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.

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My campers take good notes, even though they receive a PDF full of notes after camp. They're quite studious.

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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!

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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.

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Ben Corda may or may not have been hungover at this time.

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A sampling of Ben's portraits. At left: Allison, feigning surprise that she got roped into acting as intern for the day.

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Sisters!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.)

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Audra, with her giant brain, clearly using some vocabulary I have never heard.

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Oh, hey, did you want Homemade Rice Krispy treats with rainbow sprinkles? Why didn't you come to camp, then?

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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.

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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

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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.

GO TO CAMP: PHILLY MINI (JULY 13)  |  DENVER MINI (JULY 27)  |  MINNEAPOLIS (AUG 3-4)

 

All photos: Ben Corda and Michael Warren.

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Photo: Ben Corda

Boston Campers who are already signed up for next weekend (Apr 27-28), please be looking for an email from me tomorrow regarding location, parking, and more pertinent info.

As for the rest of you: Dear Boston, I am sick over what happened at the race -- both as a human, and as a runner -- but I have been continually inspired by your courage and grace in the face of such a terrible thing. My thoughts are with you all. I am happy that I will get to see your great city in person next weekend.

My Boston camp reached capacity last week, but I've opened up five more spots because I know there are a few of you on the wait list. Use coupon code BOSTON262 for 10% off. Thanks and I can't wait to see you all next week! I hope to be regaled with stories of Boston's awesomeness.

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The Camp Director surrounded by camp lights, garlands, and fringes. And Omar. It's all in the game.

Here are some IMPT Design Camp Notes, yo:

1. I'm leaving tomorrow for more southeastern shores, since ATL mini-camp is this weekend. It's sold out, but if you really want to come, send me an email and I'll see what I can do. You probably DO want to come, since the beloved and much-missed Ben Corda will be there shooting the day and taking everyone's portrait for fun. We're located in a super-cool loft, and I heard a rumor that Ludacris will be in attendance. I know for a FACT that Allison will be there interning (Have y'all ever wanted to order Al around? Now's your chance.).

2. The sadly-cancelled Denver mini camp has been rescheduled for July 27! I had flight problems; Denver had a blizzard; we had to shut the whole thing down. I'm hoping we can avoid all those troubles in July. Go sign up, y'all! The location is beautiful, and apparently Denver doesn't have snow in July, hooray!

3. So, I thought since I was doing a mini-camp in July already, why not do two? Philadelphia! You're in. July 13. I still need a location and an intern. Who's with me?

4. There is one (1) (ONE) Boston spot left.

5. Hey, guess what? AB Chao Design Camp has its own Facebook page! Very exciting. I'd be much obliged if you'd like it. I mean, "Like" it.