Monday, June 24, 2013

Update... Creative Collaboration Club - A little game

Well here is part 2 of the Creative Collaboration Club (as I like to call it) between myself and Anastasia & Suzanne (see below).
To briefly recap I started with this:
...and then in response to my start (the next person in the 'game' needs to take inspiration from the last piece of work shown), Anastasia followed with this
This photo shows the collage Anastasia made - before cutting it in half to make two greeting cards.
Keep an eye out in her Etsy store as I'm sure she'll soon list them for sale!
I think this cute collage card Anastasia made previously would have also worked well!

I'm so excited to see what Suzanne comes up with now.
I'll keep you posted......
Sally x

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Anastasia and Suzanne

I recently met up with a couple of my Etsy friends, Suzanne from Paper Ivy and Anastasia from Percival Road, at the Blog Society launch workshop event.

We were chatting about how hard it is to juggle all the demands of a busy life - work, kids, the housey-stuff etc and still find the time, the energy and the motivation to be creative. 
One thing led to another and before long we had cooked up a plan to play a creative relay game, which basically has NO RULES!!
You just have to create something inspired by whatever piece of work the person who goes before you presents - like that word association game- you know the one.... 
(eg if  I say 'sleep' you would probably say 'bed'?!)

Anyway, I agreed to go first! 
At first I felt pressured to come up with something, then I had too many ideas, then I got sick with Vertigo for nearly a week...

I finally decided to present a photo of a little collection of things, in a colour story of orange, black and a kind of peacock-blue. 
I hand punched the butterfly and made the tags and the layered paper flower, the rest are found things from around the house including a handmade 'Lorax' pencil my son received as a party favour!
The Instagram filter I used in the second photo alters the colours quite a bit, but I figured that gives the person who follows me more scope. Of course they don't have to go with the colour palette, they may pick out just one small element from the juxtaposed items. 
(As you may have guessed I cannot remember who is going next!). We'll soon find out...

I can't wait to see what Suzanne and Anastasia do when it's each of their turns.
They both have blogs too, Paper Ivy  and Anastasia Drawing and Dreaming, where I am sure they will both post their creations.

Feel free to play along if you like - if you want to send me a photo of something you've made,  I'll be happy to share it.

Take care,
Sally x0x

VIVID and The Blog Society Launch

I recently attended a great creative networking event, as part of the VIVID festival in Sydney.
photo and quote from
Each year Sydney is "transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 24 May – 10 June".

Some of my photos from Vivid, the bottom one shows a painting
by Australian artist Ken Done
 As well as the lights, Vivid also hosts exhibitions events and is all about creativity and inspiration. Vivid Ideas Exchange features public talks and workshops from leading local and global creative thinkers. 

One of the Vivid Ideas events was the launch of The Blog Society with it's workshop in 'Creative Digital Storytelling'. {Basically a sharing blogging tips}.

The Blog Society is a forum where creativity and blogging meet, celebrating collaboration, connection and inspiration through different events and gatherings. It is the brainchild of the lovely Jaclyn Carson of Little Paper Trees.

The workshop was held at The MCA (see photo below), it was styled in a really funky way and was

warm, friendly, fun and informative! We heard the blogging stories of Viv from Ish and Chi and Jen from Interiors Addict (both of whom I also heard speak at the recent Voices of 2013 event).
We got to try our hand at styling, see a couple of my attempts above! 

'Triangles' Cushion from White Horse Home
(photos by me, with my i-phone, unless otherwise stated)
I got to catch up with old boggy friends such as Amanda, Anastasia & Suzanne and to meet new ones. I had a lovely chat to the gorgeous photographer Emma Scammelabout 'telling a story' with your photos.
The icing on the cake was the amazing goody bag we got to take home, which included Gorman socks and Dandi wooden spoons, (see last photo above).
Me, writing a message for the Blog Manifesto board
 (photo taken by Anastasia Christou)

I do find these events a little nerve-wracking, but I have made myself a promise to get out there and throw myself into the creative circle in Sydney as much as I can. I intend to take every opportunity to network with fellow creative peeps. It feeds my soul, builds my confidence and who knows what opportunities it may lead to!

On that note, 'll leave you with a quote from Jaclyn

"Push through your fear, you never know what good 
things may lie ahead..."

Take care,

Sally x0x