Make it, or make it happen
When the invite to attend the inaugural Soul Safari hit my inbox I decided to #makeithappen. I was not going to miss the opportunity to meet and engage with my style heros.
The dates coincided with a milestone birthday so I combined Sydney shopping, Vivid, Soul Safari and a mother daughter holiday into one whirlwind trip. The decision to go was made all the more easier by the fact it was being held at my all-time favourite Sydney style destination - The School.
On the wettest day of winter my mum and I arrived at The School ready to be wowed, and we were.
First up, the instigator herself - Creative Director, Vanessa Holden. Vanessa is vivacious. Her enthusiasm propelled us through the day. (I really wanted to steal her outfit).
OUTAKES : #makeitbiggerthanyourselves #keepshowingup #findyourcreativetribe
Second up, we were promised "A candid, colourful look back, and forward, with one of Australia’s brightest creative heroes". Ken Done was just that, a bright creative. His smooth voice and sense of humour made it even easier to listen to his creative history.
OUTAKES: #biggerbrushes #workfaster
Next we had an emotional presentation from trailblazer Sasha Titchkosky – co-founder of product design and retailers, Koskela. Sasha is living, breathing, evidence that design CAN be used to effect social (and personal) change.
OUTAKES: #followyourheart #trustyourjudgement #doitwithjoy
Quick lunch break...
After lunch we were treated to an hour with my all time style-hero, Sibella Court of The Society Inc. Sibella is a pocket rocket of energy. Her view on fossicking and collecting is that we are just the 'safe keepers for a period of time'.
OUTAKES: #researchresearchresearch #callingyourself astylistgivesfreedomtoturnyourhandtomanythings
Craft, commerce and the business of making was the next topic, fronted by three different talents –Author and commentator Karen McCartney, designer Khai Liew and Sarah O’Neill, of Small Spaces gallery.
OUTAKES: Khai Liew was the epitome of his design philosophy #humility #domesticity #spirituality
OUTAKES: Karen McCartney observantly remarked "sometimes it's the second or third person who discovers the new talent that makes the money"
By afternoon tea we needed a shot in the arm, and we go it, with three ladies from The Nest Creative Space – Melissa, Bettina and Claire. They prooved that collaboration really does push creativity to the next level.
The next conversation was between extreme knitter Jacqui Fink – founder of Little Dandelion – and Stylist/teacher Megan Morton – founder of The School. These ladies were so cute together. Big fans of each other and both special souls who love to teach and give.
OUTAKES: Megan #astylistisapositiveopportunist #justshowup
OUTAKES: Jacqui's was a life lesson. A reminder to say goodbye to special people when you're in a good and safe place, don't wait till its too late.
We finished the day with a quick chat to illustrator and all round amazeballs artist Beci Orpin - creator of the Soul Safari graphics.
OUTAKE: I would be happy if I could create half as much as Beci has!