Ida’s Silk Painting workshop Part-2

Last week I’d posted an article with photos from the workshop by Ida of Studio 941. The actual name of the workshop, according to their Facebook page, is “Studio 941 MYO Hand-painted Silk Scarf Workshop”, and in that first of the two-part workshop, the girls finished the smaller practice piece, and was just getting started on the square silk scarf.

Studio 941 Silk Painting workshop at Colour Box Studio

Eager to see how they turn out, I went back to Footscray to document the second part.

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White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

The city streets in the CBD were closed off of all cars, trams and bikes, and the massive flow of people filled the tram path and laneways. It was a very unusual sight in Melbourne. But first, some food. Fortunately, a table was just vacated at the French crepe restaurant off the crowded Flinders Lane. We sat down to watch the typical French ways of the waiter and enjoyed the good food.

We were just going around the block, and avoiding the main streets that are way too crowded, we managed to check out some of the recent additions of graffitis on the laneways.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

I’d picked up the brochrue for the event so I was relatively aware of the rich list of street, open to public free performances, including jazz by some well-known local performers, light art on the building walls, galleries were also going to open its door all night to host special exhibitions. But I had no idea how massive it was going to be. I got on a train and saw lots of people filling it, and yet I still thought they were all going to some music concert or sporting event. Little did I know the streets of Melbourne were full of people like New Year’s Eve!

Tired of walking, many people found a place to sit down inside galleries and, like us, ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Images http://www.acmi.net.au/ ). I wonder if ACMI has ever seen so many people filling its permanent display down stairs! My faint hope of seeing some of Andy Warhol’s 16mm footages were quickly scratched off, when we saw the queue building up at the stairs (little did we know, again, it would be almost 5 times longer by the time we had enough rest downstairs and came back up!).

White Night Melbourne 2013

Stepping outside, the crowd was going through the Bollywood dancing sequence with dancers demonstrating on the main stage and the big TV above it. We stepped across the crowd to go down towards the river, when the music changed to Latino. Our friend was just talking about how she wished they put on Salsa a minute ago, so I yelled them back and went back up to find a spot in the square. Her friend, who just got off the plane from UK for a holiday earlier today, has never danced salsa, and found himself learning the steps with everyone in the crowd. I managed to find a group of 3 girls and asked one of them to dance with me. It had been ages since I (tried to) lead a girl to the tunes of salsa. But it was fun dancing for a good half an hour, thanked her good bye, and then we tried the African dance that followed.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

Up on the Princess Bridge, artists were working on the illuminated letters of WHITE NIGHT. It always amazes me how those visual artists can come up with such designs that fill that space and bring about such interesting experiences.

White Night Melbourne 2013

Well past 2am in the morning, again, feeling a bit hungry and in need for a place to sit down, we headed down Southbank.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

3am, the cafes at Southgate are all closed. Same goes for the river-side cafes at Crown. We settled for the coffeeshop at the foyer leading into the casino entrance. At least they had cake and drinks we needed.

White Night Melbourne 2013

Bidding good night to friends, I walked solo back the southbank towards NGV. Almost 5am, still got a couple of hours to check out the two photography exhibitions that are on concession entry fee tonight. Upon turning up the steps back up towards Arts Centre I now recall the art exhibitions on tonight. The music was playing loud in that tent in front of Arts Centre, which we so should have checked out, but I personally preferred the NGV. And then I saw that installation – the one that gives you the sensation of touching the cloud.

White Night Melbourne 2013

It’s this big pile of what looks like the bubble that build up on the surface of water in washing machine. It seems the stuff keeps bubbling out so some pieces may fall, or stretch out close enough to people, who would then grab some piece off (yes, you can touch the cloud!), and gently lift it up to float above our heads. Like cloud, really. It was pretty cool sight. Expression on people’s faces said it all.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

By the time I’d seen enough of this, I decided I was just too tired to properly appreciate photography exhibitions right now. There is still the exterior wall light paint that I wanted to photograph, and there are more on the street, I was sure. Picking up the heavy gear and tripod reluctantly from cloak room again, I stepped outside again.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

6am – the morning was approaching. Everyone was looking forward to the first light of the day, leaning against the Eastern side of the Princess Bridge.

White Night Melbourne 2013

White Night Melbourne 2013

Big crowd was building on the other side of the bridge, though, with the band and a large group of chorus singing what sounded like Big Band marching and funky music. Some people cannot hold themselves down and start dancing, clapping hands, cheering to the music. Then the band moved on to under the roof of the station, where I could hear their sound much better. But the time was up. With the last tune of the Saints Are Marching In, they wrapped up their performance, and with the happy exhaustion on their face, the band pushed through people back towards the bridge.

White Night Melbourne 2013

And then, all of a sudden, the another day was already here.

White Night Melbourne 2013

How did you enjoy your White Night?

Blender Lane Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

I had come across this ‘artists market’ once, maybe last year. I was just walking around with a camera in my hand, and happened across it. There were stalls with hand crafts and arts on display for sale, and there was a building in the back that looked like a resident artist workshops. Time flew by and my friend Bee, the painter, told me she’s setting up her stand there, telling me this is a weekly thing that is on Wednesdays during the summer. So I decided to go and check it out.

All the photographs here were taken with permission from the event organiser and artists. Let’s not just ‘grab a shot’ of people when they set up business in a public space. Candid is one thing, and I love candid snaps – that’s what I do. But people busking and doing business… it would be nice to just ask – ‘Mind if I took a photo?’ If they say ‘Yes’, then just walk away.

Anyhow, thank you, everyone, for allowing me to photograph those images of your creative environment. As I said before, you see any issue with any of photos of you up on this blog or Facebook, please let me know.

If you have not been to one of these, do check it out (Facebook page here). It is in a laneway just off Franklin Street, only a block away from the Night Market that is on at Queen Victoria Market.

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Joo Lee of Lord Butler (Flowers and Gifts shop) can arrange flowers for personal gifts, corporate or any other purpose, with an earthy, organic touch. Her small pots of plants all looked so cute in there! Thank you for helping me with a bouquet, too!

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Splash Baron (Facebook page) also stopped by for a moral support to his friend Bee.

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

For Bee’s art, please find her contact in her Facebook page.

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Mario of ‘happymaree’ badge shop just opened a store in Yarra Ville. But you can find his friendly face here at the market.

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Blender Ln Artists Market

Sarah’s cup cake looks sensational, too!

Another Wednesday is coming! See you at the Artists Market!!

Melbourne Open House

a long queue
a long queue

On Sunday, after the morning session in the studio, I rushed into the city. Only in the morning did I hear about this Melbourne Open House. I think I heard it on radio or TV not long ago, but I heard only a part of it and did not register. And I don’t subscribe to the paper so I missed the ad, too. It is basically one weekend in a year when the city opens up many famous buildings – heritage or modern design architecture – to the public. Flipping through the website on iPhone I noticed there is a photo contest as well. This is promising! When I got to Collins and Queen corner, it was just after 1pm and the queue had stretched 15-20 metres around the corner up Queen street. Somebody was saying the waiting time is about 1 hour. I took it to mean 1.5 hour.

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