Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Down Under Street Team inaugural conference 2010

On 13 and 14 August, Etsy's Down Under Street Team held its inaugural conference. The location was the sunny Gold Coast in south east Queensland, Australia.

Attendees came via planes, trains and... combi vans. One attendee, Tasha Chawner, came from Walcha in regional New South Wales, a drive of around nine hours! This was not the first time some of the team have gotten together, in fact, some have developed real-world friendships (yes, I'm looking at you Ali and Emma!).

The glowing Emma of feliciafairy was the chief organiser of the conference and she did a wonderful job. The conference kicked off with cocktails and canapes in the beachfront Chateau Beachside, home of the famous buffet breakfast (which was also enjoyed by many the day after those cocktails!) and right on the beachfront in famous Surfers Paradise.

The one day conference, also held at Chateau Beachside boasted a fabulous view of the perfect surf and an inspiring business seminar by Trish Goodfield of Trish Alan Designs. Trish talked to attendees about how to make more money from our crafts by teaching others. Trish has made a name for herself in this field and really got us thinking. Trish has even written a book on the topic which will be released soon.

Morning and afternoon workshops rounded out the conference, with pearl knotting with the fabulous Andrea of andyjusty, and freeform crochet with Meg of artnomadix in the morning, and more crocheting in the afternoon alongside zentangling with Melanie and Jade of wiccked and scherre.
Photo: the lovely Emma of FeliciaFairy and Andrea of AndyJusty during the pearl knotting workshop

It didn't feel like we were mostly all meeting for the first time - it felt more like a getting together of old friends. (Melanie of Wiccked)

After a full day of crafty practice and discussion, participants were ready and rearing to go for the concluding conference dinner event. Unfortunately, I failed to double check the time and instead of being 20 minutes late, I was 1 hour and 20 minutes late (FAIL) and so, missed the festivities. However, I was assured everyone had a wonderful time.

Next year's conference is on the books, with locations such as Walcha or Adelaide being tossed about. We shall certainly keep you informed of our planning progress!

Search for dust team on etsy for work by the fabulously talented Down Under Street Team.

Article reported by Angelene of Jewellery by Angelene.


  1. Thanks for sharing the insider view of the conference. :) Wish that I had been there!
    ~ Laura (Moags)

  2. Great wrap-up there Ange! It was a truly great weekend and I hope that I can make it to the DUST Conference in 2011.

  3. It looked such fun.
    wish i could have gone : (
    Next time!

  4. Thanks for sharing Ange. Hope one day to be able to go to a Dusty conference.

  5. looks like you guys had a great time...crossing my fingers and toes to be abel to get to next year's conference


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