Last Saturday’s commitment to getting out of the house (after brunch and trying to save NSW voting) was a little taste of screen-printing followed by lessons from some of Sydney’s finest young creatives.

Marrickville based screenprinters and creators of the streetwear label, The Ones, opened their studio doors to the public to check out their process and latest designs. Amazing supporters of local artists, The Ones showed off a great range of illustrative work, cut-n-sew pocket patterns and fresh type that made an instant customer out of me.

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From here it was off to COMMUNE for Shut up and Drive, a collaboration between General Assembly and The Thousands, presenting 5 speakers and their top tips on how to turn what you love into what you do.

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The event featured Kate Jinx – writer, artist and program director for Golden Age Cinema, Nic Warnock, founder of R.I.P Society Records, Nadia Hernandez, designer, Henry Wilson, furniture and interior designer, and Oscar McMahon, Co-Founder of our favourite beer & cider, Young Henry’s.

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A real takeaway from the day, apart from the flawless integration of Rihanna quotes, was the emphasis on community. Establishing a network of supporters, creators, and collaborators as an essential ingredient for the successes and sustainability of ideas, projects and business.

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The afternoon was the perfect blend of inspiration and realism, relating to every inch of self doubt and confusion a young creative faces while pumping you up for the next venture. The crowd was just right, with interesting people and backgrounds all bonding over the struggles and excitement of creative industries, and the free Young Henry’s flowed at just the right amount of non-stop confidence.

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Networking doesn’t always have to be intimidating, especially when the mix of people are balancing all the same feels as you. If you missed out on this opportunity to meet other creatives, don’t worry, we have something in the works we think will hit the mark – stay tuned on the Kaleido Facebook for more details soon.