UNLEASH CREATIVE

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Lately things have been a bit quiet on the DIY front for me. Since launching Showroom I haven't found the time to revel in my usual creative pursuits and I've been missing those quiet afternoons spent in the garden studio photographing my projects for you as they come together step by step.

Then - just when I needed it most - an email from Mags at Unleash Creative landed in my inbox inviting me to guest blog at their upcoming Brisbane event. And quicker than you can say "Saturday Showroom shift swap" I was in.

Held over a whole day, Unleash Creative is a colourful event full to the brim with absorbing new skills in an intimate workshop environment. Each attendee gets to experience four workshops led by awesome and accomplished crafty mentors who're out to inspire, pass on their skills and give attendees a taste of something they may not have tried before.

Fuelled by the incredibly beautiful buffets put on by Velvetier, my day of creative taste testing included string making with Alex Falkiner, calligraphy with Louise from Floral Lovely, tissue garland making with Kara from Lulu Lucky, and weaving with Maryann Talia Pau.

The mentors all had a real passion for sharing their mediums in an accessible way that helped each member of our group find their own creative groove. So while calligraphy may not be where my natural talent lies (basket weaving's my craft!) I had a far better result than I'd anticipated, and I'm determined to keep practicing with my nib and ink pot at home.

It was energising and fun making all that cool stuff. And yet there was a clear consensus that cool stuff was only a small part of what we all took from the day.

Most of us were drawn into Unleash Creative's world by the promise of making connections and busting out some kind of rut. On that level craft really did prove itself a worthy tonic. The event's founder Magdalena puts her finger on it best:

“Craft and creativity are powerful tools to relieve the stresses and pressures of the otherwise hectic lives which most of us lead. It allows us to disconnect and unplug from external noise, relax and use a different part of our brains. It’s a simple therapeutic tool that anyone can employ to enrich their life.”

Mags is planning more events for Melbourne, Sydney, and (fingers crossed!) Brisbane later in 2014, so to keep up with the latest dates, hop on to Unleash Creative's newsletter list and be sure to follow along on instagram.

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