I’m going to try to keep the superlatives in check with this post, but please forgive me if a few (too many) slip through. Last week, in collaboration with photographer Luisa Brimble, stylist Stephanie Stamatis and my amazing Mum artist Annie Herron, we hosted first Local is Lovely workshop.
The venue was our family home, Kimbri. And at this point I want to say thank you times a million to Mum and Dad for allowing us access to such a wonderful place. This is where Mum hosts her regular residential art classes and her woodshed studio morphed perfectly into a makeshift photography studio!
Over two days our 16 students learnt everything from photography basics to practical styling and shooting to photo editing. We did some floristry, we visited a local farm and learnt about shooting on location, we painted with watercolours, we pickled, we rolled pasta, we ate together and we talked, and talked. And talked.
Some of us shared rooms and as I wandered around well after dinner that night, turning lights off and bedding down the house, there were pockets everywhere of chattering and muffled laughter. It was like one-big creative slumber party. Everyone contributed and everyone I hope, took away loads of inspiration, knowledge and content.
I have so many words and photos to share from this workshop and will be sharing all we did on day two tomorrow. For now, here is a little visual record of the first day of our workshop. My apologies if some of my pics are less than perfect, I was racing around a bit between the kitchen and studio, and so excited…there may have been the odd incident of ‘camera-shake’.
Zucchini and lemon gallette
Straight after lunch we were treated to the most gorgeous floristry demonstration by Amelia of the Flower Era. Amelia gave us some great ideas for putting together foraged bouquets and arrangements for styled shoots and/or our kitchen table. She used flowers from Mum’s garden and also a bunch of beautiful peonies from Sarah at our local peony farm, Summer Hill.