22 September - 8 October 2011
Thu - Sun, 11am - 5pm
The Industrial School
Sacred Heart Courtyard
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Spoiler alert... if you happen to be the owner/creator behind Cottage Industry AVERT YOUR GAZE, well at least until I get to Gertrude street in an hour or so.
While I was hunting clearly the op-shop gods were smiling as I also found something for me ,which of course makes the first find all the sweeter.
Really for a log-lady loving lady could this print be more perfect?
Ok so for most of you it's going to require a road trip or some deep commitment to public transport to get to the Robert Baines survey show at Glen Eira Gallery. But it's important we tells ya! A chance to see 35 years of practice from arguably our most preeminent jewelers and metalsmiths is well worth the travel time but the added bonus of seeing the work of one of the great eachers, tastemakers and mentors makes this an absolute must see.
Im going to try and get down there on Saturday for the free floor talk that starts at 230 pm. Dr Baines has always been a rather cryptic character and I've only ever seen him talking about other peoples work. I'll be interested to hear what he has to say about now being considered a living treasure, the state of craft and design in higher education, the new makers he most admires and what makes his work truly international.
Caravan of love
I know fathers day is yesterdays news but I'd forgotten to share a little crafty moment the womble and I had putting together this mini album. He has become quite adept at pasting (I do the cutting) and as corny as this gift was I do believe it was much appreciated. Better than a pair of socks I hope! Ramona
You'll have to forgive us dear readers. Between technical hiccups (powersurge =computer death) and small things (age 17, 3, 2.5 and 100 days) the wheels have fallen off at hml hq! I'm trying out some new technology this week while my delightful tech guy fixes up the black box. This entry comes to you via an iPad app or two, we'll see how it goes!
I had a significant birthday last week so I had a great excuse for some party craft. I made some cool favours using my new wood grain and birch stamps. These little handmade notebooks looked pretty spiffy I think. Shame I forgot to give them out to half my guests - hopeless! We had birthday breakfast - at 830 am on a Sunday. Let's just say naps were needed. But who can resist that insane three tiered chocolate pavlova that Maggie B created?
Katherine Bowman: Locutions (the loved object)
9 Sep – 15 Oct 2011
Gallery 1, Craft Victoria
31 Flinders Lane Melbourne
Opening: Thursday 8 September, 6-8pm
Two shows have caught my eye this week - Space Invaders at RMIT and Diamonds in the Rough at Lamington Drive and both are opening TONIGHT people!!!
Whether using spray-can graf, texta tags, paste-ups or desktop magazine layout to catch the viewers eye both of these shows are a testament to the pavlovian appeal of advertising vernacular's visual language and clever scripting. After all, we all want to be sold something dont we? When done well, both advertising and street art can reflect our deepest desires and showcase the best of our creatives - able to be brilliantly amusing, thought provoking and gaspingly beautiful at the same time.
Space invaders looks at "the artist and their iconic street-based works at the point of their transition from the ephemeral to the collectable and from the street to the gallery", along the way both celebrating and making the case that stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers all comprise an important chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings. Raising the question of legal vs. renegade once again RMIT Gallery has commissed a public art project with local street artists who will create a work in the laneway near RMIT Gallery during the exhibition. In addition a public seminar, Vandals or Vanguards?, will discuss the political, social and artistic aspects of street art and zines, Monday September 26 in the gallery space. Heavy - but my money is on the vanguards.
Diamonds in the Rough has been put together by design wizard Andrew Ashton and coincides with the release of desktop magazine’s 25 year anniversary ‘Time Capsule’ edition - edited no less by one and same wizard Mr A Ashton. Get ready for a gallery housing around 20 years worth of design ephemera, from a long list of Australian design glitterati... horders delight no? t should also be mentioned that this will the the last cardboard show at lamington drive so it is your last chance to say goodbye to the brown study that has been Lamington Drive before it becomes "a gallery formerly made of cardboard for nice people".
Given the pedigree's of both these shows i'm looking forward to seeing some seriously good schtick. BECK