Ok so you all know we're massive fans... so much so that we like to not only admire the wall works and listen to the soundscapes but we find it necessary to wear the outfit while doing so. Below is one of our faves, but really the list is endless, we have the complete set, really we do. tragic isn't it, but once you graduate from the band tee you need something to fill the void that still identifies you as part of a club. So the OUTSKIRTS club it is for us. Beautifully printed, excellent color selection and images that include Dylan's own particular take on bats, wolves and sleeping cats as well as owl parliaments and atomic deer.
Want more? Have a look at Dylan's hidden archive to find more about news, exhibitions, prints on paper and the ubiquitous tee's. Well worth the click.
Top marks to the unknown window dresser - a Premiership winning performance!
Row 1: (RS): K all sts.Row 2: K2, p18, k2. (Those 2 border stitches on either end will always be knit in garter stitch—their role is to keep your fabric from curling.)Row 3: K2, (K2Tog) 3 times, (YO,K1) 6 times, (K2Tog) 3 times, k2.Row 4: K all sts.
Alright alright we know we bang on about Craft Victoria alot - and yes Beck is the retail manager and Ramona is on the board so we have a vested interested in promoting our beloved organisation. But we have to say that we think that Ronnie Lacham's exhibition at CV is one of the most beautful shows we've seen anywhere...
We could wax lyrical about its zen like qualities, its clean modernist forms, its elegant balance between craft and design...
Some days you just get lucky, you head out the front door to get the paper and think "you know what i'll just pop on down to the oppy and see what's on offer today" and there you find them. Three of the most spectaculalry crazy old school souvenier dolls, beyond your wildest imaginings and all from the magical lands of the south.
Sigh. Sometimes life is just too good.
Yes theres a new craze at HML headquarters. As far as decoration goes you know we like to mix the high with the low, and we really really really love a bargain. Regular readers would also be aware that currently our shelves are full of strange ceramic figurines, the tables are clothed in a delicious selection of vintage cloths, the credenza is overloaded with west german ceramics and our couches are well and truly afghaned up the wazoo. We're almost at the point where every flat 'showcasing' surface has been gobble up with our craft finds, and yet we still cant stop ourselves.
So now, a few op-shops trips and excellent garage sales later our walls are slowly being covered in decorative plates. The starting point for this new fad was the rediscovery of a set of four very special Arnolds Diner inspired Barbeque Bowl plates... But of course you only really come across that kind of 60's RSL charm once in your life, so the genre has been expanded to include all manner of decorative plates from Beck's favourite decade... the 70's.
This here is the collection so far, but with a kitchen renovation in the offing, and fine weather coming we expect this collection to breed molto rapido. And of course it goes without saying that we're always more than happy to recieve donations.
Melbournites on the other hand will have make do with a drive by through Ivanhoe and Kew in home-made leopard print fez...
The ladies of hml got to talking about Rock Paper Scissors and it turns out that Beck has the mad skills that Ramona believes will take her to the 2007 Rock Paper Scissor International Championships in Ontario in October. We may have finally found a sport we can excel in!
Those of you who are feeling particularly competitive and quick on their hands should head to the World RPS society for the latest in strategies, game basics and artwork (as seen here - Paper is the Answer is already winging its way to the hml office - woo hoo!)
There is even an online trainer for those wanting to hone their game. We though competitive eating was the greatest - but we couldn't face trying to beat Henry Hatau's 2007 record of 66 Nathans Hot Dogs (taking the crown from our beloved Kobayashi). But with RPS we may be in with a chance!
as we slowly emerge at the end of this week from our cinema stupor (not to mention, bad colds, huge badge orders and general seasonal grouchiness) we are going to do our best to get along to Westspace this week to catch up with a mega group show (a kind of superband of Melbourne artists) for the schoolyard game inspired exhibition ROCK PAPER SCISSORS. Artists include Louise Hubbard, Ash Keating, Lyndal Walker and our fave rave - the Book Surgeon Nicholas Jones.
And yes we do remain in MIFF land -nearly there folks. Yesterday Ramona went off to In the Company of Actors to see why Cate Blanchett is as good as everyone tells her (actually that sounds churlish - she is quite good it's true.) and then the entire hml staff (minus intern - still under 18 - poop!) trooped off to see the new Hartley pic Fay Grimm. sigh we heart hartley.
Today we are off to Japan with the screening of Eijanaika - nothing like going into a cinema at noon on a Monday - work schmirk we say!
Saffron Burrows in a scene from Ramona's festival pick: Hal Hartley's Fay Grim
Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock you would be aware that the Melbourne Film Festival is on again. which of course means that we are doing nothing but fillum watching for the next two weeks. Well except for the 5,000 badges Ramona has produced, the CCP photography course Beck is undertaking, the normal time at work, and family meal preparing, etc etc etc. But we wont complain, despite all of the chores attempting to intervene we really are having an excellent festivus.
Regular readers would know that this is our annual mid-year break, and so far we've travelled to France, Italy, Jamaica, and the deep deep South, we're very much looking forward to our next jaunts into Tunisia, Japan, South Africa, North America, the UK, Sweden, Nigeria and Greenland - armchair travel with a bucketload of popcorn... happy trails indeed. Interestingly we've unintentionally bookended the festival with two hugely influential bespectacled gentlemen of no small sartorial excellence: we kicked off with the Karl Lagerfeld documentary Lagerfeld Confidential, and we're bringing it home with Scott Walker - 30th Century Man.
So if hml is a little thin on the ground for the next week or so, you'll know why, and where to find us. Our very own 'happy place' - in the dark, with square eyes and greasy fingers.