Amongst the little leaves

thesummertable-1 thesummertable-7 thesummertable-5 thesummertable-4 thesummertable-9thesummertable-11thesummertable-8thesummertable-15thesummertable-1-2thesummertable-17It was amongst the little leaves of Little Leaf Co that we sipped and supped the night away at the inaugural seasonal dinner presented by The Creatives. Styled by Stacey Clark and featuring the ever disarmingly beautiful work of the likes of Fox & Rabbit and The Articulate, this evening was beyond special as it was also attended by three people who have been incredibly influential in the international creative space – like the biggest cherry-on-top you could ever hope for. Drawn by the concurrent Perth Writers’ Festival and by their good friend, Stacey, the dinner’s guests of honour were Katie Searle-Williams and Georgia Frances King, co-founder and current editor of Kinfolk respectively, and Luisa Brimble, virtuousic photographer and creative director of Alphabet Family Journal.

Once again a triumph of the heart and, of course, to behold. As long as these go on, we’ll continue to meet, connect and collaborate with the kindred spirits that get drawn to these small dinners.

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An afternoon with Michelle Lau

bloggingworkshop-2 bloggingworkshop-13 bloggingworkshop-1bloggingworkshop-7 bloggingworkshop-8bloggingworkshop-6bloggingworkshop-1-4 bloggingworkshop-3 bloggingworkshop-4 bloggingworkshop-11Blogging is a truly rewarding creative experience that often draws on both imagery and text to draw in readers, and can reach and be read by people all over the world. It is unique in that it is an outlet for personal expression and blog topics can range from food to fashion to politics to religion to deeply personal stories, there are few limits. As you can tell, we really dig it.

Last Saturday, Perth-based blogging maven, Michelle Lau, ran a small-group workshop during which she shared her experience and expertise in The Art of Blogging. Michelle hails from much-loved lifestyle blog, A Minute Away From Snowing. She also has the coveted job of blogging for vogue.com.au and is the social media curator for The King Street Precinct. In terms of mastery of the blogosphere and social media clout, I’m pretty sure Michelle’s your gal.

The workshop was held in the uber-hip uber-delicious Raw Kitchen in Fremantle and was organised by none other than the dynamic stylist, Stacey Clark, as part of The Creatives initiative which she is spearheading. The Creatives is a network for people in the creative industry in Perth and so far a number of wildly successful workshops such as hand lettering and leatherwork have been run in various roaming locations around the city. There is promise of seasonal dinners as well, and I personally can’t wait for these!

We had the honour and pleasure of attending as the day’s photographers and to take portraits of the workshop’s participants for use on their own blogs! Everyone was so willing and brought their own personalities to the shoot, it was such an enjoyable experience for the two of us. We’ve not had many chances to take portraits of people other than ourselves and having the chance to play with different lighting, different backdrops and different faces was a true pleasure.

To find out more about Michelle’s upcoming workshops and for other workshop inquiries by The Creatives go here or contact Stacey at stacey@staceyclarkstylist.com.

Handlettering with The Articulate

thearticulate-workshop-1 thearticulate-workshop-2 thearticulate-workshop-3thearticulate-workshop-4 thearticulate-workshop-5 thearticulate-workshop-6 thearticulate-workshop-7 thearticulate-workshop-8 thearticulate-workshop-9 thearticulate-workshop-10 thearticulate-workshop-11 thearticulate-workshop-12 thearticulate-workshop-15 thearticulate-workshop-16This weekend concluded the completely sold out hand lettering workshops run by Anastasia from The Articulate! The past three workshops have been the inaugural events for an initiative formed by Stacey Clark aptly named The Creatives. During these afternoons of fun, Anastasia shared with us what inspires her and a few tricks of the trade along with the technicalities of lettering to get us started. It was clear from the outset how passionate Anastasia is about her craft and we listened with ears pricked, hoping some of her talent and experience would rub off on ourselves. Attendees ranged from complete novices to a couple of quite accomplished letterers! (See the last photo to see what I mean! Like whaaaat…)

The workshops were held in the new kid on the Leederville Block, Bill’s Bar and Bites, which is so remarkably and ruthlessly stripped back that I could barely remember that the Leederville Hotel used to stand within the same walls. Bare brick walls and warm wooden surfaces played well besides Stacey’s ever impeccable styling.

Everyone came away with an educational and valuable experience, from meeting like-minded people with a love of creativity to getting rusty and unsure fingers a little more limber and confident at forming beautifully shaped letters. Anastasia’s workshops have wrapped up with The Creatives for now but you can still snap up tickets for her next class for The Skillsmithery on the Studio Bomba website. The price includes equipment, drinks and nibbles, and a damn good time. If you’re a lover of hand lettering, calligraphy, typography or you’d like to increase the productivity of your telephone-conversation-doodling, this is the class for you.

Feel like flexing a different set of creative muscles? Next on The Creatives’ calendar is a super cool class on crafting your very own hand-bound leather notebook with Alena Warm.

Kinfolk Gathering – L’Esprit De La Mer

kinfolk-l'esprit-de-la-mer-1 kinfolk-l'esprit-de-la-mer-2 kinfolk-l'esprit-de-la-mer-3 kinfolk-l'esprit-de-la-mer-4 kinfolk-l'esprit-de-la-mer-5Put plain and simply, Saturday night’s Kinfolk gathering was holistically perfect. Not a single piece was out of place, all expertly and lovingly orchestrated by the inimitably talented Stacey Clark. Hosted in Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle, the food and wine and conversation flowed freely and effortlessly. What an amazing night – a room full of inspiringly creative people, all so happy to be together, many for the first time. The joy and optimism was tangible.

This is a sign of great and wonderful things to come in Perth and wider Australia.

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A massive high five to all who contributed. What an extraordinary bunch of people you are.

To Stacey. You encourage us with your talent and tenacity and make us all want to push our creative boundaries.

Stacey Clark Stylist

Laura Moseley

MAYDE

Kidogo Arthouse

Kent Street Deli

Custard & Co

Still Love

Poach Pear

Micrology Coffee Roasters

Oriss Films

Bread In Common

Eucalypt Homewares

Fox and Rabbit

Chicho Gelato

Lush

Type Hype

Eagle Bay Brewing Co and Vineyard

Bahen & Co

The Articulate

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