A well-crafted weekend

Hey guys. If you live in Melbourne and you’re looking for a way to (ahem) easel into a relaxing Sunday, may I suggest the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend. It started today and finishes tomorrow. I spent today at the beautiful studio of my friend Jacqui in Upwey (see the photos below). Jacqui and I met on the first day of our Graphic Design course in the 80s; she sporting short white asymmetric hair and a love of OMD and the Tom Tom Club; and me resplendent in a men’s paisley pyjama top, mohair cardigan and winkle-pickers. Jacqui now makes gorgeous bespoke embroideries (featuring typography, vintage apothecary labels, machinery and bird cages), custom-printed fabrics, cushions, paintings and cards; all under her fab-named label, Vonda. The girl is so prolific! Her studio is to die for with incredible views, chooks and a lush rambling garden.
You can see the list of artists and their addresses on the website. Jacqui is number 3 on the list. You must also visit number 11, Joy Serwylo. She makes hand-bound artist’s books and zines, including tiny little intricately-bound books about 3 cm (1-inch) high, on subjects as diverse as bus shelters and cemeteries. Her studio is eye-poppingly amazing, filled to the brim with mini dioramas, dolls and other stuff. You can sit in her lounge-room and make your own little book with her – for free.
The Dandenongs are so beautiful at this time of year, the paths peppered with red and yellow Autumn leaves. So lovely to stroll around and have a peek into people’s studios and workshops. Highly recommended.
Have a happy weekend. Recipes coming soon…

Dandenong Ranges collage