The Alchemy of Assemblage WEEKEND September 9 + 10, 2017 Amsterdam

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The Alchemy of Assemblage WEEKEND September 9 + 10, 2017 Amsterdam

885.00

600 euros

Through this intimate 2 day workshop, learn how to reconnect with your intuition through Pia's unique approach to assemblage and styling in one of the most wonderful hidden artist communities in Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam while enjoying a delicious lunch...

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Join celebrated Australian artist & author Pia Jane Bijkerk in Amsterdam for a very special weekend workshop to ignite your creative spirit through “The Alchemy of Assemblage”.  Join Pia at her friend Leslie Oschmann's incredible atelier, Swarm, situated in one of Amsterdam's “last free artists” districts known as Zeeburgereiland.

Spread over 2 days - from 11-4pm on September 9 and September 10, 2017 - this is a rare opportunity to spend 10 hours with Pia learning how to connect with your intuition to unlock your own unique style and journey toward finding the beauty & magic in your everyday.  With a limit of just 6 participants so Pia can genuinely connect to each person, this unique workshop is a life-enriching experience that reaches heart & soul. 

On Day One, you’ll acquire the knowledge to create your own distinctive piece of personal art on wood using a collection of elements you love. Through the process of creating your own assemblage board (collage on wood), Pia will guide you on how to recognise and follow your intuition, allowing your creative spirit to flow freely - a technique you’ll be able to practice and strengthen over time. Pia will help you discover how to approach a creative project by guiding you through making your own beautiful and evocative collage:

“…it will be like learning to bring to life one of the pages from my book, My Heart Wanders but even more wonderful - this will be your very own" writes Pia.   

You'll enjoy a delicious & nourishing lunch with champagne surrounded by incredible objects made by Leslie and have the chance to talk in more depth about creative blocks and how to work through them. 

On Day Two, you'll have the opportunity to practice what you've learnt from Day One and take it one step further by creating your own styled vignette with selected objects from Leslie's personal collection. Through the styling of your own vignette in a supportive, nurturing and captivating environment, learn how to get in touch with your intuition and work with your creativity to find beauty in the everyday.

This is where you'll learn Pia's creative principles which she applies to styling & photographing for clients as well as magazine and publishing shoots.

After another delicious lunch together and more time to deepen your intuitive connection, you'll be ready to head home feeling empowered, nurtured and with joy in your heart.  You'll have gained confidence in your creative abilities and be inspired to nurture and grow your heart connection in a new and magical way. 

Pia has specially designed this workshop so that you can adapt her method of intuitive and creative connection anytime you need to in your life - be it bringing more creativity into your world, gaining confidence in your creative abilities, or striving to find connection in your everyday.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2017

Time: 11-4pm on Saturday September 9 & 11-4pm on Sunday September 10.

Location: Swarm, Vereniging De Loods, Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam

Learn: how to approach a creative concept and learn skills that will enable you to craft other assemblages.  Gain insight & knowledge into the thought process behind creative and artistic projects whilst learning the stylist’s trade techniques that make it happen.

Bring: (optional) one or two mementos from home that represent a moment, a place, a time, a memory or a person you love. For example: a photograph, a scrap of fabric, a piece of leather or similar, an old letter or card, a ticket etc. 

Supplied: boards and materials, beautiful organic teas & coffee, lunch (please inform us if you have any dietary requirements), champagne and afternoon tea. 

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Booking essential. Limited to 6 participants.

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Workshop inclusions:

The Alchemy of Assemblage Weekend Workshop, Day One:

  • A beautiful inspiring environment distinctively chosen to fully assist and support the engagement of your creativity.
  • A small group of six like minded participants, ensuring an intimate experience for all.
  • One on one time with Pia throughout the entire workshop, allowing you the opportunity to open up about your specific creative needs and together begin dissolving blocks.
  • Access to Pia’s personal collection of textile swatches, foraged botanicals, feathers and inks, including hand-dyed ribbons from Tinctifolia, and vintage & ethically made yarns from String Harvest to incorporate into your assemblage board.
  • Access to the tools of the trade in the Swarm workshop including specialty nails & waxes.
  • Your own assemblage board to make & take home (note: each board will be hand cut and uniquely sized however they are approx. 30cmx40cm)
  • A delicious & nourishing lunch surrounded by art in the Swarm studio, with French champagne, as well as a selection of beautiful organic teas & coffee in the morning and afternoon (please let me know if you have any dietary requirements).
  • Learn how to get in touch with your intuition through Pia’s unique approach  and work with your creativity to find beauty in the everyday. 
  • Understand your own creative blocks and learn how to work through them with Pia’s support and intuitive knowledge. 
  • Gain confidence in your creative journey: Feel empowered and nurtured.

The Alchemy of Assemblage Weekend Workshop, Day Two:

  • The opportunity to style with some of the most beautiful hand selected pieces from the Swarm collection and Pia’s own personal collection of props.
  • Access to play with beautiful foraged flora and botanicals.
  • Learn through observing how Pia creates a vignette for photography.
  • Learn Pia’s 5 creative principles that apply to assemblage & styling.
  • Another delicious & nourishing lunch surrounded by antiques in the Swarm studio with French champagne, as well as a selection of beautiful organic teas & coffee in the morning and afternoon. (Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements).
  • One on one time with Pia throughout the entire workshop, allowing you the opportunity to open up about your specific creative needs and together begin dissolving blocks.
  • Through the styling of your own vignette in a supportive, nurturing and captivating environment, learn how to get in touch with your intuition and work with your creativity to find beauty in the everyday.
  • Understand your own creative blocks and learn how to work through them with Pia’s support and intuitive knowledge. 
  • The chance to reflect on your creative journey so far and an opportunity to think about and discuss where you would like to go in the future.
  • Gain confidence in your creative journey: Feel empowered and nurtured.
  • A personalised gift from Pia at the end of the two days.

What you need to bring: 

Day one:
One or two small & flat mementos that you might like to incorporate into your assemblage board. (optional)

Day Two:
A small object or two you’d like to style with. (optional)

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About Pia Jane Bijkerk:
Pia Jane Bijkerk is as internationally renowned photographer, stylist, blogger and author. Her books include the highly admired, My Heart Wanders – an illustrated travel memoir that celebrates following your heart, taking risks, letting go and making a home wherever you are, as well as Paris: Made by Hand, Amsterdam: Made by Hand, and Little Treasures: Made by Hand. Known for her signature style using natural elements in all her work, she is also a modern-day nomad, having lived in the US, Canada, and Italy, as well as Paris and Amsterdam where she worked as a photographer and stylist. She is currently residing in Sydney.

"My calling is to ignite, liberate & connect the creative spirit in all of us: Everyday Alchemy is where our journey together begins..."

For more information about Pia, please visit her website www.piajanebijkerk.com

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About Swarm:

Coming from a visual merchandising background, Leslie instinctually likes to work with collections and large groupings; hence the name, “Swarm”. She is used to making huge displays with a small budget, and the extent of her creativity is tangible the moment you walk into her studio. Each corner has her distinct touch – from the huge hessian curtains at the front entrance, to the old art canvas patched screen and signature oil painting chairs suspended from the ceiling. Aesthetically Leslie is drawn to the juxtaposition of shiny with worn, smooth with irregular. She delights in finding new ways to reinvent the use of an object and her home makes for a wonderful showroom. In recent years, Swarm has relocated to Vereniging De Loods - The Association Warehouse. It is a community of 14 artists, craftspeople and musicians located in Zeeburgereiland, known as one of the “last free artist” spots in Amsterdam. 

For more information about Swarm, please visit the website www.swarmhome.com

 

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