Back in June I attended Fiona Humberstone’s Colour for Creatives Workshop in Brixton, London. I’d read Fiona’s book “How to Style your Brand” after seeing her at Paperfest last year. It seemed too good of an opportunity to miss as I was about to do a slight re-brand of my business. I’d been feeling a little confused about my blog and website since getting such a great reception from the Stitches trade show in regards to my fabric pattern design work. Plus, I’d already sold designs and so it seemed the right time to think about changing things a little.
Not only that, I love colour. Regardless of the need to re-brand/re-style, I loved the idea of attending a colour workshop.
It was a fairly small group of attendees, about 20+, with roughly 5 or 6 at each table. The venue was beautiful, light and airy with wonderfully textured walls in a tall open space. We had drinks/food in the main area downstairs and the upstairs area was where we went for the workshop.
Fiona had styled everything so beautifully. And while I would expect something beautiful from a brand stylist, it was above and beyond. It was hugely welcoming and drew you into the space.
The creative energy was palpable. So many hugely talented and creative women (and one guy!) in one space. Everyone was so friendly. It can be pretty daunting to walk into these things and I was feeling a little apprehensive. However, that was immediately forgotten as I chatted so easily with other attendees and Fiona and some of Fiona’s team.
There was tea, coffee and beautiful water infusions on tap. So delicious and refreshing. It was particularly warm that day. We had elevenses and lunch laid on for us. Both were amazing! I have seriously never tasted such good food. Not only delicious but clearly so nutritious. The catering was done by Blid and Hatton and I thoroughly recommend them.
I’ve been to other workshops and similar events where there was clearly “style over substance” and I have left feeling somewhat deflated and underwhelmed. Fiona’s workshop was so different. Absolutely chocka full of substance. And so many “a-ha” moments around using colour for branding, client briefs and any other creative projects.
We got very hands on using scissors and glue – always a winner! Working in teams was also a great way to get to know each other and just have fun while learning. The whole workshop was very interactive. By the end of the day we had all created mood boards from everything we had learned. It was so inspiring to see everyone’s work and the huge diversity. So much talent!
Unfortunately, that was Fiona’s last Colour for Creatives workshop but she is running more branding ones and I’ll definitely be signing up. It’s not just about whether you’re wanting to re-brand or learn new skills, as someone who works from home and primarily on my own, I enjoy going to such workshops where I meet other like minded creatives. It’s both motivating and inspiring.