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.