Some East Gippsland Instagrammers recently connected in real life for the first of many #3hrsfromhome InstaMeets.
While we waited for our food to be lovingly prepared by Tania, Anton and the team at Long Paddock, small talk went deeper.
We chatted: public art, koalas (of course), dolphins, food (hello, location!), photography, technology, tourism, nature, camping, community triumphs, entrepreneurial visions and the East Gippsland economy.
We dreamed: at the micro and macro level.
Echoing the sentiments from the September issue of Gippslandia, we wondered a couple of little things.
Little Thing A:
Can the facades of the vacant shops of East Gippsland’s towns and villages be filled with creativity?
Here’s a few ideas to take the windows from uninviting to iconic.
- Educational artist-in-residencies building a body of work to display in the windows. Perhaps the focus could be on the culture, heritage, history, science and geography of East Gippsland?
- And here’s some other ideas to merge art and community via ArtsHub.
- Maybe East Gippslanders could think big and develop a whole-of-region approach to transformation, like FLOAT at Lake Tyers.
Little Thing B:
In the digital world, human-to-human connection is so important. It’s the little things that happen in real life that can’t be replicated online.
An emoji can never replace the spark between two humans.
The plan is to meet up again. And on a bigger scale because it’s so much fun connecting in real life!
We tossed around some ideas of where to have the next #instameet. With the magic of nature on our doorstep, we’re thinking a picnic in a national park and then we explore the surroundings.
What do you think?
Where would you like to go for the next #3hrsfromhome #InstaMeet?
Comment below to start a bank of ideas.
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Images by @northrock_vineyard @mamalentil and @3hrsfromhome