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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

 
A Month in Montsalvat

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Here's the scoop!   Over the next month, I'll be bringing you the latest from Montsalvat in Eltham. Exhibitions, artists, classes, the works.

I had the best fun this afternoon.  Sana Kojicin, Monstalvat's Arts Assistant, gave me a guided tour of the grounds and began introducing me to some of the artists in residence.  Oh bliss oh joy! I came away with a photo card full of shots and a book titled "My Story. Tales from a Pioneer of Montsalvat" by Sonia Skipper.  Guess what I'll be reading this weekend?

I'm only just beginning to get a grip on the history and stories of this magical place.  After my weekends reading I hope to be in a better position to fill you in on that front.

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So as a little taster of things to come, I've decided to show you some of the many sculptures Montsalvat has to offer. These gorgeous nudes above and below were scattered around the grounds.
 
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Sculpture by Helen Lempriere.
This sculpture, below, sits at the front of the Great Hall.

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The four sculptures below are inside the Montsalvat Chapel, the last building to be completed before Justus Jorgensen ( the founder of Montsalvat) died in 1975. Despite failing health, Justus taught himself to drive a small cubdozer in order to move bluestones to the building site. Completion of the chapel became his obsession as he made it known this was where he wanted to be buried.  These sculptures depict important figures in the early days of Montsalvat.
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Justus Jorgensen
 
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Sonia Skipper and Helen Lempriere

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Matcham Skipper facing to the side and Arthur Munday

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Mervyn Skipper.

Montsalvat began in the the middle of the 1930's.  From its beginnings it was a centre of creative activity. Its central function seventy five years later hasn't changed, though obviously the detail of that creative activity has. Stay tuned to find out how over the next month.

Their website is a great place to start for general information. 


Parent Category: Arts

New York Lights

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The New York collective electricity bill for lighting must be off the scale.  Cruise down Fifth Avenue around Christmas time and you get a sense of it.  These beautiful light fittings and lamps are a collection of the most interesting ones I saw while in New York.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I've enjoyed bringing them to you.

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Here are the full light fittings from the details above.

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These enormous lamps below, took my eye at La Lanterna at 129 MacDougal Street in the West Village.  Early on in my stay my daughter took me there claiming it to be a very fine local pizza restaurant.  We enjoyed our pizza so much that on the night of the New York blizzard on Boxing Day we trekked out knee deep in snow for another one. I know, only a tourist would do that!

In addition to this great indoor garden, there are two open fire places.  Sitting by the fire eating the best gorgonzola pizza ever and who cares about a blizzard!

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I spied this one at the MOMA. It's really wild.  Imagine it over a huge dining table!

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I love a big finish!  These gorgeous lamps are by Patrick Jouin and were exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC in December of last year.

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If I were to say, "They light up my life."  I'm sure I'd hear the collective groan across cyber space.  So I certainly wouldn't say that.


Parent Category: Design

 

"Minoan Teapot"

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Randy Long. (b.1951 US)  "Minoan Teapot"  1988  Sterling Silver, Granite, 18k gold, 24k gold leaf and wood.

I think this little piece of work is so stunning that I want it to stand in a blog all by itself.  It's just exquisite! 

 

Parent Category: Design

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