I took a flight to Melbourne, and just so you know, the trip was strictly work. I love my work, so I had the best time!

There were no kids. What?? That is unheard of, trust me I was pinching myself also.

I saw a chair exhibition and some amazing creative skills. Street art galore, fashion everywhere and Mark Tuckey.

I learnt that Uber sucks in the CBD. GPS accuracy works to 10m. But what happens when there are fifty people around and your driver passes you and doesn’t come back?

Right, back to the exhibition. It was a pretty major draw card, just look at the photos.

For a while now I have been getting the feeling to design something, so this was the best fuel.

National Gallery of Victoria
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Let me introduce you to John Goulder. This chair was made in 2015 and is now sitting in the National Gallery of Victoria. Amazingly, it is not constructed with formed ply. This chair has been produced using water forming, laminating and vacuum pressing large pieces of cow leather. Very closely echoing my favourite mid century aesthetics. This chair, The Settler, speaks of historical triumphs as European settlers in Tasmania exercised their ingenuity to survive and innovate.

Stunning.

If I see a chair, I must try and work out how it was made, but this is a mystery to me. So much experimentation has gone into it. This is not something you would get right first go. I am glad he persevered. This is a masterpiece.

Below is one of my favourites from the exhibition, it has the quirky impact I love. Embroided detail and randomly placed buttons. It is suggestive of the princess and a pea.

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Detail

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Surrounded by some amazing woven pieces and handcrafted timber chairs.

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Thank goodness they allow photos in galleries now.

Part 2 of this exhibit to come.

 

 

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