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!”
Situated in Shoreditch; the home of innovative design, branding and start-ups, Design and Art Direction (D&AD) in partnership with Microsoft and Adobe, opened a 3-day panel and talk festival on everything new in tech, design and branding for like-minded professionals
In the midst of the masterclasses, talks and exhibitions, Heaps + Stacks provided members a chance to ‘Zen out’ from the hustle and bustle of the day through a Mini Zen Garden workshop. From the selection of sands, stones, succulents and ornaments; participants were able to build their own serene spaces, leaving with a calmer mood and content with their completed Zen gardens. A memorable token from the events of the festival and a reminder to ‘Zen out’.
Last weekend the forecourt at the Television Centre was transformed into an all-out festival to mark the official reopening. From food and music to live entertainment, it was all going on!
We were giving guests the chance to get their hands dirty in a Blue Peter inspired gardening set-up. Guests could choose from a mixture of miniature plants and pot their own miniature takeaway plant.
We also challenged guests try their hand at presenting the weather; they were upbeat about those low temperatures and unflappable even in the highest of winds. The hillarious content was all captured and shared on social...
To celebrate International Women's Day this year, the fantastic ladies at Marguerite threw a party at The London Edition hotel, at which we created a drop in 'Gem Facial' station, where make-up artists bedazzled guest's faces. Express manicures by Shoreditch Nails; a photo booth by The OUTNET.COM were also offered, with an empowering DJ set from female duo, Four Tit. A whole lotta lady love!
Our latest workshop for members of The Ned was miniature Zen Garden making, where guests were invited to create their own desktop version of a Japanese Zen Garden.
Within the serene setting of the luxurious 'Kennels' Dining Room, guests were introduced to Mark from Zenways, who started the session off with a short meditation, before proceeding to explain the meanings behind each material; smooth pebbles, the importance of moss, incense, sand and miniature plants. Members were then invited to get creative... choosing from various coloured stones, gravel and sand, which they created mindful patterns in with their own bamboo rake!
Big thank you to Tom Rapley for producing the photos and short film below!
Glancing back, before we move on to 2018 - heres some photos from the family workshops we ran at Port Eliot Festival this year.
“Port Eliot brings out the child in all of us. Walking through the gates is like opening the wardrobe doors and entering Narnia. Whether you’re joining a treasure hunt in the maze with a cast of costumed characters, or becoming a pirate for the weekend, adventure and excitement lurk behind every corner."
Heres a short promo video we made earlier in the year for our 3D drawing workshops...
Uniqlo's flagship store on Oxford Street celebrated the festive season with a day of activities and events - the public were invited to take a breather from shopping and take part in free Christmas workshops such as Woven Wreath Making and Gingerbread House Making by us!