This year we were invited to take part in EventLAB 2018, showcasing a plethora of thought provoking talks, discussions and workshops in the industry. Situated in the perfect backdrop of The Barbican Conservatory, we produced drop in sessions for our infamous Zen gardens workshop. Attendees of the event were invited to build their very own miniature Zen gardens, perfect for their home/office and allowing them to relax into the soothing rituals of sand raking whilst taking in a moment of calm.
With the demands of modern life, there has never been a better time to recharge your energy for the months ahead. As part of The Collectives cultural calendar, we hosted a crystal healing workshop where members learnt how to connect with the metaphysical properties of crystals and meditate into a deeper state of consciousness. Guests got to set an intention for their practices and were left feeling relaxed, refreshed and inspired; transforming their mind, body and soul.
With the changes in season, it’s never been a better time to crawl up and hibernate in bed! As part of Septembers event programming at the Electric house, we programmed and styled an eye mask monogramming workshop, where members got the opportunity to pick up the ultimate life skill of sewing and embroidering their very own silk sleep mask. Guest came home with a new accessory, sending them on their way to the best sleep of their lives.
As part of Soho Houses events calendar we programmed a session in knotting for their members, where they could appropriate survival skills from the great outdoors into a coveted interiors piece. Members learnt the hand knitting technique of knotting and got step-by-step instructions on how to knit their giant spools of jumbo yarn into a cushion. They left the session taking home the perfect AW18 home accessory.
Septembers cultural programming at CitizenM saw guests taking on the challenge of booking binding using the single binding technique. This workshop took the guests through the different stages of making a multi-sectional hardbound book and the skills needed for binding such as stitching and spine lining. Guests walked away with a beautifully bound book, perfect for journalling and self refection.
To celebrate the launch of Mint Velvet’s new MINTIE kidswear collection, we set up a pom pom earring making and festival headband workshop for lifestyle bloggers and their children at The Ivy Chelsea Garden.
The guests were invited for an intimate preview of the collection alongside a wonderful breakfast spread, and were then led through the step-by-step process of creating the earrings and headbands.
As part of The Collective’s cultural events calendar we programmed an intimate Kintsugi workshop for their members. This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect.
Members where given a broken traditional Japanese ceramic plate and where shown the intricate process of bringing together the break, whilst enhancing it with beautiful gold lacquer.
To introduce Niomi Smart’s ‘September Collection’ for Oasis, we programmed and styled a botanical candle pouring workshop with our friends Earl of East London for fashion press at Ethos. The guests were invited to choose from a range of Autumnal pressed flowers that nodded back to the collection, and where then shown how to present and glue them to their glass container, before blending their scent and pouring their wax.
Ever wondered what Trump would look like if he was made out of Macaroni? As part of our programming with Citizen M hotels, we were invited to their Tower Bridge location to host an Edible Mosaics workshop. Inspired by America artist Jason Mercier, guests were invited to make their very own celebrity masterpiece with edible items. With a selection of sweets, pasta and pulses, guests had free reign of the materials and tools to create their edible masterpieces.
For National Kissing Day in July, we were asked by The Ned to think of a romantic workshop that their members could really get stuck into. Sticking quite closely to the brief, we produced a Kiss Casting workshop where guests were invited to cast their pout into a mould and then set with plaster. Each guest left with an accurate representation of their lips to gift to a loved one.
To launch their Christmas range for 2018, The White Company held a Christmas in July Press day recently showcasing their #Mywhitechristmas. We were invited to host two festive workshop stations in order to really immerse the guests into their surroundings. With our 'How to Lay the Perfect Christmas Table' guests sat down to a beautifully dressed White Company table and were invited to roll and personalise their own handmade clay place settings. We also held a Christmas Cracker Rolling workshop where guests were offered a selection of White Company goodies to stuff into their crackers and then fastened them with ribbons adding seasonal foliage, bells and trinkets.
