SO WE SENT SOME TENTS TO BURNING MAN FESTIVAL
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.
Our customers didn’t want just our usual classical design of natural canvas, in typical Burning Man style they wanted to express themselves with something a little different…..
They requested we send two 6m Emperor Twin, three 5m and four 4m diameter bell tents to a scenic artist in LA. The bell tents were painted and metres and metres of fabric were bought.
With these tents packed up the crew headed into the Black Rock Desert in Nevada ready to set up camp. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.
Feeling Inspired? Heading off to a festival this year?
Follow the following tips on how to create the perfect festival camp:
TIP #1 THE PERFECT TENT
Start with a spacious tent like our dreamy one from Breathe Bell Tents – we have a variety of sizes and styles so you can find the tent that will be right for you.
We used the 5m bell tent and has loads of space – you could comfortably fit 4 or 5 of your crew with plenty of space to spare for lounging about between bands!
The natural colour is great for letting a little light inside and tent itself is quite roomy, with plenty of height for getting ready.
TIP #2 ADORN YOUR TENT
Outfits aren’t the only way to make a statement at a festival. Make a statement outside your tent as well as inside by hanging beautifully embroidered torans from your doorway, using sugarshack mats in your door way, and using floor cushions to bring the inside outdoors for those afternoon chill sessions.
TIP #3 GET COZY
Time to make your tent a home with comfy cushions and mats! Mats are perfect for keeping the tent warm overnight. We scattered a variety of sugarshack mats and mandala throws down as a base before turning one spot in a lounge area with floor cushions and scattered cushions.
Keep that festival vibe going with lots of colour and texture!
TIP #4 BEDTIME
If space isn’t an issue in your tent, we recommend purchasing an inflatable mattress! Your tired body will thank you, especially after spending the day wandering between shows, standing in lines and sitting on the hard ground. Don’t forget your favourite quilt and pillows…now you’re in for a good night’s sleep!
Shop Bedspreads & Throws | Floor cushions available in stores
TIP #5 BRING SOME ENTERTAINMENT
A guaranteed way to meet new people is to bring an instrument…preferably one you can play, but if not, maybe someone can teach you!
Azure rocked out with a little ukelele and it’s size makes it ideal for travel.
TIP #6 BYO FOOD
Save your pennies and bring along some healthy (or unhealthy!) snacks to enjoy with your friends.
We brought some strawberries, cherries, apple, crackers, almonds and hommus dip, plus some sparkling water to keep us refreshed.
TIP #7 PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Whatever your favourite social platform is, be sure to document and share your Splendour experience! Not just for the likes but for the memories.
Grab an old school film camera, take a stack of pictures and be in for a surprise when you develop your film!
And if you happen to be rocking some Tree of Life merch, don’t forget to tag us and use the hastags #treeloves and #splendourinthetree
SHOP THE SHOOT
5m diameter Ultimate PRO Bell Tent Breathe Bell Tents Australia
All clothing & homewares by Tree of Life
Azure wears Arizona top, Turmeric Skirt, Earth Born Serape, with Leather Lariet Choker & Hilltribe Silver
Rowi wears Tiered Dress, Tribal Hoop Earrings,Earth Born Serape & Hilltribe Silver
Katie wears Lauren top, Pachali Jacket & Leather Lariet Choker with her own vintage flares & belt
A big thank you to our guest blogger Leesa Mealing