This here, right now — this is my absolute favourite time of year. As well as the warm and cosy clothes I’ve waxed lyrical about before, June means Dark Mofo winter festival season in Hobart. The city turns red, the art spills out onto the streets, and I get an excellent excuse to visit.
This year I had double the excuse, thanks to Bec from Thirteen Red Shoes! She teamed up with Sydney-based paper guru Laura Jane to bring her skills (and her person) down to Hobart for a day of paper cutting, great company, and super tasty treats.
The workshop was held in the gorgeous gallery space at Store & Co. Collective on Macquarie St, which is one of the places I used to drive by every day for work while unintentionally slowing down in peak traffic trying to look through the windows. It’s a stunning little boutique space showcasing fashion, art and vintage wares, with a whole heap of my favourite brands (I won’t deny that I may have browsed a bit between paper cuts and photos. You probably wouldn’t believe me anyway.)
The space was perfectly decorated for our intimate little gathering, and the weather even gave us some lovely warm sunlight to work in! As well as bringing her mad skillz, Laura Jane and Bec had arranged welcome packs for us all: a few supplies necessary to become paper cutting geniuses, some tasty Tea Tribe tea, and delicious chocolates from Winnow that I ate in lieu of dinner, because who wants dinner when there’s chocolate?
The day began with Laura Jane giving us a little bit of background on herself and her process, and teaching us a few ins and outs of paper cutting. Once we were feeling confident and full of tea, it was time for us to put together our own X-Acto knives and get to work practicing some techniques! While also drinking more tea, eating our way through the chocolate, and trying to convince Laura Jane that she clearly needed to move to Hobart, as Hobartians tend to do.
The day flew by insanely fast, and by the end we had piles of our own paper creations littering the table, plus Laura Jane’s signature little glass bottles to house our handiwork. I’d done a bit of paper cutting before — cough serial dabbler cough — but Laura Jane introduced me to the wonder of the X-Acto knife (RIP my crappy retractable department store blades) and even included a sexy black cutting mat for each of us (RIP my old and decidedly un-photogenic green mat)!
It was such a beautifully relaxed couple of hours, and Laura Jane was a great teacher and such a sweet person! The group was a totally fabulous bunch of creative people; everyone was so eager to learn and lovely to chat to, and I don’t doubt that we all went home and whipped out our new mats immediately, ready to make paper cutting our new favourite crafty pasttime ;)
You’ll find Laura Jane online via her website, Instagram or Pinterest.
You can see more of Bec over on Thirteen Red Shoes, and you’d better follower her on Instagram too! If you want to keep up to date on more of her workshops, be sure to check out The Little Workshop and The Island Gatherings.