Creative Women in Focus

Last Saturday I went to support my friend Nicole Mallalieu (Nikki) as she presented a talk in a series entitled Creative Women in Focus.

Nikki from You Sew Girl presenting at Duldig Studio

Nikki from You Sew Girl presenting at Duldig Studio

The talk was held at the Duldig Studio, it was near my home but I had never visited nor heard of this Studio.

I’m so pleased I attended. Nikki’s talk was very interesting talking about her creative path from childhood dress making, progressing to leatherwork, hatmaking and of course her highly successful pattern making and sewing books and classes.

Her story fitted in nicely with the venue. A family space that celebrated creativity.

The Duldig Studio is the family home of Karl Duldig and Slawa Duldig and their family. I was incredibly fortunate to meet the daughter of this family, Eva, and she gave us an intimate tour of the studio.

Whilst it is a small venue, it is of course a 1950s family home, the creativity is simply bursting from the seams!

The home/studio is filled with ceramic masks and sculptures, bronze figures, paintings, drawings and beautiful furnishings.

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The story of the Duldig family and their journey from Austria in 1938 (fleeing the Nazi invasion - Anschluss) is remarkable, with many of the pieces on display including light fittings and furnishings being the same pieces that graced their home in Vienna.

The family story and the artwork combined make it a fascinating space. I was absolutely thrilled to see this wealth of creativity and I can’t wait to go back for another visit.

There are other talks and events upcoming, including a book club run by Fiona Clarke on the first Thursday of each month.

Such a diversity of arts. Furniture, sculpture, painting, ceramics.

J'taime Jane

What's in a name?

I guess that's what the lovely people at Jane The Agency are hoping to reveal with Jane The Project.

I was lucky enough to be involved in a photographic and multimedia project the Agency has been working on for about a year.

They have gathered a range of women named Jane from around Australia, photographed us, interviewed us and are now preparing to launch an exhibition featuring the images.

I've just heard that 60s model/actress Jane Birkin -she of the Birkin Bag fame and singer of steamy sex pop song J'Taime will be contributing towards the project! Perhaps even visiting Melbourne.

You can follow the Instagram account here to stay up to date if you are interested.

Meanwhile enjoy this <3




Yarn the Movie - Premiere Melbourne screening

Exciting News - Yarn Premiere

What Jane Knits is thrilled to present the Premiere Melbourne movie screening of Yarn.

This movie is a must see for all fans of creativity, knitting, crochet, textiles and art.

Featured in the movie are amazing artists who use yarn for fun, political expression and as a platform for personal creative statements. Watch the preview here.

The screening of Yarn is to be held at 7pm, Wednesday September 14 at the Palace Cinema Como - South Yarra.

As this is an exclusive screening be sure to buy your tickets early so you don't miss out! Tickets are only available online through this website, click here to buy.

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

A Compass Films production (Iceland), in co-production with 2M Film Studio, Poland.
A documentary film that travels to: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Hawaii, Cuba, USA, Canada exploring the endless possibilities of yarn in the world.

As a passionate knitter and handcrafter, I can't wait to see this movie, I'm sure it will be inspiring and lots of fun!