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Work in Progress

Work in Progress I'm working on a doozy of a blog today. I visited the studio of Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn yesterday. It's one of those blogs where the difficulty has been in… More…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Pumpkins

Pumpkins I'm obsessed with pumpkins. I know I know...in Melbourne a pumpkin is a pumpkin is a pumpkin. But in New York, these are pumpkins! On my very first day in New York these… More…

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist The great news from Montsalvat is that more studios have been made available for new artists to join the arts community there. Before Christmas I… More…

Kavisha Mazzella

Kavisha Mazzella I so looked forward to this interview. When I saw that Kavisha was launching her CD 'Love and Sorrow' at Montsalvat, I was pretty excited. What fun sitting in her… More…

Guy Stuart, still making his mark.

Guy Stuart, still making his mark. Once again, I find that Warrandyte is host to one of Melbourne's most notable artists. A quick glance at Guy Stuart's bio reveals an exhibition… More…

John Derian Company Inc.

John Derian Company Inc. This was a must see shop on my New York list. I got onto it from Sibella Court's book "Etcetera" which I thoroughly recommend. Sibella lived and worked… More…

Christopher Shelton

Christopher Shelton Some things are just meant to be. Last week I broke a tiny bone in my foot. Undeterred, the next day, I stomped in to the Manningham Council to pay my rates.… More…

Ensuite

Ensuite I used the long weekend well. I've made a great start on painting my newly renovated ensuite. The frameless glass goes in next week and then it's all done. I'm not… More…

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall I was beside myself with excitement about meeting Ruth Marshall. What would you say the chances were of me missing meeting her in New York last year by a day, only… More…

TarraWarra Museum of Art's "State of Being"

TarraWarra Museum of Art's State of Being. Chiharu Shiota Chiharu Shiota State of Being 2012, black wool, double bass and violin, installation view, Photography: Mark Coulson, ©… More…

Gillian Hillman- creator of fine jewellery

Gillian Hillman- creator of fine jewellery The everlasting nature of beautiful jewellery has always been a fascination for me. I have a beautiful handmade piece. It's a pendant. A… More…

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday Ruby Tuesday is very well known to locals as the 'go to' jeweller if you're looking for that little gift for someone special. They've been designing, making and… More…

HUT 13

HUT13 Today I went to see Marianne van Ooij's cushions at HUT13 in Armadale. Photos and some bits of news to follow tomorrow about that little find!. More…

Izzi and Popo

Izzi and Popo Bernadette Wyer is the brains behind Izzi and Popo. A great little shop selling antiques and specialty items from Belgium. It's been delighting locals now for six… More…

ACME et al

ACME et al You might have noticed that over the last few weeks I've turned my attention to the Yarra Valley. I am having so much fun there. The Archibald, Not the Archies and now… More…

All that is solid melts into air

All that is solid melts into air. Sue Saxon and Jane Becker All that is solid melts into air (installation detail ) 2011-12 936 eggshells on light strands 600cm. x 200cm. How… More…

Beyond the Trees

Beyond the Trees- A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman. All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'. Any wonder that they're… More…

Melbournalia

Melbournalia Melbournalia is a souvenir shop with a difference. Along with three other like minded Melbournians, fashion and marketing guru Alasdair Mackinnon set about putting… More…

Yarra Valley Open Studios Artist- Ember Fairbairn

Yarra Valley Open Studio's Artist- Ember Fairbairn This weekend will see artists across the Yarra Valley open their studios to the public. I've had a great time catching up with… More…

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