Well - what a weekend.
It's Queen Birthday weekend and I've been attending and speaking at the Handmade Conference in Wellington. What a creative and inspirational bunch of people you are!
I was asked back for the second year to take a Masterclass on Interior Design with an strong focus on the Handmade side to designing. I said yes immediately. Any chance I can share my love of colour and design will always get my vote.
Last year I took a more general approach to Interior design with lots of theory on the handmade side. This year I decided to change it up and dedicate half the talk to designing for your home and the other half demonstrating DIY projects you can make for your home - 12 no less!
|My DIY doormats|
I was really happy with the talk and it was made all the better by having such an enthusiastic audience. I was blown away the large amount of you who came up to say hi (love that) and those who contacted me via email. A memorable moment was a lady who came up to me at the Meet the Maker event and told me that I was not her style at all and that I designed with too much 'stuff' and colours were not her at all, BUT she managed to take one or two good points away.... PHEW!
The audience was filled with new faces but also had a few familiar ones which was lovely. I got to meet Amanda Holland, who had lent me some amazing and colourful props for my 'virtual room'. She is a bit of a design icon for me, she has been a long time advocate for colour and great design with her stunning shop - Small Acorns. An institution for design brands Designers Guild, Orla Kiely, Rachel Castle and many more. It was a little daunting having such a design doyenne seated in front of you! Thank you Amanda for lending me your goodies and for the fantastic feedback.
|Rachel Castle products - all available at Small Acorns Store|
Also in the crowd were some local Wellington designers - Meg McMillian from Teapea and Jane Denton from Jane Denton Textile + Art Design. It's always lovely to spend time and talk 'design' with these clever cookies. I got to spend some extra time with Meg and I was very excited to hear about some new and exciting projects she will be involved in the near future.
|Speedy Meg in her beautiful store - Teapea. Online also|
|One of Jane Denton's Artworks|
Meg and I also managed to squeeze in a spot of shopping between lectures and we both fell in love with a faux tiger skin rug from Cosmic in Cube St Mall. $65 bucks my friends! Bargain. I will take a photo of it in situ - I'm thinking Jungle Room of course. They also had life size Tiger heads, which again was purchased and will be added to the existing collection. More is more, remember.
I also got to be part of the Handmade Hurrah, which is when they make up a panel of 4 speakers to shoot the breeze in front of a Handmade attendees crowd. I did it last year and it was super fun - this year was even better. The speakers this year included my old panel partner Ruth Pretty (Rock-star Chef), as well as Rosemary McLeod (Literary legend) and Sally-Ann Moffat (Fashionista). It was a good mixture of tips, humour and general chit-chat. I loved that the audience got to interact with us too with multiple amounts of subject matter, which included Feature Walls, Leggings, Pussy Bows, Night school and eyebrows! There was even an impromptu lesson in posing for a camera. Oh yes - it was all going on!
This year I also got to attend a few of the Masterclasses and hear the other speaker impart a wealth of knowledge and experience. Favourites included Tamsin Cooper (what a wee gem she is) and Rosemary McLeod. Next year I hope to attend a few of the workshops as well - the number of classes you can take are mind-blowing and getting to meet and speak with some of the teachers was very inspirational.
Jane Wrigglesworth - Multi talented editor, writer, gardener and crafter
Fiona Frew - Handmade Paper Flowers
Sarah Wirth - Art and textiles teacher, Screen Printer, Kimono maker
Lucy Arnold - Owner of Felt
Melissa Wastney - Writer of the Tiny Happy Blog and crafter
Mandi Lynn - Photographer
Heleen Webb - Crafter and owner of Ruby in the Dust
|Marimekko Fabric - SIIRTOLAPUUTARHA|
Also some references from my talk that people have been asking about:
Marimekko Fabric online - Textile Arts
Urban Outfitters - Rugs
Fenton and Fenton - Rugs
Armadilo & Co - Rugs
If any one needs clarification on anything I spoke about please get in touch!
|Beci Orpin's Confetti Wall|
I wanted to say a huge thank you to the busy bee's from the Avenues Event Team - what an amazing, well organised and extremely informative weekend. I do hope I will be there next year to see it grow even more that it did this year. See you all then...