Friday, 20 August 2010

Nicholas Building Open Studios

Last night I went to see the open studios at the Nicholas Building on Swanston St. They are open again tonight from 4-9, and I highly recommend going and having a look!

The building, built in the 1920s for the Nicholas family (who apparently made their fortune from a local version of aspirin) has eleven floors of rooms, which are rented out as artists' studios and little shops.

I discovered an lovely shop called L'uccello, which specialises in vintage haberdashery, including millinery trimming, amazing silk ribbons, buckles, buttons and lots of other gorgeous stuff. If you are into shopping, there's also Kimono House, and Buttonmania to tempt the sewing-minded.

My millinery teacher, Mandy Murphy, shares a studio on the seventh floor with book sculptor Nicholas Jones, and there are plenty of other artisans and artists in the building, including a number of jewellers. It's a great opportunity to see inside people's studios and chat to the artists and craftspeople who inhabit this lovely building.


  1. Wow, thanks so much for sharing that. I really wanted to go but was busy, so thanks for sharing those pics. Maria x

  2. Dear Piroska (I am sooo sorry, I have forgotten your 'real' name!)
    Just thought I'd let you know that there is a 'Hatters High Tea Party' on at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the city on 3 September as part of Melb Spring Fashion week. There is an hat exhibition at Collins Place that week and they are going to give a Millinery Award at the high tea. It sounds like a lot of fun.
    You can book on the number below (I think you need to pay over the phone with a cc card). Don't forget to wear a fabulous hat!
    It would be great to see you there.
    Best wishes
    Maria, aka Vintage Suburbia x

    Hatters High Tea Party
    Hopetoun Tea Rooms
    The Block Arcade
    Contact details
    03 9639 4078

    Date & times
    Friday 3 September
    3pm – 5pm




    Bookings required