Float presents: Create to Meditate - Tassel & Chill with Head & Hands
In the lead up to Float Festival we will bringing you a series of warm-up events designed to quiet the busy mind, engage participants in creative practice, and foster conversation around wellness, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
One such event is Create to Meditate: Tassel & Chill with Amanda from Head & Hands - a carefully curated store centred around self care and slow living. We invite you to explore the intersection between mindfulness and creativity, as Amanda shares her own story and explains connectivity through the theory of flow. Creating a group installation, the session is designed to give you the headspace to create; to just tassel and chill.
Here we share Amanda’s story, how she came to create Head & Hands and ask the all important question: who would your ultimate dinner guest be?
As a long-term sufferer of Crohn’s disease, and in search of a remedy to the insomnia and anxiety caused through medication, Amanda discovered the magic art of slow crafts - taking up weaving and embroidery as she took time to rest and recuperate from another debilitating bout of the illness. Giving herself the opportunity to explore mindfulness, investing in self care rituals, all while journaling and illustrating her journey, Amanda, who has a background in graphic arts and design, realised that she was one of many working exhaustively and people pleasing to the detriment of her own health.
By exploring the intersection between mindfulness, self care and slow crafts, Amanda, having worked for many companies that had little regard for the wellbeing of their staff, was moved to help those who also felt the effects of burnout and exhaustion. It was only a matter of time before Head and Hands, a sanctuary for self care, which stocks a range of goods and gifts from independent makers and artists, and runs slow craft workshops to help the busy hands and quiet minds, was founded.
In her first six months, Amanda delivered over 100 head massages, hosted 12 workshops, and created a community - the #SlowDownClub, bringing fulfilment and joy to many busy bees. We had a few quick questions for Amanda ahead of her workshop Tassel & Chill, so that you could get to know the lovely lady behind Head & Hands, so without further ado..
What are you reading right now?
One of my guiltiest secrets is that I don't read much at all. I find it really hard to get through a book, I am too distractable and if I can put it down, I often don't pick it back up! I much prefer audio books. I can listen while crafting or commuting without much effort at all.
Recently I listened to Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It's an honest, thorough and illuminating essay about deeply entrenched racism. It's not your feel-good holiday read (although actually, I did listen to it on holiday!) - it's a much needed wake-up call that I am strongly recommending. I also would recommend Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates, I actually couldn't put that one down because I was simultaneously nodding along and feeling so much fury with every turn of the page.
What was the last thing you bought and loved?
I bought a tote bag when I was in Lanzarote, I saw it in the market, laughed at it and then couldn't fight the urge to go back for it. It's made from patterned brown tapestry and is covered edge to edge in ugly cats. It's really sturdy and I use it daily.
Favourite place for a sunshine break?
There's nothing like the English countryside in the summertime, tomorrow we are driving to a llama farm in Kent to stay in a dinky Shepherds Hut. Long woodland walks, some pubs and bonfires are the best medicine.
What did you want to want to be when you were growing up?
What’s the wisest thing anyone has ever told you?
To live by my design and nobody else's.
Best dinner guest?
Frida Kahlo, more like dream dinner guest.
Best wake up song?
Diamonds by Paul Simon.
Create to Meditate: Tassel & Chill takes place on the 7th August, at Pot kettle Black and will run from 6pm to 7.30pm. Tickets can be found here.
You can still grab your tickets for Float here.