oops! we did it again ...

Sorry about the tardiness of this weeks reporting, it's the middle of the week already and we're yet to get any hot tips to you. Let's just put it down to a combination of  holiday lag and technology glitches and get back to business.

Cheap as Chips

This weekend yuou could make a beeline for ART MELBOURNE, the annual showcase of 'affordable art'.
Always a bit of a mixed bag, and to be honest we have seen some truly terrible things there, they do have a very worthwhile section featuring the works of up and coming artists called OFF THE WALL. In the past this has featured such top craftsters as HML friend and I Make Stuff alumni Irene Grishin-Selzer of Iggy and Loulou fame. So you never know you might just find yourself up close and personal with a star in the making - and have the opportunity to grab one of their works before you're priced out of the market. This year there are some cracker galleries exhibiting their wares including perennial HML faves Outre and Kick, as well as free activities for the kids. So if you have a spare couple of hours and a spare $15 get on down to the Royal Exhibition Building and check it out. Friday 23 April until Sunday 25th April.

Drawn and Quartered

Blink and you'll miss it - today is the last day of FIRST DRAFT, an sneak peak into the sketchbooks of some of Melbournes top jewellers at Studio Ingot that lets you map the transition from initial sketch to completed work. Totally absorbing stuff and features another HML fave, the super lovely and uber talented Katherine Bowman - get there if you can.

you gotta know when to hold 'em.

Last but certainly not least is the new show by boundary pushing jeweller Kiko Gianocca  at Gallery Funaki.  I am popping across to Funaki today in my lunchbreak to check this out, so expect a review later in the week. For now just know that it comes from the same mad mind that brought us Sand to Wear (part of the Solutions for Better Living exhibition in 2005) I am expecting something completely unique. 


oh and one for out of towners...

Object’s annual DESIGN NOW! exhibition honours the year’s most outstanding contributions from design graduates across Australia. The 2010 group of 18 finalists were chosen from more than 250 entrants. No mean feat for the selection panel, and a testament to the depth of talent coming out of our tertiary and TAFE institutions. The Design Now! 2010 finalists are selected from six categories capturing the diversity of all forms of craft and design, from furniture and fashion through to architecture and animation. Above is a work from the Origamic Textiles series by RMIT gradtuate Amy Carr Bottomley. This innovative series of textile works transforms two-dimensional fabric made entirely from thermoplastic fibres produced from recycled plastic, into a three-dimensional sculptural forms. It's on for another month or thereabouts so if you're in Sydney or planning a weekend away to Sin City,  head on over to Surry Hills and check it out. Always worth a look. At Object Gallery from 10 April – 30 May 2010.


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