Last weekend Unleash Creative rolled into the sunshine state, and didn’t we put on a crackin’ weekend for them. It’s hard to believe Winter officially starts in less than a week.
Run by the mastermind behind The Craft Revival, Magdalena Franco, Unleash Creative promised to bring out your inner child, encourage you to learn some new skills whilst getting your hands dirty in a fun and creative kinda way and meet a bunch of rad people whilst doing it. And they delivered.
On arrival we all selected our own coloured name badge without thinking too much about it. I’m pretty sure most people picked their favourite colour. I picked yellow to match my earrings – serious decisions right there people. We then got our first surprise of the day. The colour of your name badge indicated what group you would be a part of for the rest of the day. Initially you could see a look of terror flicker across the faces of some people when they realised they were not going to be with their bestie. That lasted for the whole of 30 seconds, with everyone quickly getting down to business (the crafting kind) and getting to know one other. The whole point of this exercise was to meet some new people and we did just that. I’m sure by the end of the day there were lots of new friendships formed – so thanks for that little push Mags!!
This is Mary Ann – a practicing weaver, artist and designer and on-board with Unleash Creative to teach us a little bit of Pasifika weaving magic. Once we were taught the basics of weaving we realised it’s a relatively simple process that can yield amazing results. We didn’t want to stop. She’s definitely infected us with her weaving bug! Think you might like to try your hand at weaving? Jump onto Mary Ann’s website for future workshop dates, or get involved with The Million Stars Project – weaving communities of courage to end violence.
Next up, the ever so lovely Kara from Lulu Lucky had the group working wonders on tissue paper to make cute tassel garlands or wall hangings (whichever took your fancy). Look at all those glorious tissue paper colours! Kara’s material of choice for crafting is paper. If this is also your thing, we suggest you follow her on Instagram to stay in the loop about upcoming workshops and for lots of other lovely inspiration. Have you seen her paper chandeliers?! They’re magical.
Not long after, we took a seat at the crafting station that belonged to Alex Falkiner of Alfalky. At each setting we were allocated a bunch of rough fabric strips about 1 inch wide. Yes, the colours were pretty but other than that, they didn’t look like much. One could easily mistake the fabric strips for rubbish. Enter Alex – the queen of re-purposing scraps and offcuts into glorious everyday objects such as homewares and jewellery. Before I knew it I was half way through creating my own woven coaster. This woman is a genius.
Last up we had calligraphy and I must admit I was more than a little apprehensive about the calligraphy workshop. It looks so intimidating with all those perfect little flourishes and carefully crafted lines, but I was in good hands. This session was taught by the super lovely Louise of Floralovely who told us all to relax and showed us how to master that odd-looking pen and create beautiful calligraphy with our own twist. My handwriting in particular is inconsistent at best, and I definitely don’t practice cursive anymore. The outcome – either it’s not as hard as it looks or we had a really great teacher. I think it’s a bit of both.
There is no denying that the food was also a highlight for us. The ladies at Velvetier sure know how to put on a spread. Some of the culinary delights included fruity meringues, the most amazing hand painted gingerbread cookies, chocolate marshmallows and macarons that looked like mini burgers. And this was just morning tea! There was definitely no going-hungry at this event and fortunately this crafting business definitely works up an appetite.
Full credit to Magdalena (and her little army of helpers behind the scenes) just for getting that amount of talent under one roof, let alone running an event that ran like clockwork. Anyone who didn’t know any better would think this event had been rolled out ten times before.
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