We’ve never felt as domestic and inspired as we did for the last two days at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California, for (No Subject) LA’s Create and Cultivate, a weekend of workshops by craftsmen and bloggers, cocktail mixers, yoga and more. FOAM was the media sponsor of the two-day event in the desert, where everyone got their hands dirty and their creativity flowing.
Things kicked off Sunday with a champagne reception, after which attendees got a lesson in integrating their real-life and online worlds from brand strategist Jasmine Takanikos. Next, Shelterblack’s Valerie Killeen and her boyfriend and design partner, Jonathan Boyd, taught the group it’s okay to get a little messy in the quest to make a cute personalized “Garden State” succulent planter box.
The rest of the day was equally stimulating for both minds and hands. Element Eden’s Alexandra Swanson and Brooke Kelley gave a lesson in macramé, crafting ’70s-inspired plant hangers. Filmmaker Eddie O’Keefe of The Teenage Head gave a screening and spoke about cultivating inspiration. Later, before a delicious dinner under the stars, the group watched a series of Leaf.tv segments by Erin Falconer and Because I’m Addicted’s Geri Hirsch on building the perfect bar and creating delicious libations. The duo then helped everyone craft their own artisanal cocktails made with fresh fruits and herbs.
The next morning brought an open-air yoga class, thanks to ZICO, followed by Cult Gaia designer Jasmin Larian leading a class on creating fresh-flower crowns. The domesticity continued as Poketo’s team taught us to make the Korean classic dish kimchee. And last but not least was a workshop with Lumi where we turned photographs into art using colorful inkodye. We may have all gone home with oodles of new crafts, skills and gifts—including mixtapes based on the gathered group’s favorite songs —but the most fulfilling part was making so many new like-minded creative friends. We can’t wait for the next one!
We know not all of you could make it to Palm Springs and we don't want you to feel left out! Tell us what inspires you to be creative in the comments below for a chance to win a Create + Cultivate gift bag! Here's what you'll get:
+ Copy of FOAM
+ Copious tote bag + credit coupon
+ Weldon Owen Publishers' Style Yourself book
+ Native Union Pop Phone
+ REDSTAR Ink calendar
+ Cult Gaia coupon
+ ZICO hair tie
+ Candlessentials candle
+ Feel More Better T-shirt
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