gather :: create – creative workshops for getting lost and found

It has been far too long since my last entry, but I am here to share something exciting.

I want to tell you about a beautiful and really special new ’thing‘ I’ve been working on. And finally launched. It’s full of heart and creative making and connections and joy and play and lots of colour, and maybe some mistake making too. Just the way I like my days I think!
 
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gather :: create is the collaboration of myself and my sister Ellie. It’s the start of events and workshops that are a little different than the usual. It’s about immersing yourself into the process, of learning new skills, of learning new ways to rework old-known skills, and also – very important for me – of not needing to worry about the outcome.
 
For our first event we are hosting two very inspiring visual artists, both who work a similar way, yet their different styles and personalities bring completely different viewpoint to their work. By similar I mean, they both have a relaxed and play-based approach to their work, their are willing to let go and see where talking with their materials takes them, they are ok with mistake making, with learning on the journey, with sometimes being wrong and learning something new about themselves and their practice. 
 
Different approaches? Well, you only have to look at their work to see that while process and journey
making is vital to both of them, they are absolutely on different journeys. 
 
Unfurl :: small scale conversations with textiles by Alex Falkiner
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Poetic Collage :: where words, paper and pictures collide by Karina Jean Sharpe
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The day will be two workshops, one with each of these talented and fascinating creatives, as well as a long lunch, endless cups of tea (nibbles for morning and afternoon tea – cake!!), a goodie bag and SO much more. It’s to be held in the beautiful ceramic studio of Pinky & Maurice in South Golden Beach, Northern NSW. 
 
We’ll be back soon with more info about the whole day, with details about each workshop, who is making our delicious food and lots more. For now, please do check out the bookings site for some extra info and our facebook page. Spaces are very limited for this event, as we want to have connections made between the participants, rather than a giant party! 
 
images used with thanks from:
top left – Ellie, top right – me, middle: Alex, bottom: Karina
these are all links to our Instagram feed. Go have a look at the pretty over there!
:: blog post by Ellie and reposted with her permission }
much love to you all xxx 
 
 

happy christmas

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it has been a long time since my last post, too long, but i haven’t forgotten about you all. you know who you are. those of you who have seen me through some of my most special moments and also been with me when i was at my lowest. i am so glad to have you in my life…

i want to wish you a beautiful, wonder-filled christmas filled with love and laughter, and hopefully more moments doing what you love.

 

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sending you love xxx

celebrating

 

one of my best friends is due to have her first baby in 3 weeks. yesterday we travelled to her home for her ‘mama & baby blessing day’. it was a gorgeous day filled with 4 generations of women.

i feel truly honoured to be asked to be this baby’s godmother; and miss s was asked to be ‘godsister’. adorned with her crown of australian natives, created to celebrate her new title and responsibility, miss s is totally ready to rock as godsister to this new little one.

we are eagerly awaiting his/her arrival.

 

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much love to you all 

xxx

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{ a belated thank you august }

 

august is one of my favourite (and also one of my most emotional) months. miss s and i share a birthday. it is always so awesome seeing her joy and excitement build. then a few weeks after that is my mama’s birthday. for me the month oscillates between joy; and sadness and longing….

but here we are on the other side of august. heart a little aching. but ok, and positive.

blossoms mornings with the chooks mud trail_pinkyandmaurice feathers and ponchos blossom antlers

 

spring is in full swing… my boy is home for the holidays…. and i am full of inspiration…

much love, 

leah xxx

moments from my week: adventures at southwall

 

dearest friends… your kindness and friendship touches my heart every day… fills me with joy. i feel so supported and loved. thankyou

 

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dolphin spotting

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:: watching dolphins and collecting flowers on the break wall

:: southwall is my favourite spot to be in the afternoons at the moment

:: if you look closely you can see the dolphins fin in the water

:: sunset silhouettes; miss s and her bear

much love xxx

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