Wednesday already! As mentioned last week, the LookStopShop program starts today...
This is a city-wide installation series; there are 24 sites (mostly stores and a few galleries) having their windows and walls worked over by great local artists and artisans. You can see a full list of participants and locations here...
Milly is on the map, twice! The lovely, and very fastidious and patient, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, have created two new pieces for our spaces:
A Charm of Finches Good as Gold, comprising one hundred golden paper pretties (who came in quiet order and are now flying excitedly this way and that in our windows at Carlton), and...
Whose Lights Were Now Seen Glittering, a series of 28 collages. Six of these works sit among friends in a gorgeous old display cabinet in the downstairs foyer of Von Haus, while the other 22 can be discovered back at Carlton.
We'll tell you more about the themes and stories that inspire the works soon but, for now, a few quick snaps:
Gracia and Louise's beautiful digital prints can be ordered as individual pieces, for $40 each. We also have a very delicious-looking selection of (sun-drenched) zines created by the pair in limited editions, and we will soon be receiving a particularly special zine featuring all of the new works in the Whose Lights series. For updates, and all sorts of insights and delights, you might follow G + L on the book, Twitter or at their respective blogs, High Up in the Trees and Elsewhere.
Many many thanks to Gracia and Louise, and curators, Moth Design, for all of their hard handiwork.
Clockwise from top left:
a feast for the eyes - 'The Bride, The Ship and The Wardrobe' - Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales curate The Johnston Collection at Fairhall, with a special presentation of works by themselves (AKA Romance Was Born) and Kate Rohde (picture from a nice little article by Tempe Nakiska at Broadsheet);
'non-working title', an installation of new work by Fiona Lau and Kain Picken (AKA ffiXXed) at glorious Craft Vic (picture by Lily Feng);
'How the light gets in' - an exhibition of artworks at e.g. etal by contemporary jewellers and artists including, and inspired by, Emma Grace (pictured pieces by Nicholas Jones, Ellie Mücke and Kate Tucker);
'Rough diamonds, hidden gems' - a preview to two window installations by Gracia & Louise, curated by Milly Sleeping (AKA 'us') for both our city and Carlton spaces. We can't wait to reveal more... This project will be part of the Look.Stop.Shop program curated by Moth Design for the City of Melbourne, starting July 18.
Such is the light and chipped-paint splendour of Von Haus, when we ventured there to take a series of 'practical' photos for our online store, we couldn't help but get carried away with the old point-and-click.
But don't the garments look so beautiful here? This is their last weekend in the city! Drop in today or tomorrow, between 12 and 6pm, to see Milly's AF collection at Von Haus, curated beside the beautiful costumes and headpieces, soon to be returned to The Australian Ballet.
All remaining garments will (as of next Tues) be brought back to Carlton, to join the ranks of our sale, while nine styles are available immediately, just across the way. Postage for online orders is free!
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Alexi Freeman mesh gather gown (RRP $325 now $244)
Alexi Freeman chain kite tee (RRP $199 now $149)
Alexi Freeman gather skirt/cape (RRP $199 now $149) with Alexi Freeman Galaxy scarf (RRP $89 now $71)
Alexi Freeman wool cashmere stud coat (RRP $775 now $659)
Alexi Freeman disco bat dress (RRP $292 now $90)
This is what I am dreaming of today - a new pair of Arnsdorf jeans.
Milly Sleeping recently received a small (precious) delivery of indigo and black jeans, to supplement our existing small (precious) stock of denim. There are now mini shorts (a great winter alternative with thick, woolen tights), wide leg and slim jeans. All pairs are reduced because we are in big-time sale mode, hurrah!
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Arnsdorf nude slim jeans (RRP $270 now $162)
Arnsdorf black and blue slim jeans (RRP $245 now $208)
Arnsdorf black and blue wide leg jeans (RRP $245 now $208)
Arnsdorf denim shorts (RRP $198 now $99)
... We've made some promised updates to our online store, inducting a mini-shop of beautiful and basic knitwear by Strange & Strange...
... All of these garments are 100% wool, discounted by between 15 and 30%, and ready to be sent to you at no extra cost...
... We've collected some delightful additions, visiting the shop of Penelope Durston and the studio of Ellie Mücke for our old loves, those coloured gloves, and a new unisex style for Mücke - great tube scarves made using jumper sleeves (we think!), that can be twisted twice or thrice about the neck...
... Our jewellery cabinet has had a little shake-up and all of the pieces have had their prices reduced in accordance with our COLD to HAWT sale (including those that were already marked down)...
... And we've returned to Von Haus, for the second to last weekend of our Alexi Freeman exhibition, composed of beautiful ballet costumes and great garments from past to present. Unfortunately, no, the costumes aren't for sale... but all of the clothes and accessories are, now discounted from 15 - 50%.
We've had a lovely response to the work thus far and really enjoy talking visitors through the various components on display, so if you haven't made it along, please do in these final days.