Inspired by folly, raw emotion, expansion, blowy romances, typewriter writing, fantasy world dwelling, fun fair happy living - as she puts it on her website - Lelanie Slater delved into the world of stationery, with its myriad of opportunities and dubbed it Ampersand Social Stationery. "Ampersand is a logogram for the conjunction word ‘and’ (&). I chose this as the name for my store because of my firm belief in creativity as an infinite resource, that is best savoured in partnership and that definitely grows stronger, wilder and happier when shared. Ampersand Social Stationery is all about inspired living, creative collaboration and more to life," Lelanie says.
"My products are unique, quirky, fun and still functional. My hope is that the products and courses I teach will inspire & facilitate many creative break-throughs, enlightened moments, fabulous collabs and a general sense of happy, creative living for my customers," she adds.
Ampersand's course, titled The Artists Way, Creative Recovery Course, is a 12-week programme that "takes you on a journey of self-discovery and helps you to blast through creative blocks, in order to fulfill your potential, reach new heights and live a happier, more fulfilled life.
The course combines inspiring essays with playful and imaginative exercises to make The Artist's Way an extraordinary book of learning-through-doing. This course will leade you to authentic growth, renewal and healing.
Students meet at the Linden studio, in Johannesburg, for two hours each week to share creative experiences.
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