The Alchemy of Assemblage Workshop 2016

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 27, I hosted my first workshop at the beautiful warehouse of Elements I Love, here in Sydney. After enjoying a few sips of champagne and a chat in the boutique, we lead fifteen wonderful women down the hall, past the antique rocking horse, French cabinets and dress mannequin to draw back the velvet curtain of owner Brooke and Tim's restoration workshop filled with wooden work benches and shelves overflowing with hammers, nails, sandpaper & beeswax. It was so special to be invited to host the event in the workshop itself, it felt like we'd been transported to an alchemist's secret lair. It was a creatively spirited afternoon of learning the alchemy of assemblage while drinking champagne and nibbling on Simmone Logue baked goods and French bread & cheeses. Everyone was eager to get started on their assemblage, it was wonderful to see...

With feathers, strips of vintage textiles, dried ferns leaves, painted sticks, old newspapers, and antique French lace along with the most gorgeous strings from String Harvest and hand dyed silk ribbons from Tinctifolia, everyone gathered the pieces that resonated with them and were soon assembling...

The two hours flew by, and before I knew it, everyone had created something so unique while learning about creative direction and assemblage from me and some woodworking tips from Brooke. It was a lot of fun...

At the end, while I was helping to wrap an assemblage in cloth for transportation, a rainbow of light from a tiny window high up fell on the table beside me, it was a beautiful sign of the magic that was made...

Brooke has written a great wrap up post on her journal, with lots more photos, check it out here

Many thanks to Brooke, Tim, Sarah and the whole team at Elements I Love, my dear friends Kaspia, Louise & Jo, and Zoë from Tinctifolia for supplying the gorgeous ribbon samples, and Cassie from String Harvest for supplying the incredible strings and yarn, Simmone Logue for the food and of course to all the beautiful souls who joined us. 

 

I will be hosting more Alchemy of Assemblage workshops in 2017, announcing the dates and locations in January. In the meantime if you'd like to express your interest in attending, please email me. 

With Love, 

Pia xx

A letter from me to you, each month...

...beach combing with my Love. 

...beach combing with my Love. 

I've just sent out my first introductory Everyday Alchemy newsletter. With some personal stories woven through, it's about easing into our creative flow...

"easing into the flow of my own energy", my mantra for this October. 

"easing into the flow of my own energy", my mantra for this October. 

The only way you can read it and get access to the information I'll be sharing in it is to sign up. So if you haven't signed up yet and would like to receive this first newsletter, you still can, just type in your email address below:

In more wonderful news I have a half price sale for My Heart Wanders, and if you sign up for the newsletter you receive a further $5 to make it just $25. I only have a limited number of copies, so the sale is on for just one month only while stocks last. It's the perfect time to buy the book for friends for Christmas. Shipping is available all over the world. And if you'd like more than 5 copies and live in Sydney, let me know. 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

With love, 

 

Pia xx

dance through life...

seven days. seven journal posts. a simply journey I embarked on this past week with a fellow artist to get us unstuck & out of our need to control and perfect our out flow. I loved it. 

Resistance...

Saturday
October 1, 2016
9:34am

Laly & Romain have gone to Orange Grove Markets, I slept in until just after 8am, maybe 8:30am. It felt good. Healing. I understand now that that time in the morning for sleep is really important for healing. It was the first time in a week that I had been able to sleep after 6am.

Resistance. I woke thinking about it, understanding it at a cellular level, like it finally - maybe another layer - went into the body, my body. That being sick with this flu, how much energy goes into resisting it, fearing it. That it's not the symptoms that are taking the energy but my resistance to the symptoms, my fighting against the symptoms, because I fear it means more than a flu. And how resistant I am, and in fear of so many everyday things. This wind, for example, for the past two days, rattling the windows. Fear. Why? Wind is wind: I fear it is more than it is. I fear it will create damage. I fear its strength and force when I need to walk out in it. Because I'm not allowing it to be. I'm stiff, fighting against it instead of going with the flow. Wind is not controllable. So why resist it? Wind is not good or bad. It's wind. Like sun. Sun is not good or bad. It's sun. When it's so hot and burning, we say it's bad. When it's gentle and low, we think it's good. But it's neither, it's sun. So much energy invested in the concept - the illusion - of good and bad. So much. 

And food: so much resistance to what is good and bad for us. So much of my energy going into what's right and wrong for me every moment of the day. So many 'shoulds' and 'what ifs' - "what if this dandelion tea with soy is not good for me?". Right. Wrong. Good. Bad. Right. Wrong. Good. Bad. Wrong. Right. Bad. Good. Wrong. Right. Bad. Good. Like money as success - it's only a concept, an illusion, an idea. Money as success I mean. It's an illusion. A belief. That isn't tangible. Money is money. It's not good or bad. It's not right or wrong. So much resistance into it being bad. Too much is bad...

...11:30am...I've been thinking more about good, bad, right, wrong. How invested we all are in it, categorising everything, even every feeling and emotion gets drawn into it. Sad? To be sad is bad. Depressed: Bad. Joy: Good. Happy: Good. And good is right. Bad is wrong. Even intuition. Being in alignment with our intuition: Good. Following intuition: Good. Not = bad. To be alive: good. Dead: Bad. And on and on it goes. How incredible. Indoctrinated into our entire being. This feeling? Good. That feeling? Bad...

[excerpt from my personal journey entry from today, unedited.]