Yesterday my husband and I went to the Degas exhibition at the NGV. It is well worth seeing the exhibition. There were lots of paintings, drawings and prints to look at. Some of them were sketches and working drawings, which I love to see, the artist’s process. It was rather busy and quite annoying in the first room, but once clear of the tour, it was a bit better, still busy, but with a chance of looking at the works properly. The exhibition book is good too, lots of pictures, and you can see the little works much better since you can’t get very close in the gallery.
We also really liked the piece in the foyer of the gallery, a VW beetle pushed into a ball. Here is a link.
The penguins are in place and they are celebrating the Penguin Christmas Fair at Can Do Books. Photographs have been a little difficult to take and since they are only little penguins, it really is something you need to see for yourself to take in all the detail. I had help this year and want to say a very big thank you to Ann and Alex from Tuesday’s amigurumi, together we made a total of 91 little penguins! My friend Judy made some penguins. Clare from Wednesday night knitting session made a very large number of hats and scarves. And of course a huge thank you to Stephanie for her penguin contribution and allowing me to play in her window each year. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
The penguins are enjoying a hot air balloon ride, a slide, couple of buskers with fabulous guitar skills, bowling lane, lucky dip, and stalls to buy fish and balloons.
The penguins are for sale, prices ranging from $30 to $40. There is also a pattern available in either printed or pdf form, so you could make your own. Contact Stephanie through the website or phone on 1300 308 261 (Mon-Sat).
I ordered the book from the current exhibition of Julie Arkell’s work “Away” which is showing in Wales. It arrived yesterday and it is gorgeous, inspirational, sweet, fun…… I was lucky enough to see her work in person in Liverpool in 2012 where I adopted Long Lost Creature and a tree. For the current exhibition Julie made 100 creatures, one a week, about 2 years of work.
Yesterday my husband and I went into the city and went to the National Gallery of Victoria to have a look at the embroidery exhibition they have on at the moment: Exquisite Threads English Embroidery 1600s-1900s. It is a small but lovely group of pieces. Happily we are allowed to take photos (without flash), however everything was under glass which made it a little more difficult to photograph them without glare. They have survived really well and quite a few of them are unfinished which gives the opportunity to see the way of working.
Yesterday my husband and I went for a drive to Seymour to go to the Alternative Farm World. We have been once before, about 10 years ago. The day was pretty hot so the first thing we did was buy hats because we forgot ours. There was very little craft, which was surprising. There were a few alpaca fleece and a bit of spun wool, but being into sustainability and make your own, I thought there would have been much more. It was still a nice day out and a bit of a drive in the country.
I really enjoyed the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition yesterday. There were lots to see and a good mix of styles. It was pleasing that you could get so close to the pieces to see detail. They projected faces onto the mannequins that talked and moved, and while really well done, was rather creepy. It is the first time at a Melbourne exhibition that I have been allowed to take photos (without flash), which was wonderful. I didn’t take as many as I would have thought I might, but here are a few.