Hey, hey! If you would like to attend an upcoming design camp and would like a coupon code and to enter a giveaway, scroll yourself down to the bottom!
This recap is a two-parter. First up: ATL Mini Camp! This one was historic, featuring two of my oldest friends, and our first guy camper, hooray!
We found the camp space via AIRBNB, what are the odds? It was beautiful and natural light-y and the perfect size for our design-learning needs. I also got all crafty and made some tassel balloons and fringed garland. That was fun for about five minutes, but the effort paid off in festiviosity.
My campers take good notes, even though they receive a PDF full of notes after camp. They're quite studious.
For a special treat, Ally of From The Right Bank was kind enough to come give a lunchtime talk about Atlanta-based design stuff. She is very adorable and tiny and smart. Thanks, Ally!
As if that weren't enough, my beloved Ben Corda drove over from his new town in Tennessee, took photos all day, held a little photography seminar for us, AND took fun portraits of everyone after camp (see below). That boy is truly the best, I don't care what his mom says about him.
Ben Corda may or may not have been hungover at this time.
A sampling of Ben's portraits. At left: Allison, feigning surprise that she got roped into acting as intern for the day.
How cute is this ATL group? Look at them, all smiles, even with their brains falling out from listening to me yammer about paint colors for eight hours.
Next up: Boston! I can't remember how I found Michael Warren and his incredibly gorgeous 110k Studios, but I am so glad I did. Michael was lovely and generous with his time AND equipment -- he loaned me a camera after I realized I'd forgotten mine. We are now in love and I'm planning to move into his studio in the fall.
My Boston campers were so much fun, and also featured new friends. Here, they're learning "50 Ways To Dewit." Shut up, it's not dirty.
Camp goodies! The ever-present "Be Brave" prints courtesy of Holly from her shop, Charm & Gumption. My best pals at Illume sent a box of gorgeous candles that I nearly kept for myself. And sweet Emily from Clementine put together an adorable gift package, including a tote bag, a note card, and a handmade bookmark. Stop being so awesome, y'all. (Please don't stop.)
Audra, with her giant brain, clearly using some vocabulary I have never heard.
Oh, hey, did you want Homemade Rice Krispy treats with rainbow sprinkles? Why didn't you come to camp, then?
Michael had this photo hanging on the back wall of his studio. Mardi Gras dog, I love you.
Two of the campers work at Lindt. They brought bags and bags of delicious chocolate. I am sorry, but I ate it all.
Michael also held a super good-time portrait session at the end of camp. How do I keep getting so lucky, I ask you? It was so much fun. There are tons more pics at the AB Chao Design Camp FB page.
This is Janelle. She was at Boston camp and has good hair. Janelle would like you to know that, if you sign up for camp in the next week, you will receive a 10% discount with the coupon code DESIGNCAMP10.
ALSO! GIVEAWAY! At the end of next week (Friday, June 28), I will choose a random registrant who will win a free pass to design camp. You can use the pass for yourself, or bring a friend! All you have to do to enter is sign up for any upcoming camp, here. And don't forget to use your coupon code: DESIGNCAMP10.
All photos: Ben Corda and Michael Warren.