When we create something tangible, something we can look at and hold in our hands, we let out a little sigh of happiness and contentment. Even if it’s the smallest of things, it’s an accomplishment nonetheless, and it’s something that you’ll most likely use time and time again because, well, you made it. These workshops and creative studios will arm you with paintbrushes and a boat load of confidence to create something unique, and have fun doing it.
The Craft Parlour, Gold Coast
With balmy views of Palm Beach at its doorstep, The Craft Parlour is a coastal studio that fosters a community of makers and crafty creators through regular collaborative workshops. In a bright and airy studio space with visual inspiration and a laid back atmosphere, The Craft Parlour welcomes bridal showers and parties and also offers the studio space for hire. Pick up a pillow and find a spot in the circle to learn how to knit giant blankets or create your own organic makeup. Whatever workshop you choose, it’s a sure fire way transform any gathering into an experience that’s creative and often unexpectedly therapeutic.
The School, Sydney
From the author of Homelove and Things I Love, Megan Morton’s The School hosts a range of masterclasses, workshops and excursions aimed at helping and guiding students in the areas of styling, design, and decor. Sitting side by side with some of Sydney’s favourite spaces, Three Blue Ducks and Koskela, The School operates out of an ambient, white-walled warehouse – providing the perfect backdrop for all of your bright and colourful creations. Why not try out the soap making workshop and design personalised wedding favours that you can make yourself!
If you’re wandering the city streets of Brisbane looking for some creative inspiration, take a journey up the unassuming staircase on Edward St and you’ll find yourself in a haven of gorgeous design and styling bliss. Showroom stocks a variety of locally sourced lifestyle products as well as hosting the occasional creative workshop or event. With an airy atmosphere and windows that face out to the city, this space is for perfect for bridal parties and occasional day dreamers alike.
The Windsor Workshop, Melbourne
The Windsor Workshop is Melbourne-based creative hub and the brain child of Belinda Galloway and sisters Bree and Sarah Hankinson. Here you’ll find crafty classes in extreme knitting, leather bag making, and flower arranging. You’ll also find a range of classes that are designed to create a holistic and sensory experience, like working with essential oils and mastering the art of gin cocktail making. Shaken, not stirred thanks!
Clean Slate, Perth
With their own range of organic and transparent skincare, it’s understandable that Clean Slate would want to pass on their creative expertise to all of us out there who are eager and willing to learn. Clean Slate offers a number of different workshops that all involve you getting your hands dirty (quite the opposite) as you create your very own skincare, fragrances, candles, and essential oil blends. This is a unique way to celebrate you bridal shower or hens night and will leave your friends feeling a memorable sense of creative accomplishment.
The Shoe Camaraderie
Founder of The Shoe Camaraderie, Lisa Turnbull is an avid supporter of slow-consumption and ethical fashion; an ethos that underpins her shoe-making business. Running her workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, Lisa takes her students through the process of creating their own pair of quality leather sandals in a selection of different styles and classic colours. Workshops are open for groups of up to six people, perfect for a bridal party celebration session.