Be my guest

A little glimpse

I’m a little disappointed to report that I’ve not been able to get along to see the Fabric exhibition that I mentioned last week.  But, luckily, my friend Lisa made it there and has kindly agreed to put together a little glimpse of the show for me to share. Thanks Lisa! The show is still open for a couple more days if you’re in the area.

Fabric is a lovely little exhibition bringing together 15 Artists who’s fabric in life is represented and weaved in many different ways.  I especially love Rosemary Cato’s etchings, such delicate threads of work. The patchwork coat made by Dominique Horne is truely amazing bringing the past to life.  Here’s a snap of a linocut ‘a velvet touch’ by Lisa Sewards which presents the gorgeous velvety coats of lovebirds.

As a bonus, you can book yourself into a printmaking course whilst you visit the venue, and there are lots of great cafes around on Glenferrie Road too!

The last days of this exhibition are this week, open this Wednesday and  & Thursday 11am to 5pm at the Firestation Print Studio, 2 Willis Street Armadale. Further details can be found: www.firestationprintstudio.com.au

A matrimonial treat

My friend and colleague Joan very kindly shared this poem with me and gave me the okay to share it with you guys.  The poem, written by a friend is a really lovely wedding gift to Joan and her fiancé Michael.

THE CANVAS FOR JOAN AND MICHAEL

A sleepy morning star quietly awakes to lemon stripes of dawn
The hush of distracted dreams rest on the present silent breeze
Each has a special way – born in Echuca and Dundonald
From distant horizons they meld today under a past Celtic gaze.
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In Mathoura the sky is plumed with perfect cirrus chevrons
And a canvas is ready to seep in a flood of ideas and desires
Their pallet is willing with a roulette of welcome vibrant colour
The brush sings on a promise of what the land could bring.
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Symbolic golden rings bind strong the essence of their family circle
A private gallery etched in the embracing suede landscape.
In time the brilliant canvas will be painted with ribbons of wheat
Sheep in ochre fields – artistic twists unravelling as time permits.
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With dreams that burst from this first diamond night star
Together they create a bright tomorrow from their two yesterdays.
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On its way…
Stay tuned for a bit of a blurb on kid’s film, Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole, and in a day or so, for the more grown-up and shabby of us, a quick chat about the rememberings of share-housing.

A night at the opera

Just to mix it up a little, I asked my friend Fiona to put together a review of a recent night out at the opera (she’s much more civilised than I am)…and here it is. Thanks for your words Fi.

Thank-you to That Book You Love for inviting me to guest post today. Mandi noticed on Twitter that a number of us from RushCrowds had a big night out at the opera and suggested a bit of a review could be good.

Viva Verdi was the name of the first event that we could call a true RushCrowders event. Last Friday night I went to the opera for the first time in maybe eight years.

When Victorian Opera became the third company to test out our RushCrowds platform with a show that looked light-hearted and friendly on paper, I decided that this was the opportunity to wear a proper Victorian opera skirt that I’d purchased in a crazy moment  a couple of years ago from Vintage Rose.

Viva Verdi was dedicated to the Dame Joan Sutherland whose recently passing saddened many true fans of opera.

So back to the skirt –  the designers at Vintage Rose make beautiful garments, many influenced by the Victorian era and Empire line style. However there are very few opportunities to wear a full length opera skirt with bustle and lace-up bodice, so this romantic purchase had been consigned to the back of the cupboard.

On Friday night the skirt and bodice got an outing and it couldn’t have been a nicer way to come out. Viva Verdi was a snapshot of the opera of Verdi – 2 parts – the first from La Traviata and the second from Il Trovatore.

Forget the stitched shirt opinions you may have of opera. With the Victorian Orchestra conducted by the flamboyant Richard Gill, and the opera singers decked up like, well me, the show was one of high gaiety, cheeriness almost a bit bawdy really.

I’m glad there was a translation on our seats because now I know that Verdi had a pretty robust sense of passion, humour and didn’t mind telling folks to stop speaking if they weren’t making any sense!

And Melbourne Town Hall is such a gorgeous venue. The huge pipe organ as the backdrop was suitably impressive but cast your eye around and you could get soaked up into the huge wall frescos and transported by the duck egg blue and gold patterning on the ceiling. Really lovely all round!

On this RushCrowds adventure were several friends from Twitter @digitalkulcha @joidesign @pomegranate02 @pupsinmelb @kelllll and several folk from the Abbotsford Convent  who were curious to see what a night out at the opera might be like these days. Our RushCrowders were on the look out for @kelllll who was there with friends under the RushCrowds special offer but we missed each other’s tweets and I for one felt a tad naughty checking my iPhone during the performance.

Victorian Opera has more excellent shows that we hope to RushCrowd this year, the Magic Flute in March should be a ripper. If you haven’t stumbled across RushCrowds yet but love the notion of meeting up with a bunch of people who are going to the opera, theatre, a meal out, supper etc – then come join us at www.rushcrowds.com and let the RushCrowding begin!