I never stop thinking about knitting. But today, my mind has been distracted by other crafty business. I was so fortunate to have a husband who understands my need to create and who, was at a loss for a better birthday present than a ticket to Unleash Creative in Brisbane.
I had the pleasure of being surrounded by 60- some people who rocked up ready to make, make, make. Under the tutelage of four Brisbane based artists, the day was perfectly curated to fulfil the four basic craft groups: fibre arts, paper arts, weaving and writing (calligraphy). Not to mention the food! A morning tea so pretty you didn't want to eat the perfectly painted bird biscuits nor the copper sparkled choc mini cupcakes. As this isn't a foodie blog, I'll stop there but you get the delicious picture I'm painting.
The highlites of the day for me were working with Maryann Talia Pau - a weaver and artist with amazing projects on the go. Part of the reason I wanted so bad to attend U.C was because, as you may be aware, I also teach workshops. Maryann's raffia weaving put a colourful twist on techniques that although I'm familiar with, felt bright and shiny and new. Never mind the lady herself, a joy to be in her presence. You should see what this star is working on!
As a fibre loving person, it goes without saying that I truly enjoyed the rope making workshop with Alex Flakiner of Alfalky. This is an artist who caught my eye on Instagram a while back so you can imagine my surprise when she was standing right before me sharing her art. Her appreciation and love for the delicate art is a feeling I can share easily. I brought home a couple strips of fabric to continue what I started in her workshop only to find that I had to end the project based on the fact that it became very visible to me where my supplies of coloured thread started and hers ended. We also listened to Alison speak about the idea of waiting as long as possible to finalise an idea, being sure to try different variations.
I was pleased to toy with calligraphy and paper garlands as well. I plan to do more with these crafts in the future but at the moment I am still very much focused on the fibre arts. The day flew by so fast, clearly I was having a good time! I spoke briefly to the creator of the program about her gorgeous red hair and to find out if this will be an annual event that we can look forward to again, to which the reply was "yes, yes it will!"
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