Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Viva la RevoluciĆ³n

It seems there's an underground movement to sabotage the destruction of Carlow House. The resistance heard about my previous post and have alerted me to some beautiful old images of the building...

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photo: Lyle Fowler, Carlow House
ca. 1940
nicked from state library of victoria

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photo: Lyle Fowler
shopfront, Croft's Grocery Store, Carlow House
ca. 1940

nicked from state library of victoria

What a beautiful old lady she was. And still is. But we're running out of time to save her.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Flinders Lane Views

The view out the window: Winter afternoon looking north along Elizabeth st. My studio has windows all along the north and west sides.


And if you look to the right you see this...

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which is a garden atop the NAB which was designed by Jamie Durie. It's not to my taste - lots of faux lawn and flax like plants, and we think the big tube covered in faux lawn might be for wedding ceremonies - but if I worked there I would go out there at every opportunity. We NEVER see anyone out there. It's a ghost garden


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Look what they've done to my song, Ma

This was the beautiful entrance foyer to the gorgeous old deco building which houses my studio.

old foyer

lovely terrazzo floor, old metal framed cabinets for display, deco highlights in the ceiling, terrazzo tiles on the walls. A suitable entrance for a building full of artists, designers and architects.

Look at it now

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A little piece of me dies every time I have to walk through it.

The building was sold a year or so ago and since then the new owners (tellingly from Sydney) have proceeded to "renovate" it. Turning the foyer into a urinal is just the start apparently.

Rents have doubled and many of my old neighbours have moved on. We, fortunately, have a lease until the end of 2011 after which I foresee that we too will be leaving.

Vale Carlow House

Vale Melbourne CBD. Hereafter referred to as Seveneleventown.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beside my bench...

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The Humph

with occasional visits from the happiest girl in the world

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Monday, June 15, 2009

some old new stuff

Here are some things that are kind of new - I haven't posted them here but I made them a few months ago.

turquoise reef brooch

silver reef brooch with turquoise beads

pearl reef brooch

silver reef brooch with pearls and biscuit tin

pearl reef neckpiece

silver reef pendant with pearls

pearl reef neckpiece

silver reef pendant with pearls.

New stuff over at garage sailor too