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Local Gatherings

Local Gatherings: Stephanie Stamatis and Sarah Cooper, photography by Tara PearceFrom left: Local Gatherings is Stephanie Stamatis and Sarah Cooper.
Photo by Tara Pearce.
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This is brand spanking news from my email just this morning but I wanted to leap on it and share on the off chance any of you (Melbourne + beyond based) people are about to make important decisions on an event/wedding/gathering!!

Two creative forces who I’ve had the pleasure to hang out with and watch at work – have combined their extreme powers of aesthetics to form Local Gatherings, an event design collaboration specialising in intimate gatherings of any size.

Stephanie Stamatis (known to 133K people on instagram as Stephanie Somebody) is a designer who has an unrivaled eye for the natural, textural and pared back… she has made simple details an artform. Sarah Cooper is the force behind The Brainery Store which for the past year has toured regional Victoria presenting inspiring speakers to excited, creative audiences. I spent time with them both here.

With some weddings, dinners and two beautiful Kinfolk gatherings under their belt it seems an obvious move in my mind that Local Gatherings has now been formed. Visit their brand new site for more from their past work and details on how they can create the best gathering to suit you and your people!

Local Gatherings: Butterland Wedding, photography by Erin and TaraLocal Gatherings: Kinfolk Dinner, photography by Lauren BamfordLocal Gatherings - Kinfolk Dinner, photography by Lauren Bamford Local Gatherings: Kinfolk Naturak Home Decor Workshop, photography by Lauren BamfordPhotography:
Top image after break is by Erin and Tara
Bottom three by Lauren Bamford.
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a team effort

The Flophouse - Kyneton, VictoriaGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeFrom left: Stephanie Somebody, Olivia Zan, Erin Neale, Tara Pearce, Joel Pringle and Sarah Cooper
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The biggest problem I had with putting this post together is there really was SO much “story” to tell you! As the title suggests, I got to skip around on the edges while a terrific event was set up by a team of creatives, intent on not only bringing their own – but also their friends ideas to life.

After looking through all the pics, my notes and the general impression I had on watching this afternoon unfold, I think that this Creative HQ is an awesome and inspiring example of the beautiful power of collaborating with like-minded people. There really is very little you can’t do !

Read on and I’ll take you through it. Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home

THE EVENT:

The second lecture of 4 in the Spring/Summer Term of The Brainery Store. The team played host to hugely popular young Australian musician; Lisa Mitchell. Broken into the standard format of 30 minute presentation and 30 minute Q & A, the audience of 50 sat back and enjoyed a truly inspiring talk from Lisa. In a soft voice she candidly spoke of the journey she’s been on since being a finalist on Australian Idol in 2006 as a teenager.
She very openly shared the experiences and processes she uses to overcome the personal and professional hurdles she has faced and how she forges ahead with her passion on her own terms. This was followed by a beautiful acoustic performance and an open format question time.
I was honestly not sure of what to expect from Lisa being such a young speaker…. and was well and truly blown away by her wisdom, maturity and general vibe!!

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THE LOCATION:

Goldie + Co. is a relatively new shared workspace in the beautiful Victorian town of Kyneton. Only a few months ago it was just a pipe dream of photographer; Tara Pearce who was bored of working from home or squeezing into cafe’s for client meetings. The idea of a local shared workspace that could provide opportunities for collaboration, networking, pop up stores and events was new for the town – so when the “For Lease” sign popped up she leapt on it!

Christened “Goldie” due to its amazing positioning for rich, warm afternoon sun and “Co” for the “creative occupants!”, Tara was quickly able to fill the space by simply advertising in the local paper and networking on Facebook.
As the base for “Erin and Tara” – the extremly popular wedding photography partnership she shares with Erin Neale, it is also HQ to graphic designer; Joel Pringle, freelance copywriter; Olivia Zan and marketing consultant; Stephanie Duboudin.

