A theme that often crops up here at Art&Co is the need to connect, with other creative folk, with other artists, with people!
Isolation can be crucial to our practice as artists and creators – as often the space created by time alone can be vital in allowing new ideas to flow, and indeed seeing them through to a finished piece.
But as with most things in life balance is key and the flipside to all that ‘alone time’ can be the act of coming together with others to talk, create, discuss and laugh…which is exactly what this past weekend was about at the Splash event hosted by Paper Runway in Byron Bay.
Billed as a weekend of workshops and creative conversations, Splash was all of that and more. When my mum and I saw the workshop pop up in both of our Instagram feeds, being held at the stunning Atlantic Guesthouse in Byron Bay, we were ready to sign up then and there! So often the teachers ourselves, we have been jumping at chances to be taught ourselves just like this.
After a short flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast and a little road trip down the coast we arrived in Byron Bay at The Atlantic, and were instantly blown away. The Atlantic has the charm of what I imagine a guesthouse in the Caribbean to have, and the relaxed effortless chic of Australian coastal style.
Our lovely and gracious host Nikki from Paper Runway greeted us herself, making sure we were comfortable and not without drink in hand.
Then we were straight into it –our first workshop was that evening with the charismatic James Gordon titled ‘Things of The Sea’ and this truly set the tone for our weekend. We laughed (probably a little too much!), we created exquisite sea creatures from beautiful French Paper and we met some amazing people – all under the guidance of James – a generous, patient and hilarious soul.
Each day was full of interactions with artisans and creative all at the top of their fields – some the teachers, others the students. On the Friday we created calligraphy with Sabine Pick, found our core colour palette with Sibella Court, and learned how to hang an ‘art cluster’ with Anoushka & Brooke from The March Collective. The Saturday saw us learn tools for living mindfully with Kate James, create a Flower Bomb with Holly Hipwell, turn some styling tricks with Jane & Lucy from Cool Edies, then the day culminated in an insta meet/blogging workshop/cocktail party with Jaclyn from the Blog Society & Jayde from Little Paper Lane.
It was jam packed…..with generous presenters, creative inspiration and real techniques we can use. But equally as important it was filled with laughter and connection with other creatives….I was delighted to meet so many wonderful women and men over the weekend who shared their stories and creative passions with us in casual conversation over pen and ink, or paper and glue.
It reminded me how important the act of connecting and collaborating with other creative people is, and that I need to get out more and do it!!
So a huge thank you to Nikki from Paper Runway for her vision and bringing together such a fantastic event – Splash was a weekend to remember.