More culture from Candelo…

13 02 2011

The Gang and Maryanne hopped across Myrtle Mountain yesterday arvo for the launch of Sam Bailey and Sharon Cornthwaite’s exhibition at The Crossing…

Lots of funky retro brooches and jools for which both are renowned, plus a move into vintage clock biz (very cute old bikkie tin faces) and mexican-esque niche icons (which we’re always into) by Shazza, and 2-D work from Sam. Something for everyone really, and there were ample red spots to prove it.

Anyhoo, the artists did a fine job of working the crowd…

…entertainment was provided by Andrew Gray…

…and a lovely time was had by all (Anne and Pete always put on a seriously pleasant opening doo.)

Cognoscenti here.





Vintage tat…

3 08 2009

The Gang went to Spiral Gallery’s opening of Bricolage last Friday night, an exhibition of vintage and wearable art by Sharon Cornthwaite and Anna Senior. Opened by a glitzy dinosaur named Dorothy, the launch was lots of fun…

 

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(above) Anna Senior with guest celebrity Dorothy.

By the end of the night we all stood around looking like a clutch of bag-ladies (but that’s what vintage will do for ya, once ya reach a certain age!)

For a handful of the more tasteful pics, go here.





One or two for Ginger…

19 12 2008

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The Gang went to Sharon’s workshop/studio for christmas drinkies yesterday evening – so thought we’d capture the moment for Ginger, on who’s behalf we happily quaffed the Moët and ate far too many Fry’s turkish delights. Golly it was good, but…





The gift of the gab…

4 12 2008

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The Gang rocked up to the Bega Regional Gallery’s ‘Art Café’ yesterday for Sharon Cornthwaite’s artist talk on the history of giving jewellery, which was fantastic, and fascinating – and wonderfully researched. Having fessed up that her visual presentation had fallen victim to a series of technical glitches, she settled down to business and winged it – with nary a pause for breath, no reliance on notes, and some good old-fashioned handing around of quality books. It was a very impressive performance, and amazingly informative.

 

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We loved the set-up too, with Shazza sitting out front at the teacher’s desk! It was charming and ‘old school’ and struck just the right ambient note for a history lesson. Keep an eye out, y’all, on the public program in case she’s pencilled in again – it’ll be one of those occasions you’ll be glad not to miss.

 

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We’re still kicking ourselves for not buying that to-die-for Victorian mourning necklace we saw in Melbourne a year and a half ago. Yes it was prohibitively expensive, but it’s been haunting us from the moment we clapped eyes on it…





An oasis of creative activity…

19 08 2008

 

The Gang swung by Sharon Cornthwaite’s Bird on a Wire Studio in Bega last Friday and boy! were we bowled over by the utter chaotic charm of it all. We’re talking the ultimate in ‘cottage industry’ here – a hive of creative activity housed in a daggy little weatherboard cottage, marooned in the midst of a car parking lot just off the main drag in Bega. Unassuming, unpretentious – just our cup of tea.

You walk off the street into a workshop bursting with an eclectic jumble of tat (it doesn’t hurt that all the ‘stuff’ is right up our alley, aesthetically) and immediately feel right at home, especially if you’re a dedicated collector of vintage kitsch. In a former Melbourne life the Gang was addicted to the Camberwell market/Zucchini Sisters/Greville St/and every-Op-and tat-shop-in-between, and so Shazza’s joint is full of exactly the sort of stuff we used to hone in on ourselves. It’s literally chock-a-block with delicious nostalgia – all being wrought into her Car Dog Design label’s signature, often quirky, jewellery. This is AbFab territory; a mélange of vintage materials contemporised into fashionable wanna-haves, with the broadest product range imaginable (from subversive to disarmingly sweet to high-end sophistication.) There’s sumpin’ for everyone – and we love it.

 

     

      

 

And what a great little set up! Even the bars on the windows are cool – they’re made from the old communion rails from St Pat’s (just up the road, where Sammy Jo and Ginger went to Primary School.)

Anyhoo, Shazza and her studio crew are hard at it at the moment making a mountain of treasure for the upcoming Floriade (where she’s booked a stall for the first time) and her regular weekly gig at the Bus Depot Markets in Canberra and her interstate outlets (including the NGA)…in between all of which she continues to teach (in-house) and run workshops for local arts’n craft outreach programs. It’d be fair to say she’s hardly idle. But the thing that strikes you most is the sense of happy purpose that permeates the place. These guys genuinely enjoy what they’re doing and it clearly translates into the finished work.

It’s not just the passion – it’s the fun factor that does it of course; that one integral ingredient that turns every working day into a real pleasure. [Hey man, that’s the holy grail right there. n(Ed)])

For a Cook’s tour of the workshop, go here.

 

                               

 

And there’s a website coming soon…