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Mirranda Burton

Mirranda Burton Mirranda Burton© Bird Brain If you're a regular Isiiad reader you couldn't have missed the fact that this weekend marks the beginning of the Nillumbik Artist's… More…

Deborah Halpern- Angel maker

Deborah Halpern- Angel Maker Deborah Halpern's 'Angel' now stands by the Yarra River at Birrarung Mar, next to the Ian Potter Gallery. I'm old enough to remember her first home,… More…

Dena's Progress cont...

Dena's Progress cont... The key aspect of this piece of work is beginning to emerge. It's scale is not obvious from the photo. It's approximately two and a half meters long by… More…

New York Rainwater Tanks

New York Rainwater Tanks I've been fascinated with New York rainwater tanks since I saw pictures of Rupert Murdochs apartment in Soho. The design of it's makeover (masterminded by… More…

David Corstorphan Glassmaker

The Little Glass Factory I really really want one of these. It wont be any surprise that the maker is a chef turned glass maker. His name is David Corstorphan. It's such a fun… 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…

Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn't possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley. She's been working… More…

Xenia Stefanescu-finalist again.

Xenia Stefanescu- finalist again Xenia Stefanescu ©. Self Portrait Finalist 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award. I've just heard that Xenia Stefanescu has been selected as a finalist… More…

Some sad news

Some Sad News Regular readers will be aware that Isiiad has been dormant over the last few weeks. I therefore feel I should share with you dear reader, the reason I've been absent… More…

Sam Leach The Ecstasy of Infrastructure

Sam Leach The Ecstasy of Infrastructure (above left) Sam Leach Cinder in Constructed World 2011, oil and resin on wood, 25 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf… More…

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor When I was at uni, way too many moons ago, I often hung out with the music students. One in particular, who would share the progress of his… More…

Inge King and Robin Boyd

Inge King and Robin Boyd This morning I spent a precious hour with Inge King at her Warrandyte home. At 92, she is still very much in demand. Stephen Reynolds, photographer for… More…

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition ...those words pretty much sum this one up! ACME et al have done it again. They've put on an exhibition that's a little bit of 'naughty' and a lot of… 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…

Dena's Progress

Dena's Progress You may remember Montsalvat's artist in residence Dena Ashbolt. That's her above, stepping into her studio space today. Unfortunately, last week she was unwell so… More…

Warrandyte Berry Farm

Warrandyte Berry Farm To celebrate having been in Warrandyte for a whole year, I want to show you a few favourite haunts in my new hood. I've already introduced The Yarra Store.… More…

Launch of The First Train to Allwood

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012… 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…

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…

Julia Messenger

Julia Messenger- a big talent. I've wanted to go to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club for such a long time. Saturday night was the big night. Julia Messenger. What a great artist to see… More…

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