Whether it's food, interiors, clothing (kind of obvious that one, who'd want to freeze wearing linen when it's 10C outside?) or daily life in itself, I like to go with nature and the seasons. The same then goes for the workshops I'm holding. Each has a somewhat seasonal theme and each has its own "look" - at least as far as the fruit and props go anyway. With the last workshop in the series I'm holding with Aimee coming up mid-October (there are still 3 tickets left!), I'm feeling a tiny bit reflective and want to share this feeling and explain it. In a way, the workshops and my work in general also go a long way to explaining my absence here. This used to be my one space to be creative, the one outlet where I could "live my dream", the place for me to share my limited work or just something I created for the fun of it. Things have changed though and as more work is coming in, my creativity has been redirected more and more into that part. That doesn't mean that I don't still have the urge to play and "faff" just for myself and for this space, but time, seemingly along with my headspace, has been more restricted. Concentrating on one creative project often feels like there's no room left in my brain to "play creative".
Having said all that, and since I still want to share things here, what could be more fitting than a glimpse into some of my work, namely the workshops. Looking back at how these workshops have slowly grown, thinking about the students we've met, the awkward moments when I get my thoughts and/or words muddled, the fabulous studio space and the fun lunches we've had with everybody, I can't help but smile and think that I never thought these days would give me as much as they have. I started out thinking I wanted to share my knowledge and create a fun day of learning and playing (that kind of learning shouldn't stop once we leave kindergarden) for everybody else, whilst giving students the chance to meet new, likeminded people. What I didn't account for was how passionate I started to feel about really making sure everybody walks away happy and with some new skills. I didn't think I would bond as much as I have with some of the students and that even after one short day we'd hug before they left the studio. I have learned things myself. I have learned that whilst I'm not usually a group person, I am very happy to spend the day with people who are passionate about the same things as me. Yes, I am usually drained after the day and need a very quiet evening, but that doesn't take anything away from the enjoyment of the day.
These days also make me realise that a day spent "faffing", playing, developing an eye for flatlays and vignettes is not a waste of time, but quite the opposite: whilst it might not be up there with saving lives at high sea or developing a cure for cancer, it is something that can (re)ignite creativity, get people to bond, make worries disappear for a while and give us a chance to just be for a few hours. In short, I truly believe that a day spent like this is good for the soul. That surely isn't something to be sneered at? I know I walk away from those days feeling in equal parts elated and exhausted, but it's the overriding happiness that mostly stays with me and I hope the same holds true for the students. Anyway, enough of my ramblings, instead I'll let the images from the last two workshops speak for themselves. Two seasons, two looks... Oh, and one more thing:
If London is too far, but you're near Bristol and free on Saturday the 8th October, well, I'm holding another photography and styling workshop at The Forge! You can find out all the details and book your ticket HERE.