Sunday, November 27, 2016

Open Studios in the West

The last few days I have been following some of the Open Studios around Footscray, yarraville, West Footscray and Braybrook.
thesis an opportunity to explore the diverse range of artists studios and galleries  This is the first I've seen of it, but it's in its 9th year!!
So I went to
Women of the West Photographic Exhibition at the Hub in Braybrook
Photos by Suzie Blake 
Maribyrnong City Council has launched a film and photography project that celebrates and showcases the achievements, experiences, diversity and leadership of women and girls who live, work, study or play in the City of Maribyrnong.
The photos were marvellous, and interesting bios of the subjects. 

This empty Chair (same place)
Day of Imprisoned Writer exhibition
Each chair represented a journalist or outspoken person currently imprisoned for his /her actions

Gaye Abandon School of sewing and up cycling in Footscray (Buckley street)

Gaye does  a lot with recycled wool (felted like these arm warmers and also hot water bottle covers)
Also some FANTASTIC Pouffes made from old wool dressing gowns with the lovely corded pocket in the design. She uses the sleeves so the slightly widening sleeve formed the curve of the sides and the cuffs a nice band at the top edge.Reminded me of my cushions from old blanket in cupboard at Aireys
my cushions 
 I had been to Mary's in Yarraville for brunch and then while I was there she arrived as well!!
We were interested in the sashiko visible mending workshop but it's when I'm in Sydney so will look again in new Year

and the to Post Industrial design for Jos Van Hulse to talk about his window.
This mirror is an example of his up cycling of stuff
Love the toilet chain!
His window I have seen for the last 3 years but went to a chat by him about how he got started.
Discussion among the group was about kids not allowed to hammer nail etc and any business workshop doing this is at risk of liability not making it worth while.
The window.
The monkey turn the wheel and the machine with balls on it rolls around 
The little pulleys of plain then wrapped gifts travel along between
 the 2 'factories' then spill out at bottom 

The rabbit turns the wheels 
The monkey tumbles 
A creative creature !
And I forgot to look for Superwoman (she is always there )!

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