Bits + Bobs + Brainchild Festival

I am one of those people who just loves a bit of mud.

So yes, I loved Glastonbury, despite getting stuck in the treacle like mud too many times to count. However, sometimes a festival without the likelihood of turning a permanent shade of brown can be very appealing.

And so, when I was asked to run Bella’s Bits & Bobs at Brainchild Festival for the third time running, I was simply delighted.

Brainchild is a glorious three-day intimate festival in East Sussex which was literally the brainchild of some good friends of mine. It brings together young creative minds for a weekend of inspiration and a jolly good boogie. IMG_5060 IMG_5154IMG_2182IMG_5198My class was running on Sunday morning which meant I could enjoy the colours and thrills of the festival on Saturday which was just magic.

My super cool sidekick Mary Martin had travelled over from Brighton to life model for the class & Caitlin was my very glamorous assistant.

I baked tasty oatmeal & raisin cookies to sell during the class – there’s always got to be some bits & bobs to get the creative juices running, right?

We also had Coconut Collaborative chocolate pots. Ideal.

IMG_2135We anticipated 20 festival goers would come, so in a relaxed manner we set up drawing boards with paper and put all the Derwent drawing materials on display..

Then suddenly BOOM people started, two, twenty, thirty, forty….sixty…..apparently at one point there were EIGHTY PEOPLE in the tent.

IMG_2111 IMG_2117 IMG_2120 IMG_2139 IMG_5131It was certainly the most busy session I have ever run but it was just BRILLIANT. There was so much talent & everyone was very engaged & focused.

I whacked on my current favourite album: Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens and had a proper life drawing (chilled, seated..) party.

I saw them at Glastonbury – totally mind blowing set. Check them out if you’re not already obsessed!

I raised over £30 from selling biscuits which will go to Contact a Family, for families with disabled children.




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