Monday, 29 August 2011

Why collaborate?

I find my best creative ideas come when I interact with others. Creativity doesn't happen in a vacuum. It is about bouncing ideas about with your creative friends, getting inspired by something completely unrelated that you can just see will help your idea with something else. Like the colour and texture of a dying Singapore orchid - what a great fabric idea for a dress!

I'm going to give myself a big dose of creative collaboration. On Saturday I'm off for three weeks of travel through the USA, and I can't wait. While the States has created a lot of stuff (pertaining to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of my last post) the country is also stuffed full of wonderfully creative, innovative people with great ideas of how to collaborate creatively.

One place I'm really excited about going to is 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, New York. They have a big warehouse space with spots for artists and artisans to rent, great woodworking facilities and lots of courses. They also have exhibitions and provide a real hub for artsy New York folk to get together and collaborate. Another place is SCRAP in San Francisco, which sources waste materials and end products from factories and companies and sells them cheaply for reuse in creative projects. They also run courses and programs for schools.

I'll certainly blog more about my finds once I'm back. And I haven't forgotten to blog about my recent simoneandginko jewelry workshop, which was a great success! As soon as I get my photos together I will get you up to date with all my news.


(Photos are from SCRAP and 3rd Ward)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Buy this book!

What's Mine is Yours talks about this new movement of collaborative consumption. How we're sharing resources through car-sharing, swapping clothes rather than buying new ones, and staying in people's spare rooms rather than hotels. We're using the things we have rather than always generating more. We're putting our names down to get a small plot of land to grow vegetables. While being thrifty, or 'making do', has certainly been boosted by the global economic crisis (I'm sure I'm not the only one rediscovering op-shops), this movement started before the financial woes began, which means it is likely to outlast the eventual rebound in the global economy.

If you've ever heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you'll be even more motivated to share rather than generate new things!

I guarantee it's a good read, and it is a great philosophy for embracing the creative world.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Jewelry workshop

Upcycle your jewelry!

Welcome to simoneandginko, I'm Simone.

I've been creating jewelry on and off since I was a teenager. First collecting beads, wires and hooks, and then making jewelry for my friends and family. Now I've decided to share the love - I'm going to teach you how to make your own jewelry!

In this day and age, it's really important to use what we have rather than creating more and more items to fill up the world. So my jewelry workshops will help you to upcycle old necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc, to use beautiful beads you may have been given by your grandmother or great aunt, and to turn those random op-shop finds into an elegant piece of jewelry for you to wear.

The next workshop will be held on Saturday 27 August, 10:00 - 12:30pm. Please contact me if you'd like to attend. Cost is $25 including materials and morning tea.

Currently the workshops are only being offered in Canberra, however if you're interested and don't live in Canberra, send me a message and I'll see how I might be able to help. My workshops can also be tailored to parties and other events.