Tuesday, May 1, 2012

day 2 - Good Morning Sunshine!

This is the view from my balcony at 8:30am on Wednesday 2nd May 2012  
What a delightful Sydney Autumn day. 

So I've been thinking, that perhaps I'm going to leave the rest of my 'Unexpected Pleasures' report until I have seen it again and once I have the catalogue. There are a few works in the show I would very much like to discuss, and would like to know a bit more about them before I delve into that again. 

To continue from yesterdays Melbourne Jewellery Whirlwind Safari.... 

Next Stop - Lord Coconut:

This little shop is starting to get its legs, this is the second time I have visited and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of work/jewellers it is amassing into its collection. I like that this shop/gallery is serious, but I have a feeling it also has its tongue set very firmly in its cheek, not only when it comes to the work they sell, but also the design of the store and the history of its namesake. I certainly have a bit of a soft spot for Lord Coconut, it teeters on the cross roads of the serious, the strange, the humorous and the downright miscellaneous. Always a pleasure visiting. 

Off up the road to Alice Euphemia:

This shop has just had a serious makeover. They now have a set of stairs that walk all the way to the ceiling. Cool huh?! Well I thought it was a lovely solution to space/storage/display! I digress, they do have a pretty decent armory of some pretty excellent jewellers, Peta Kruger, Nina Oikawa, Karla Way, Julia Deville and Claire McArdle just to name a few. This isn't a jewellery gallery, it is a fashion store and they have their finger firmly on the pulse of independent local designers, and I wouldn't be surprised if their stocked jewellers do very there, perhaps better than in a gallery context?! Something I should look into. 

Toot Toot - Next stop e.g.etal

Wow. This gallery looked a MILLION BUCKS (the irony of that is that it is probably worth a lot more, but you know what I mean)!!! I haven't seen this store look this good, for quite some time! They had 3 staff on hand, all serving customers when I was poking my nose about, that's surely a good sign. Their glass cabinets were full to the brim, lit well, the stock was shinny and it was almost as if every jeweled morsel was up on its own pedestal calling out 'pick me pick me'. Ok I might be getting a bit carried away here, but I was seriously impressed. Perhaps you might be able to class what e.g.etal do as 'high end contemporary jewellery', almost everything was made from metal, and lots of sparkly gems/diamonds, but interesting, well made and accessible to a general public. Go, be delighted and enticed. 

Oh bugger, I'm totally out of time today........ don't want to be late for work. 

More Melbourne tomorrow.. 

- Z


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