot and our creations were wrapped up in a little package for us to take home. Extra bonus, the inkpot didn't even leak in my handbag. See what Louise creates here.
After our final snack time we got into garland making with the lovely Kara of Lulu Lucky who taught us how to make paper pom poms (that I have already recreated at home with scrap fabric). Kara's enthusiasm was catching and some amazing garlands were created. By the end of the day the table of strangers were chatting away and swapping Instagram accounts and laughing at our failures. See the other amazing things Kara does with paper on her Instagram.
Unleash Creative's combination of great people, talented teachers (and i can't forget the food and coffee) made for a unique, enjoyable and very successful day. I look forward to seeing what Unleash Creative have in store for their next workshop in Melbourne this weekend via their Instagram.
P.S. - I have to mention the amazing goodie bag full of craft supplies, stationary, candles, jam plus the limited edition issue of TBC Magazine "Prints Not Dead", Seriously, can you ever have too much wash tape!!
REVIEWED BY SUSAN SHAMBROOK FOR THE BRISBANE COLLECTIVE