Monday, 7 April 2008

The Crafters' Way 45 - Art & Craft in Melbourne

I write a weekly craft column for a local paper, I share it here with bloggers.

Art & Craft in Melbourne

I’m back from our Melbourne trip. We really enjoyed the Formula One and the extremely high temperatures. Fancy having to go to Melbourne to get some summer. I’ve never been to Melbourne before and as well as the racing there were a couple of other places I wanted to visit. I wasn’t disappointed.

Beautiful Silks is in Fitzroy. I buy the only undyed thread I can source in Australia from them. It’s a beautiful stranded silk thread. I have them dyed in a myriad of colours available from the shop. Beautiful Silks is open for retail shopping for limited hours each day. The range of undyed silk fabric is amazing. They also stock a small range of dyed yarns and clothing, they support the people who trade with them. This year Beautiful Silks is hosting 2 overseas textile tours, one to China the other to India. Places are still available on both. For more information visit their web site

Also in Fitzroy is Zetta Florence, amongst other things they have an extensive range of paper products and high quality stamps.

A little further down the same street is Scally and Trombone. A lovely find, this shop is full of funky handmade jewelry and the most inexpensive handcrafted felt hats. Sorry! No website. You’ll just have to visit Melbourne.

Before leaving I googled ‘textiles in Melbourne’ and found the website of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop. Their premises are open by appointment, but I had left it far too late to organize. I wasn’t to be disappointed. On their website they have a map of ‘Melbourne’s Marvelous Tapestries’. The map’s key explains the work, which building it is displayed in and the opening hours. Many of the tapestries are displayed in public buildings, like the hospital foyer and the Telstra building. We just popped our heads in while wandering around looking at other things.

I also saw the Zandra Rhodes exhibition at the RMIT gallery. Colours and prints were incredible. While this exhibition won’t be on display for much longer the gallery has a full year of exhibitions planned. RMIT gallery is easily accessible and worth a look if you have time on your next visit to Melbourne.

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