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Macrame workshop at The Forge and meeting Insta friends in real life

CreativityAmanda TaylorComment
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I find the best solution for a lack of creativity is to try something completely different. When my Insta friend, Susana of Tent Living, told me that she would be in Bristol to host a workshop at the beautiful Forge, Bristol it was the perfect tonic to a frustrating period of writers and makers block. 

Macrame is the delicate art of knotting cord and/or string together to form patterns that come together to make wall hangings, plant pot holders, hammocks, room dividers, there are so many options. 

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Friendship bracelets were one of my teenage loves so I assumed macrame would be like a larger version of that. And I found that it was. Only my brain is not teenage anymore and riddled with 3 years of sleepless nights from a toddler. I had a real problem with left and right (who knew!). 

Regardless of this, Susana was such a fantastic, patient teacher. And I loved how even with the same set of instructions each student came out with a completely different type of macrame wall hanging. 

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When you concentrate on a series of knots it can get quite intense, concentration is definitely required. But stepping back to see the little knots become patterns and finally something quite satisfying and complete was wonderful. I'm not sure I've ever given myself 3 hours to just solely concentrate on tying knots, but it was a very calming experience. Some related it to knitting, the same momentum and relaxing rhythm of repetitive motion. 

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Have you ever met any online friends in real life? Susana and I met on Instagram through a follow Friday feature earlier this year, I loved her feed (minimal, pastels, beautifully telling the story of her making journey). In real life her creativity is infectious and she is bursting with wonderful ideas and talents (such as antique treasure hunting). We related over the creative frustrations of a the corporate world, realities of earning enough, being a good enough mother, having time to do it all, should we even be doing it all, insta mums, marketing - we packed a lot in to such a short time. And the wonderful thing about meeting people from online, you already feel like you know them. Conversations start off as if they are a continuation of something you started before. 

Isn't social media great? I bloody love Twitter. I'm not so sure about Instagram right now. But I should be more grateful to it as it has given me what I would now consider a real life and online friend. And a love of tying knots. 

-Amanda x