The creative festivities kicked off for campers on Thursday afternoon with the very fitting ‘Night Lights’ LED lantern making activity. The tent filled with eager participants who used up-cycled milk bottles to create bedazzled lanterns to help their gazebos stand out in the campgrounds. The craftiness continued on Friday with a fresh set of activities. First up was ‘That Felt Good’ which saw felt sprawled across the craft benches where people were advised how to create their own Grizzly Bear Hats, which were all worn with pride at the conclusion of the session. The popular hat making activity was followed up with an hour and a half of bedazzling. Craft Mania supplied old recycled gear but BYOs were welcome. Upcycled sunglasses were a hit and ended up being a weekend staple. The last activity for Friday was t-shirt bag making. T-shirts and crafty tools were all provided to participants, setting them up to invent the ultimate one-of-a-kind festival bag. The SITG said it best with “we know shirts are considered optional at festivals, so we thought we better think of another use for them”.
Saturday kicked off with a t-shirt bedazzling session, where glue guns and felt were once again utilised to create unique wardrobe staples. The Craft tent filled up to capacity once again for Saturday’s second activity for the day, which was led by the ladies from Each to Own, a Brisbane based jewellery brand. The crafty jewellery company is known for its funky shapes, colours and patterns and was the perfect fit for a Splendour in the Craft visit. Pliers and chains came out in between musical acts and eager festival-goers crafted charm bracelets and choker necklaces. As the t-shirts from the mornings activities continued to dry, Saturday afternoon wound down with straw prism making, using up-cycled materials to help convert plain paper straws into fancy home (or tent) décor. Finally for the concluding day of Splendour in the Craft, Byron Bay gallery Art Park brought forward the artistic forces of Paul McNeil and Craig Rochfort to join the Craft team and lead the tote bag making session. The community driven movement Boomerang Bags, who focus on ‘tackling plastic pollution at its source’, provided the plain totes (made from 100% recycled materials), which were then screen-printed and bedazzled to capacity. The post-lunch activity on Sunday was focused on ecological jewellery with Byron Bay based company Polli, who specialise in sustainable jewellery and clothing. All things bling were being crafted, taking form in earrings, necklaces, key rings and more. The directors at Craft HQ definitely hit the nail on the head with the bedazzling theme, the tent filled up considerably faster whenever glitz and glam were involved. ‘Craftivism’ wound down the chilly Sunday afternoon, encouraging festival craft-heads to do some conscious crafting. Knitting and sewing were the popular choices, with creators crafting for animal shelters, asylum seekers or anyone else in need.