Last week Heaps + Stacks took a trip to the Seaside when we were invited to host a sand sculpting workshop for branding experts Ragged Edge. Located on Margate beach, we teamed up with sand sculpting artist Mark Anderson and led a fun and interactive session where teams were challenged with a brief. There were a number of boxes to tick including buying something from a chippy!
Heaps + Stacks were invited to host a Pom Pom Headband making workshop for Amazons Summer Staff Party in Haggerston Park this year. With an all out 90's theme we saw Britney, The Spice Girls, Lava Lamps and Disco Balls. The Heaps + Stacks workshop stations equipped guests with materials to create their very own 90's headbands to ensure they were covered in fury poms, flowers and even mini trolls. It's safe to say fun was had by all!
We were invited by Norn, the members community collective with houses in London, Barcelona, San Francisco and Berlin, to lead a book binding workshop for some of their founding members.
Guests were taken through a ninety minute session, where they learnt basic book binding techniques; measuring, cutting and binding, to create their own journal to take home!
White Stuff Potting
To launch their new Autumn Winter 2018 range, White Stuff held an earthy and botanical Press Day to showcase their new products for the upcoming season, inviting guests to a plant potting personalisation station by Heaps + Stacks.
The potting station was chosen as a compliment to the natural and plant based prints within the clothing range and was the perfect way for guests to interact with nature and have something to take home as a reminder of a fantastic day. Guests were invited to choose a plant and pot, which our Calligrapher then beautifully wrote any personalised message onto. Guests were also encouraged to take away seeds from our 'pick n' mix' seed station.
Heaps + Stacks were invited to host an elaborate bag customisation station for Marks & Spencer's AW18 press show.
The station was designed to compliment to their current hello summer range where guests were able to select, customise and go home with a new bag to enjoy right away.
Using a colour block, reversible bag, guests could customise it how they saw fit. Varying techniques and materials were available; from adding eyelets, attaching adhesive leather letters and symbols, as well as making personalised keyrings in a selection of colourful acrylic alphabet letters.
The station saw over 500 guests creating the bags over the course of the day inc Pixie Lott and with a live Show Studio illustrator on site too, it was a mass of creativity.
To promote House of Frasers ultimate flash sales, the 'Black Out', Heaps + Stacks were asked to put together a number of eye catching, pink and black interactive in store installations.
One of the activations included a miniature in-store golf course - complete with HOF score board, windmill and ramp.
To celebrate their latest fashion collaboration with The National Portrait Gallery, White Stuff held a press breakfast at the Gallery, inviting journalists to review the collection, and take part in a floral pendant pressing workshop by Heaps + Stacks.
The pressed flower selection was chosen to reflect the prints on the clothing; of which reflect Van Gogh's iconic Wheatfield with Cypresses. Guests were invited to choose their shape of pendant, select their choice of flowers with gold tweezers into a petri dish, and watch their custom-made pendant be made!
Heaps + Stacks also led a flower pressing workshop onto frames for White Stuff's Top Consumers, which saw guests create their own hanging masterpiece to take home in branded White Stuff boxes.
We were at Electric House with Jade Jasmin teaching members self care rituals, primarily the benefits of self-massage. Members were taught breathwork techniques, and came away having learnt simple how-to methods of removing waste from the skin through massage exercises and facial oils! The session ended with a mindful guided meditiation, with members feeling regenerated and fresh!
Last week we were back at The Ned with Flora Arbuthnott who taught members the art behind bundle dyeing on organic silk. Guests were introduced to a variety of dried flowers, roots and other foraged goods and were taught about their natural dyeing abilities. Through a simple steaming process they created a beautiful patterned silk square, see below for some lovely comments:
"This was really fun and I really enjoyed being able to take away a lovely silk pocket square!”
“I was thrilled to be able to learn a new skill, it was very interesting to learn more about the background, history and techniques of printing with florals! I loved my scarf, really beautiful. Great to take this home!’
“Thanks so much for organising this! I had so much fun and really enjoyed this workshop and am delighted that I can bring home my wonderful scarf!”