Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Re-invent exhibition

Re-invent long flyer


Wow, I've had/have two really awesome shows at the gallery in a row. Currently we have Weapons of Mass Consumption on, which was the result of a young curator mentorship with myself (as the mentor) and Louisa Marks as my mentee. It has been a fantastic exhibition, really dynamic and the audience has responded well to it.



Next up for the month of August is an exhibition that I am curating called Re-invent, Re-interpret, Re-make. So far this has been a fun show to do as I'm working with a wide range of artists, including getting some amazing tapestry works from Erin Riley, who is based in the USA. I've been eyeing off her tapestries for a little while and I'm excited to be able to show them here in Australia. If you're in Melbourne, come check out the exhibition, otherwise, please visit the gallery online here!



There are also some other equally fantastic artists working in all sorts of media. The image on the flyer above is by Madeleine Preston. It's been all crazy here with exhibitions, talks and preparing to head overseas again, phew! I will need a holiday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My first sock completed!

My first knitted sock!

I actually had completed this during the week but have been a little too busy to get around blogging about it! So here is sock one, completed in all of it's pinky coloured glory. I used the Noro sock yarn for this sock and 2.5mm needles (double pointed needles).

Everyone was saying how difficult the heel section was but after watching some great clips on youtube from the Lion Brand Yarn folk, it was quite easy to go through. I decided to post the videos that I found really useful for any other newbies to sock making too!



This clip is for the heel section, creating the sturdy fabric part for the heel.



This clip looks at actually 'turning the heel'. When you watch these clips, it does make it much easier to understand what you are doing in your own pattern and how it is meant to look like.
I really should get to and knit the partner to it now... I'm hoping that it will go much quicker than the first sock!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bugs...

Bug brooch



I am a bit of a brooch addict. I have loads of them now and nothing beats a great signature brooch on a simple dress, not that I have many simple dresses. Most of them are crazy patterned ones but I still have brooches for that too!
Today I'm wearing my bug brooch that I got from Deco Jewels in NYC. I love him, he's sparkly and has red eyes.
I visited an exhibition last year of Madeleine Albright's collection of brooches. I was really inspired by her idea of having a statement piece that also becomes a statement. Apparently she wore these brooches as a way of sending political messages. So your clothes and accessories really do make a statement!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Today...

Black and white

Today I am wearing my cute black and white penguin like shoes handmade by Rocco. They always get comments, in a good way comments!

Skull necklace

Today I'm wearing this great skull necklace. I love the crystals in it and the fact that the jaw moves! It keeps me entertained when I'm a little bored at work.

Reading about Washington

Today I got a guide to Washington DC which I'm reading up on for my trip to see the Textile Museum and the Yves Klein exhibition. I've never been to Washington so there's a little research needed!

More babushka stuff
Today I bought this cute babushka nesting glasses! Awesome! They are by the same company as the measuring cups and when I spyed them I just had to have them.
Today, what are you up to?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pink, pink and more pink!

Bright pink Portland Maine, Cowl

I'm not sure how it all started but I've been a little obsessed with pink stuff recently. It may of begun when I started knitting the hot pink cowl pictured above in Portland Maine. When I saw the chunky yarn, it reminded me of fairy floss, delicious and so pretty and pink I could almost eat it!

Crochet bow by David.

There was a tiny bit of the yarn left over that my friend David, who has recently just learned how to crochet, made this super cute bow headband! It actually keeps my head warm too! Can you believe that David has only been crocheting for about 2 months?!!

My first ever knitted sock!

Speaking of just learning... I have decided to attempt knitting socks! I have been knitting on and off for about 25 years but never tried socks. I saw the gorgeous pink and grey Noro yarn and decided to give it a whirl. The lady at the yarn store was great and gave me a lovely simple pattern and it seems to make sense to me.

pink 024

Though I really can't believe the size of the needles that I'm knitting on either! They are 2.5mm which are tiny in my large hands. I keep wondering if I'm going to snap them?

ikea bottle opener

I've had this for ages but this is one of my favorite bottle openers and yep, it's pink! I bought it from ikea and it's very ergonomic in your hand. The great thing is because it's so bright, it is easy to find in the draw.

What's your feelings on pink? Is it too girly? Does it remind you of your childhood?

Breakfast...

table in the mornng

I've been going through a weird boiled eggs for breakfast phase. I do love egg cups though, I think that they are really cute and I am a little addicted to buying them!

Breakfast time!

Red eggs...

Also check out this super cute hand printed table runner I got! It's by a Swedish label that is very small and independant but apparently their prints are very collectable. I love the curvy lines! I got it from one of my favourite shops in Hawthorn Nord living. You should go and see their cute stuff and say hi to the lovely Sofia who owns the shop.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Oh Hi!... well Hello!

You may of noticed that there hasn't been a lot of blogging going on here! June has been a pretty frantic month and I guess with the lack of spare time, I've been taking time out away from my laptop!

Lou, Mardi and John at the gallery

So what's been going on in the last month? Work has been super busy with lots of reports and end of financial year, boring stuff. We have a fantastic exhibition on currently which is the result of our Young Curators Project. I've been mentoring a 'young curator', Miss Louisa Marks and she has curated this exhibition, Weapons of Mass Consumption. If you happen to be in Melbourne, you should come check it out. The mentoring process has been heaps of fun and it's great to see Louisa finish the project and all that she has achieved. There is loads of information about the show on the gallery blog here!

I've been spending a fair bit of non-work time helping out with my friend's fashion label. They have been in the process of putting together next winter's collection and I've been sewing the toilles (the test samples) and making pattern alterations. It's been a fun process working with my pal and seeing her dreams come to reality too! Gee, I have been doing quite a bit of that huh?!!

Our house has been the happy craft commune with us sewing, knitting and crocheting away with friends on the weekend! We then usually pump up the BBQ and cook some yummy treats and have a bottle of wine, it's been lovely! My pal, David has become quite the crochet whiz and has been pumping out the creations. He made this super cute crochet hat for me, can you believe he has only been crocheting for a couple of months?!

Hat made by DavidAlign Center

I should point out that I've been knitting away slowly too, trying to get Mark's sweater completed so hopefully he can wear it this winter! It is going slowly but looking great!

So that's a round up! Promise not to leave it so long between posts! Promise!
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