Friday 19 August 2011

Craft Cubed open studios program: this Saturday 20 August!

Just a reminder folks that happening tomorrow is the Craft Cubed open studios program!

We've got ten awesome studios lined up and spread across town for maximum travelling pleasure and we've listed them here so that you can plan your day!

CITY - Carlow House, corner of Flinders Lane & Elizabeth Streets
On level 8, check out the jewellery studio of Anna Davern, Nicky Hepburn and Cass Partington. Sadly these lovely ladies are moving out and with 16 years' worth of history in their studio, they are hosting a garage sale where you can pick up a bargain or two and have a cup of tea (or even a glass of wine).  

Carlow House, Level 8

A few floors down on level 4 is Lord Coconut, one of the latest additions to the Melbourne contemporary jewellery scene. As a special treat, jeweller a.l.i.Alexander will be in store creating by hand a special lapel pin in wax throughout the day which will then be cast in sterling silver the following week. The completed lapel pin will be given away to a lucky store visitor.  

Carlow House, Level 4

NORTH-ish -  Cremorne, Abbotsford, Collingwood and Brunswick East

After your jaunt in the city, catch a train to Richmond and make your way down to glass artist Philip Stokes' studio and gallery. If you saw our recent studio visit to Philip's studio, then you'll know how exciting it is!

20 Gwynne Street, Cremorne

Heading further north to Collingwood are Alexi Freeman's studio and the Lightly Studio & Showroom. Both artists are stockists at our shop, and it's a wonderful opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes peek at what they do. PS, come view Alexi's collaborative work Interstellar Gown (which was produced with jeweller Tessa Blazey) at Craft Vic in the morning before you visit the artist!

3 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Alexi Freeman
Level 1, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood

This year, we're super excited to have The Mercator Building involved in our open studios program. Quite a few of our stockists have studios there, so be prepared to bring your wallet (hehe). 

The Mercator Building is located on the eastern edge of the Abbotsford Convent precinct at 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Further along the way towards Brunswick East are two more wonderful locations to visit: Northcote Pottery Supplies, one of Melbourne's finest ceramics studios and Pop Craft, a pop up shop presenting 'luxurious fibres for classy people'. Pop Craft is only open for a couple of weeks more (it closes at the end of the month) so if yarn is your thing, you won't want to miss it!

Northcote Pottery Supplies
142-144 Weston Street9am-4pm

Pop Craft
510 Lygon Street, Brunswick East


SOUTH-ish - Middle Park and Albert Park

If you live on the other side of the river, visit the two fantastic ceramics studios that are right by your doorstep. Shelly Panton's beautiful studio/shop (located in a century-old butcher's store) and the Gasworks Ceramics Studio are bound to impress. Shelly will be busy working away at her wheel, showing you how her tableware is made, and over at Gasworks it's a double-whammy as the open studio also coincides with the August farmers market!

Gasworks Arts Park
Corner Graham & Pickles Streets, Albert Park

Shelly Panton
88 Park Road, Middle Park

Wear comfortable shoes, bring a smile, get yourself a $3 weekend transport ticket and HAVE FUN!

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