For many years now, Jasmina Krupic has been on Milly Sleeping's 'list' (or lists)... as a jeweller whose work we've housed, as a participating artist in several of our exhibitions, as a friendly face about town and as a general do-er of interesting things to try to keep up with.
Recently, Jasmina's jewellery business has come to a pause, as she's taken herself back to study in the gold and silversmithing workshops of RMIT... but when we decided that our exhibition for MSFW would be jewellery-based, we were very keen to see what she had been up to and invite her to be involved. Many thanks to Jasmina for juggling this show with her studies and other projects, and the sad loss of her tool box!
She has made two new pieces for Stringing Things Together (which look just great on beautiful Ilia, who did us the great favour of coming back to Milly to model the exhibition pieces). The works started out as three-dimensional representations of a collage series, also produced by Jasmina, and were assembled using bits and pieces from her studio. The works look both unrefined and highly refined - spontaneous and imperfect but wonderfully balanced in terms of materials and colour.
The necklace pictured here at top can actually be pulled entirely apart and (importantly!) reassembled. Its four steel shapes and yellow silk thread are held together by three very strong magnets, which means that it can be drawn into all kinds of configurations, strung at different lengths, or - I guess - hold up papers on your fridge.
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Mild steel, paint, linen thread, magnets
Price on application
Rope, steel, cloth tape
Stringing Things Together can be viewed until Sept. 29 on Fridays and Saturdays between 12pm* and 6pm at Von Haus, 1A Crossley Street, Melbourne. The individual pieces can be purchased for collection after the exhibition period. Enquiries: email@example.com.
*Except for Friday September 14, when we will be at Von Haus from 2pm - apologies.
Small deliveries are happening every few days at the moment, and our racks are beginning to really blossom.
We'll take some better snaps soon but, in the meantime, do drop by for a browse at our gradually growing garden ... This week, we received new garments from Tettmann.Doust, Lui Hon and Limedrop... and expect more soon from Romance Was Born and ffiXXed.
Even though we're already nearing the end of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Milly Sleeping's LookStopShop jewellery showcase - Stringing Things Together - is, happily, still near its beginning.
Including today and tomorrow, there are four weekends left in which to visit. Over the course of September, we'll be posting more pictures and information about the participating artists and their works but, for now, here is an initial close-up of some of the wonderful pieces on display by Anna Varendorff, Jasmina Krupic, Deirdre Hoban, Maripossa (Lauren Besser), Alexi Freeman, Allys Ellen (Allys Phillips) and MüCKE (Ellie Mücke).
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Stringing Things Together can be viewed btwn 12pm & 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays until Sept. 29; upstairs at Von Haus, 1A Crossley Street, Melbourne.
Yesterday was the third day of Spring and the first full official day of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week ...
It was the day that we finally said fond goodbye to Gracia + Louise's charm of finches ...
... and the day that Ilia (a student of RMIT's Diploma of Visual Merchandising Course) came to install a new window display - with a little help from Ra the cat, and various passersby (who offered Ilia their advice, and me their commiseration for the graffiti I was painting over).
As you can see, Ilia devised a simple, elegant concept to introduce Spring - which, we have heard, looks very striking from across at the Post Office. As time goes by, the windows will reveal more of Milly Sleeping's Spring Summer 2012/13 collections arriving in store.
Right now, we have a few gorgeous pieces remaining by Romance Was Born, new tops and dresses by Livia Arena and Kuwaii, and the striking prints of High Tea with Mrs Woo.
Thank you Ilia!
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Pictured: High Tea 'The Lorax' dress (RRP $328);
High Tea 'Now Playing' skirt (RRP $238)
Kuwaii linen tees in natural and poppy (RRP $129)
Milly Sleeping is very excited to present this new project, which is our first exhibition dedicated to jewellery, and our first time working with several of the designers listed above. We hope you can make it to the 'launch' during Open Haus, this Saturday!