It has incredible bones and the pared – back decorating style of Tara means that it can be transformed from intensive, productive design studio to venue for 50+ in no time!!

 

Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home

THE TEAM:

Host: Sarah Cooper of The Brainery Store
Melbourne based Sarah, is the creative force behind The Brainery Store; a series of lectures in pop-up locations around Australia (and NZ in the not too distant future!)

A contemporary dancer by trade she was determined to be more than just “one thing”, so created a format which facilitated the connection of successful creatives to a receptive audience. Since its inception earlier this year she has hosted an inspiring line up of interesting entrepreneurs who openly share their stories, lessons learnt and chat with the audience. Not a sales pitch to be seen here!
She is a person driving a project that is sure to continue delivering lectures with substance and I simply can’t wait to see who she gathers for 2014.

Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home

Venue Providers + Collaborators: Tara Pearce and Erin Neale of  Erin + Tara
These two went to high school locally together, both left for the big lights of Melbourne, held corporate jobs and began families before they randomly and seperately returned to the country and for the first time connected as friends!
In their success as wedding photographers they have become sparky, inspiring examples of self taught creatives. Aside from a short course each, they have learnt through their own research, trial and error and the response of their growing customer base to their beautiful style. The response was good! They shot 52 weddings in their first season!

I found their attitude and creativity downright infectious! And am pleased to say that they have just set up Love Sweat Tears – a two day workshop sharing all their knowledge of wedding photography, client interaction, post production, management of a freelance business and general trade secrets!

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Stylist and Collaborator: Stephanie Somebody
Stephanie is such a prolific creator on so many levels she is tricky to introduce! A gifted curator and stylist, interior designer, photographer,  Instagram star and past speaker, she was there to govern the details.

You can expect to see much more of Stephanie on Studio Home in the coming months so in the mean time I suggest you follow her on instagram to keep up with her many projects in the works!

The Support: There was a solid swathe of boyfriends, husbands, volunteers, colleagues, sponsors and a food truck to round out the evening. Not to mention the attentive and enthusiastic audience!

Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio Home Goldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeGoldie + Co and The Brainery Store: hosting lecture by Lisa Mitchell in Kyneton, Victoria - by Studio HomeAll photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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WHAT I LEARNT FROM THIS TEAM:
Many hands, brains and creative spark makes for light and awesome work.

The Flophouse - Kyneton, VictoriaThis post was bought to you with the partnership and support of the beautiful Flophouse in Kyneton, Victoria.
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Dots + Dashes by Abby Seymour

 Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/I am a long and confirmed fan of Abby Seymour so to have her new collection campaign shots land in my email yesterday was a tad EXCITING!
I think you’ll agree her jewellery walks the amazing line of imperfect perfection.
This is a bit of a sneak peak for you as the full Dots + Dashes collection will be launched online and with stockists early in 2014.  BUT she will have it available for pre order (receiving before Christmas) in Melbourne at the Mattt Pop Up Store launching tonight and The Big Design Market next week.
If you fall head over heels with something you see here in the mean time please contact her through her site. Or like me – count your pennies until the launch!

 Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/ Abby Seymour: NEW collection " Dost + Dashes" available for pre-order from http://abbyseymour.com/Photography: Tara Pearce
Styling: Stephanie Somebody
Direction: Guvnor
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Stephanie Somebody, The School NZ

I have been dying to share a full post about my instagram heroine; Stephanie Somebody for ages, but because of this series of interviews covering the NZ bound dream team for The School, I knew I needed to bide my time…

First things first – instagram is not just for the kids ya’ll! To me it is rapidly overtaking Facebook as a visual forum to share compact shots of your work, behind the scenes, inspiration, personal pics not to mention terrific networking opportunities. Australian based creative Stephanie Somebody harnessed it early on and has grown a loyal following of 126 000 plus!!

I highly reccommend you head to Stephanies insta feed for a good old fashioned stalk ( you can still view this online if you are not yet an account holder on your phone!) and then take some time to check out the short interview below to find out what makes this creative tick and what exactly her class is all about!

