OK, so I disappeared for 2 months, AND for good reason - I was inundated by work. It has been a time of revising and using skills that I have not had purpose to use for quite a long time.
It started with www.thecommoner.com.au who have just become licensed to use the upstairs area of their terrace restaurant as a bar.
Jo Corrigan the head commoner asked me to do a chandelier for the bar area that would represent her theme of Carnage - this lead on to several other things..........
Upholstering banquet seating, making curtains, cushions and blankets all with a distinctly "Commoner" feel as well as a private dinning room feature .
This is the original mock up for the chandelier and some of the curtains hanging in my studio - its all about the drop of the hem!
Then came some new seating for www.boire.com.au the gorgeous smith street winebar owned by Catherine Chauchat who was getting a new large table made and required more seating to match her old seating featured below.
Maximillian and I had created this for her last year for the opening of her bar with strict guidelines of "oldworld" look and feel but comfortable - it seems to have lasted quite well - maybe its the real horsehair?
The new seating was made in exactly the same way - patchworked, padded with horsehair and then hand tacked lining and I trust it will feel the same when sat on.
At the same time as this, a music video clip was being made in Sydney and needed the main character to be copied into a figure that was 5cm tall - when I was called, about this, I thought it was a joke, however this was not the case and the job of making the clothes fell to me.
At this point, I want to thank the wonderful staff at www.tesutti.com.au who not only inspired me with a cat ballerina necklace that was exactly the same height as my figure but also for assisting me find the best fabric to work with to create my little man's outfit.
Glad to report that all in Sydney gave him the thumbs up and maybe one day he will be on MTV in the far background of the clip.
However I digress from the purpose of this post - there has also been movement at the studio toward the space becoming both a shop and work environment
These are the shelving battens I have had added so that I can gain some much needed storage (above my head) and still use both sides of the table at the same time. So far no shelves as we had trouble with the type of hardware to use on the wall which was expected to be double brick and ended up being single brick. Dynabolts we love them!
As well as this, I now have a new hanging system above the counter - the ladder is finally up and will be used for hanging items that need to be seen from all angles
Its been busy, but it is about to get busier - the Nicholas building open night is on the 19th August and I am planning to open on that night so there is much to be done.
The shop will be called; Harold and Maude after my favourite film - so stay tuned.
This week it became confrontingly obvious that I am drowning in "Stuff" and I need to prioritize what I REALLY need and what NEEDS to go, before I can move on and develop the space.
I was actually offered a stall at Campberwell Market www.sundaymarket.com.au that I took thinking that it would be the perfect opportunity to down load some of the bits that I had determined were not required any more, but left the car loading until the night before. Normally this is easy, but due to the Grand Prix and Earth Hour, I failed............... so, instead of arriving at the market on Sunday with a full car to sell, I arrived with an empty car that came back filled! Not the desired effect.
A big shout out to Maximillian for coming in on Friday to help me get organised. His adventurous spirit was most appreciated when I put down tools at 1.30pm announcing that we were off to go to the Melbourne Garden Show - It was a research momment that I knew he would enjoy.
I am currently proposing a vertical garden project to the City of Melbourne and wanted to view the vertical gardens on display at the Garden Show - disappointingly this year there were very few.
The above garden was put together by the collective efforts of Phillip Johnson www.phillipjohnson.com.au and Swinburne Institute students and seemed to be the most visually interesting I could find. The quest continues.....
As far as the space moving forward this week - the electrician came in to quote on Tuesday - this was a great feat, due to the condition of Melbourne after the recent storms. The fact that all trades people are currently "under the pump" trying to sort out the damage and related damage associated with these storms had made it neigh on impossible to get anyone to come to a call out let alone quote, so I can only assume that the stars are aligned.