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CAMP

June 28, 2013

With parents planning which summer camp they’ll send their kids to this season, have you ever wished you could take your very own summer camp? I definitely have been dreaming about going away on a creative adventure – where I could maybe teach one day and be the student on other days. And speaking of camps, I must comment that I’ve seen CAMP-related photos pinned on Pinterest numerous times lately which sparked my curiosity… because CAMP all in caps seemed to be more than just a random summer camp, but a business, so I began to wonder, “What is this CAMP thing?”.

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There are many new businesses popping up left and right so I never know which ones will stick around (or not). But CAMP seems really different because it’s got the right people behind it, it’s unique, it’s beautiful and it feels like a business that has real staying power. And while everyone and their sister is teaching a workshop these days (Am I right?!? Huge blogger trend!), when teachers who have experience in their trade, know how to actually teach (key) without boring their class to death, and who fill their students with knowledge, hope and joy – well, there is never too much of that to go around.

What is CAMP exactly? CAMP stands for Creating Art, Meaning, Purpose (love that) and is a fresh, new company based primarily in Atlanta, Georgia launched in 2012 by stylist Ginny Branch along with her creative companions Amy Osaba, Erica Loesing, Maria Taylor, and Max LeBlanc. CAMP seeks to help students to develop their creative intuition and to cultivate their individual aesthetics. They teach everything from tabletop photography to styling, floral arranging for entertaining, upholstery how-to, bridal makeup, business basics and more. They develop new classes, retreats and workshops regularly, so it’s best to check out their website often to see what they’re up to – you can see classes that will run from now until August here.

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I think that it is a fantastic business idea to collaborate like this and do classes locally and I love the idea that they’re all working together towards something special and meaningful to them and their students. I enjoyed a post over on 100 Layer Cake recently about a summer event CAMP held, what a stunning post that was, so make sure to check it out here.

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Congratulations Ginny, Amy, Erica, Maria and Max. Gorgeous concept and lovely classes. I wish you nothing but the best.

Has anyone taken a CAMP class before? Or another in-person workshop? What did you think overall?

(images: CAMP)

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38 Comments

  • Reply Jeanne Chan June 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    The “camp” thing is such a trend these days, it almost made me skeptical to take one. Thanks for introducing this one, sounds very good and legit. And I love that the word CAMP actually stands for something. Would be a dream to attend one of your workshops in person as well!

  • Reply Kristina June 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    i´m speechless. how beautiful these colors are! love it

  • Reply Bloomia Florist June 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    beautiful pictures, great ideas and lots of inspirations. Thank you :)

  • Reply Tereza June 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    wow this is something I would totally take!

  • Reply Sarah June 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I’m in love with ALL these images. So so pretty!
    xxx

  • Reply Sheila June 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    How awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Sheila in Oregon

  • Reply Kreetta June 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sounds beautiful and interesting CAMP!

    I took a camp but I took Ace Camp. Few weeks ago I went to food photography workshop with Aran Goyoaga and that was a wonderful experience! Such a lovely week in Sweden. I think everyone should go to camp if one finds the right one. It’s so great when like-minded people is together in beautiful environment with no hurry and with interesting subject. Love it! I also blogged about the experience. But even one day workshop can do the magic I think. It is quite trendy at the moment but I think it is great trend – bring people together in real life. Of course the quality of workshop/camp should be good.

  • Reply Janelle@awhitefarm June 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Love the sound of this!! And the gorgeous pics! x

  • Reply Julia Shanon June 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    all of the foods here looks so healthy, healthy is live, healty is freedom! yumm

  • Reply Marjory June 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I have never taken these workshops but what is not to love about “Creating Art, Meaning, Purpose?” So. needed. nowadays. :)

  • Reply Peyton June 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Adorable!

  • Reply Lina @ GGBG Style June 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I am also impressed by the colors. Great idea!

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread June 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    That first image is so gorgeous! CAMP looks and sounds wonderful.

  • Reply Kate June 30, 2013 at 4:49 am

    How fun and what a great idea! I love this.

  • Reply Anne June 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    WOW! I love this so much! The colors are so adorable and the inspiration is just plain genius!

  • Reply Nicole June 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Camp sounds great! Love the pretty pictures! I’m giving workshops for several years now and would love to have a studio together with others. It just has a very different dynamic. Years ago I came across, that would be my dream!

  • Reply Sara June 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Bellissime immagini piene di idee da realizzare!

  • Reply Iva Y June 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    How fabulous! I’d love to learn new things, it’s one of my favourite things to do, only I live in Europe.
    I just went to a whole weekend full of lectures, workshops and classes, part of Sofia Design Week, which was so great! I also have Creative Live classes running at the background at all times :)

  • Reply lori July 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Wonderful concept! Would love to attend a workshop! Also love their logo!!

