July 27, 2010

Paper lantern 101

Following my previous post I've had paper lanterns on the brain and have been scouring corners of my apartment to fill with those floaty, colourful balls of paper.  Today I'll share my thoughts with you and give you tips on how to inexpensively decorate your next event.


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Where to buy
Available from almost anywhere, paper lanterns are seriously cheap.  Ikea sell plain white ones, but also check out Asian markets or two dollar stores as they tend to have a multitude of colours, patterns and sizes.  There is of course also an incredible amount available online and a quick Google search will uncover some handy online stores. 

When decorating, think about how you want the lanterns to hang.  Will they be outside from a tree, patio or marquee, or inside above a dining table?  Depending on where you hang them you will need to consider the arrangement. 

Grouping lanterns together looks fantastic and works best above a table, dance floor, or if you have the space, the entire room!  Be sure to vary the size and height to give a relaxed effect.  Lanterns can even be used to frame a focal point (say, a bride and groom) by stringing them together vertically (tutorial coming soon).  Being so light, they can be hung from the roof with a tack and some fishing line or ribbon. 

When hanging outside from a tree, spread the lanterns out to give little bursts of colour throughout the garden.

To illuminate, or to not illuminate...
You can purchase LED lights to illuminate your lanterns which will spread a warm, soft glow over the space.  This will obviously make the project more expensive than a single paper lantern, but will give a magical effect, especially at night.  You can purchase battery or solar operated LED lights online, or visit your local hardware store.  

July 26, 2010

Inspiration Overload

It's been a few weeks since I've put my head down and written a post, and for the record, it is definitely not due to a lack of inspiration!  I find I am constantly being bombarded with ideas as my eyes feast upon images all over the internet.  I decided to create a new type of post simply titled "inspirations" as that is what they are, so let's not complicate things :)

Hopefully they will stimulate your creative mind as much as they do mine.

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July 7, 2010

Events and Fashion

The hype of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) may be low during winter, but there are still some  events buzzing around in their program.  The one that really caught my eye was Event Marketing: connecting with your customer.

This seminar focuses on events as the new marketing tool (in fashion) and one of the best ways to directly target your customer in a creative, personal and interactive way.  Being an event manager I couldn't agree more and enquired about attending the session but alas, it is held on a Tuesday and full time work prohibits me from attending.

Topics covered will include:

• Brand positioning - what is the right event?
• Engaging with your consumer - a captive audience
• Leverage your sponsorship
• Depth of reach through marketing and communication initiatives
• Working collaboratively with your event partner
• PR value of events

here for more info or email to book a place.  If you do go, I'd love to hear your feedback!

July 1, 2010

Tim Burton - The Exhibition

Last night I went to see the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and...wow.

The exhibition, exclusive to Melbourne and direct from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, consists of Burton's back catalog of illustrations, advertisements, costumes and sculptures from movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow and more recently, Alice in Wonderland. 

"Curated in direct collaboration with Burton, the exhibition brings together over 700 works, including paintings, drawings, puppets, costumes, storyboards and film. Discover the elements of gothic fantasy, dark humour and motifs that characterise Burton's work as director, concept artist, illustrator and photographer."
{taken from ACMI}

The scale of the exhibition is incredible.  It would have been an massive feat to curate and put the show together, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when it was all going up.  The exhibition is also complimented by vision and audio from his more famous movies, giving you a complete sensory experience. 

This is a must see event and lucky for you it runs until October 2010.  Head to ACMI for the full program, including movie screenings and workshops, tickets and times.

{Images courtesy of ACMI}