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STEPHANIE SOMEBODY

-What is your day job?
My day job is changes all the time, which I love! I have been working mostly as a prop and interior stylist and I also work as an art direction for film and consultant for interior fitouts. So anything and everything at the moment!

-What led you to do what you do?
My office job was making me feel disconnected from the world and I was craving change in the work I was producing. So I took the leap and quit to work for myself and haven’t looked back! Now I can use my own visual voice to create work and its amazing.

-What are your favourite aspects of your chosen work?
I love that I am doing something different every day. It is so amazing to be working and connecting with inspirational peers.

 -Tell us about your class you teach at The School?
I am teaching an Instagram Debunked class which is developed to build your audience on the platform. By sharing my story and everything I have learnt along way students will take away what they need to create a beautiful and inspirational feed and connect with a like minded community. The class tends to become a discussion, which makes every class a little different.

 – Who would it interest and why should I tell my friends to go?
I think people who are looking for a little bit of inspiration and confidence in using the app for personal or professional use. One of my favorite things about the class is it becomes like a mini Instameet and everyone can meet face to face!  So much fun!

– To be purely nosey….can you share your top go-to spots online that you rove for inspiration?
Would it surprise you if I said Instagram? I follow so many inspirational makers and creatives and I love having a glimpse into their process and travels.

The School

Good news is……I have ONE spot to giveaway to Stephanie Somebody’s Instagram Debunked class in Auckland on the 3rd of November!!! (I’m entering under a fake name…)

TO ENTER: In the comments below OR on Facebook here, please let us know your own instagram handle and your favourite account that you follow.
eg. I am @studiohome and my favourite feed is @stephanie_somebody.

OR TO ENTER ON INSTAGRAM: head to @studiohome, locate the competition image and share, tagging @studiohome and #theschoolnzinstagram. Don’t forget tag your favourite instagram feed too! (make sure you set your account to public or I can’t see it!)

The winner will be drawn at random next Monday 9th September at 6pm. Open to NZ residents only.

COMP WINNER!
With combined entries from the blog, Facebook and Instagram the lucky instageek drawn at random is Katrina Nurse!! Thanks for your entries everyone. 

Check out our interview with Megan Morton and learn more about the NZ classes here.

 

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Insta Love

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I’ve developed a fairly major love for instagram and its constant flow of inspiring visual food. I have also been really surprised at not only its ability to connect me with so many new and exciting creatives but also lots of new readers from all over the world. So I thought I would share with you my current favourites that I follow from New Zealand and Australia. As I was pulling this together there were sooooo many more I realised I could include!
Please feel free to recommend others in the comments below!

Stephanie Somebody InstagramStephanie Somebody – A Melbourne based styling and creative GENIUS!!!! (also part of the dream team of teachers with The School where she shares her instagram knowledge…more on this coming soon!)

Jim Pollard InstagramJim Pollard – A Queenstown based photographer who shares dramatic shots from the majestic region he calls home.

MISO InstagramMISO – a prominent and well respected Melbourne based artist who also shares the little home made tattoos that she trades with friends.

Natasha Mead InstagramNatasha Mead – an Auckland based graphic designer and front end developer who has a feed full of beautiful, moody still lifes.

Colin Boy InstagramColin Boyd – a relentless adventurer Colin will take you into the wilds of NZ where he spends half his year and then who knows! This year we’ve seen Japan, South America and the States…

Hello Emilie InstagramHello Emilie – this Sydney based designer/maker will blow your mind at the potential for smart phone photography and styling. Love it.

Emma Leonard InstagramEmma Leonard – I just can’t get enough of the virtual peeps over this artists shoulder as she posts progress updates of her work.

Kit & Nancy InstagramKit & Nancy – an amazing and sometimes hard to believe (it really is that quaint and fairytale-esque at times!!) feed from a Brisbane born and now Rotterdam based creative.

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