  • Reply Kayli July 1, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Wow! These classes look awesome. I’d love it if they brought one to Phoenix. Looks like a great business platform and I can’t wait to see what else they do!

  • Reply Sarah - Emerald and May July 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Such a wonderful idea and it looks like they have some gorgeous projects! I wish they were in Australia! Although we have Megan Morton’s ‘The School’ so I can’t complain!

    I love the idea of the flowers taped to the wall, that would be an exquisite backdrop for a bridal party table!

  • Reply Andrea July 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I have been to an Acecamp as well this spring. It was imaginative painting with Camilla Engman in Göteborg. And it was just great, I spent one week with wonderful people in a wonderful city. And it did set free a lot of energy and creativity. I am very glad I did it.
    Andrea (from Hannover, hello neighbour!!)

    • Reply decor8 July 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

      @Andrea – You live in Hannover – where? I’d love to know more!

  • Reply Louise July 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Wow – this post really jumped out to me. Those pictures are just stunning. The idea is great. I for one would be in my element learning all those beautiful skills. I really, really like that name to. Brilliant.

  • Reply Gretchen July 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Of course, I had so much fun at your workshop that you hosted in NYC! Thanks so much for sharing this website. I would love to attend one of the upholstering classes. Natalie and I taught our first workshop classes in May. We had a great time and had friend help teach. The ladies that attended got to take three separate classes that day, and enjoy lunch. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed teaching so much. We blogged about it on Lulubelles.com :) XO

  • Reply Andrea July 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    @decor8: Hi Holly, I live in Badenstedt, we moved here about one year ago. I used to live in the middle of town, but now I really enjoy to live a more quiet life here in a tiny street with hardly any traffic. I even have a tiny garden for the first time in my life, very nice! As you are living in List, I think we have same tram-line in common, the Nr. 9! (Is that the right english word: tram-line?? Straßenbahnlinie?) Viele liebe Grüße, Andrea

    • Reply decor8 July 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      @Andrea – Yes I live right on the number 9 – you can reach me by getting off at the Lortzingstr station. I’m a 5 minute walk from Lister Platz too. :)

  • Reply Jen July 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What gorgeous images, and such a lovely concept. We don’t really have this in the UK but I’m sure there’d be a demand ;)

  • Reply Andrea July 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    @decor8: Hi Holly, so we really live just 20 minutes apart! And I work in the Oststadt at the Handwerkskammer (the Handwerksform is part of it, so you know the place), maybe we can have a coffee one day after work. I think it would be fun!

    • Reply decor8 July 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

      @Andrea – I know where the Handwerkskammer is – it’s downtown near Raschplatz. What do you do there?

  • Reply Andrea July 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    @decor8: Hi Holly, my main object is the “Betriebsbörse”, that means that I try to bring craftsmen who want to take over a company and those who want to leave their company to someone else (mostly because they want to retire) together. I like my work, but I am glad that I just work from 7:00 to 12:30, so I have the afternoons for all the other things that really matter to me (like my tiny garden). I studied english and german literature ages ago and I do a lot of reading, and the Acecamp with Camilla brought me back to painting and doing collages (I just discovered that I love to do collages!), Andrea:-)

  • Reply Riana Johnson July 7, 2013 at 1:36 am

    The floral arrangements on this post are simply magical! They look like old floral fabrics.

  • Reply Marina July 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I wish they had some online workshops as well…

  • Reply ginny branch July 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my gosh!! This is such a treat, I had no idea about this post until today!! Thank you so, so much for sharing about CAMP. This really made my day!

    • Reply decor8 July 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

      @Ginny – You have to check your stats more often. ;) :)

  • Reply ash bailey July 13, 2013 at 2:47 am

    i am going to CAMP tomorrow-taking a fibers class and i am so super excited! these girls are so talented. i feel lucky to be able to live in atlanta and be a part of this great fun!

  • Reply Brynne@TheGatheredHome July 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Wow! I was going back through my “saved for later” blog posts, and rediscovered this post.

    I have that exact same sofa!!! It’s super fun to see it in another setting, and I love the styling = SO GORGEOUS! So much inspiration! I have kind of a funny story about acquiring my sofa from Craigslist here on my blog: http://www.thegatheredhome.com/2013/06/found-vintage-leather-chesterfield.html.

    Thanks for sharing these photos!

  • Reply Katie February 23, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Hello! I’m trying desperately to find out how that wallpaper backdrop was made – was that photo from the girls who run CAMP? I hope to hear back ASAP.

    Thank you!

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