I work full time and at the weekends when I get let out, I tend to pack my days to the full with friends. I love being at home too. Apart from doing the household chores which is never fun, I enjoy going out for coffee or lunch. The rest of the day I just play with stitching or dyeing.
Last Saturday I had a date with my friend Jacky to go to the art opening in the afternoon. When Jacky and I meet up, we never waste a moment because Jacky also works. Today we planned to visit Ziguzagu's new premisses in the morning. Ziguzagu recently moved. We had to check it out to find see if we would like their new place as much as the old warehouse where they were.
Before we left I gave Jacky her early Birthday present. I gave Jacky India Flint's book Second Skin. I knew she hadn't got it yet. I also gave Jacky a Japanese blue and white porcelain bowl.
Ziguzagu's new location is at 440 Malvern Rd, Prahran 3181, in Melbourne. We had been to the shop before when it used to be a Japanese furniture shop. It's a big long shop perfect to house all of the Ziguzagu baskets, shelving units and hanging racks. This is the indigo section of vintage indigo cotton and silk.
It's such an eye candy to see the familiar baskets full of kimono silk. I found more things there that we didn't see before like Japanese wooden dolls, braids and buttons.
I didn't have a chance to look at the books this time. Oh well, there always be next time. I did get what I went there for, plain silk for shibori dyeing.
Kate was working there this Saturday. Kate and Haru work there every other Saturday. They are both darlings and I really enjoy their company. I go to ZZ to see them as much as to see the fabric. But now we miss the boys at the old warehouse. Yes, we do like the new shop too...!
Next stop was the exhibition "Journeys In - Journeys Out" by the three talented sculptors and artist: Jude Craig, Michael Hyett and Martin Judd at Burrinja Gallery. I love how they collaborated with different media of recycled metals, wood and eco-dyed fabric.
Jude Craig is the eco-dye teacher Jacky and I had a workshop with a couple of months ago. Here are some of my favourite pieces in the exhibition.
Congratulations to all for a great exhibition. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have loved to go back for a second look if time permitted.
From left Jacky, Jillian and Joni. Jillian was at the same workshop at Jude's. We have since been connected through Facebook. Joni and I have a mutual friend Fabienne Dorman-Rey who lives in the Netherlands. This photo is for you Fabienne...
Counting down for my Japanese Textile Study Tour April 15 - 25. I checked the cherry blossom forecasting today and I think we will hit it lucky for the peak of the blooms. During my first trip to Japan in 2010 I was lucky to walk under the canopy of cherry trees in Kyoto, Tokyo, Nara and Kanazawa. This time we will do it again at the base of Fujino-San, how exciting!
I will post a link to the tour's Facebook and a link to the tour blog. I hope to post some photos on the tour Facebook whenever possible. It's a public Facebook so anyone can visit, but you cannot comment if you don't have Facebook account.