On Friday, I went into the City for the day. I have long desired to go to the Art Deco Exhibition at the NGV International (St. Kilda Rd). The first surprise was the prospect of waiting in a long line just to pay! Luck was with me as I walked in behind a fellow EGV member. I am sure the time went quicker as a result of talking to her. After collecting my ticket, I entered the exhibition, kind of expecting a quieter place. Unfortunately, it was quite crowded. Though at times frustrating, the crowds did not prevent me from enjoying the experience. Nor did they prevent me from gaining plenty of inspiration for my own art work! I particularly loved the Art Deco take on Egyptian Art, especially in relation to the magnificent jewelery! The Lalique glassware was also fantastic.
After several hours, I made my way to Melbourne Central for lunch. It was interesting how my vision changed. Instead of seeing crowds, I was seeing Art Deco everywhere, especially the Manchester Unity Building, and even the Lonsdale St Myer facade at street level.
I made my way to the Steps Gallery in Lygon St, to see the work by the Hurrah! group of textile artists. I had a fascianting discussion with one of the artists, Nola Bailey, before heading to Gertrude St, Fitzroy. If you have a chance, you really should go and see the exhibition – the gallery is at the Victoria Parade end of Lygon St.
My goal in Fitzroy was Artisan Books. I entered Gertrude St from the Nicholson St end and walked all the way to the Smith St end. There are numerous little shops along both sides of Gertrude St that are really worth a visit, and I would highly recommend such a wander! One place to visit is Vixen, Another is Sankofa, a new shop selling quality tribal goods. This is a shop that seeks items that are ‘Fairtrade’. I finished of my day and my wanderings at a delightful cafe – Birdman Eating (238 Gertrude St). As I was enjoying my latte, I noticed the sign in the window – the script was Art Deco in style. As I said earlier, it is everywhere.
After a quick tram ride back to Melbourne Central, followed by a quick visit to the Dymocks in Collins St, I headed home, arriving in time for dinner.