Sunday, 15 September 2013

Hands On / Words Off at Survive & Thrive

On friday I had the privilege to host a hands on workshop for the first two sessions of the Survive & Thrive smart thinking event for creatives. The main theme for the event was It's the future already! all ready? With my conscious crafting, re-think re-make workshop, I wanted to inspire thoughts & conversations about an exciting way forward to the future - via vintage, history & the past, utilising the resources we currently have here with us on the earth. The idea for the space was to collage pictures from the past to create postcards for future fortunes.
Now, to be honest, I thought people would be coming to the conference to head straight into lecture theatres & listen. I really didn't think I would have such the crowd surrounding my table, merrily chatting & crafting at 10am! Wowee I was blown away with the enthusiasm and love for getting hands on with making, we even had to rally in more chairs! & I've been stoked with the positive feedback: "I love to do this, but never make time for it, thank you"..."This was so unexpected and the highlight of my day"
I was even more blown away with the amazing creativity coming out on to the postcards. I was so inspired by such eclectic mash ups of bits n caboodle's. Maps, geometic knitting patterns, vintage tips & hints, solarsystems, stamping, drawing, sewing & good ol fashioned crayolla crayons to boot. I felt really blessed to sit around the large round table with such awesome curling creative minds. It was a colourful mess of real art!
Special Special thanks to the Arts Regional Trustthebigidea who put on Survive & Thrive, and to all the great volunteers especially the wonderful Julia at my table who was an amazing help. Also Elise my sidekick who was such a helpful sweetheart who even brought me a lunch box! Check out her cute postcard here already winging its way overseas no doubt. See more about Survive & Thrive HERE and check out the tweets & instys via #survivethrive.

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