As promised, finally some pictures from the Open Studios at Nicholas Building! Darren and I went on Thursday evening and started from the 9th floor. We've always loved the building for it's old-school lifts. If you go in the day, there's even an attendant in one of the lifts. He's got such a charming funky character, it's hard to not want to chat with him. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet him that night. But anyway, we started from the top floor and worked our way down the different levels.
Coming from a person who lives at the top floor of a walk up apartment, and has to climb 8 flights of stairs every single day! Walking down sure beats climbing up stairs right?
There were quite a number of jewellery makers opening up their studios this year. But there weren't a lot of studios open. I had a chat with a lovely jeweller and she said that because of rent increase, a lot of the previous tenants left. Anyway, that aside, we still got to see lots of talented people's studios. And had lots of fun while doing so.
There were lots of pretty jewellery to see and buy and a printmaker's studio was open too! Unfortunately, I forgot the name of several of the artists and forgot to take namecards too! So yes, if you were there that night or if you know whose works and studios these belong to, let me know because I really want to credit them! Thanks!
We popped into some galleries as well. Blindside Gallery had this funky Lazy Slum interactive art thing going on. We didn't join in, but it sure looked hippie and interesting enough for others to want to join in!
The creative studios of Book Sculptor Nicholas Jones and artist Tai Snaith. I'm a fan of both their works, so it was really nice to be able to see their studios and their work in progress stuff close up. Apart from artist and jewellery studios, there was also this bag maker's studio and a vintage sewing shop that made me really excited. I really wanted a bag but I couldn't afford one so I ended up buying two spools of vintage thread instead from the sewing shop instead. Well, I needed some thread for my Tetley's Tea bag, so why not? Haha.
Oh and did you know, the doll house that you see above, tells you your fortune? Apparently you put a coin in at the side and roll it or something and your fortune gets read. Creepy but fascinating at the same time! Anyway, before I end this really long post, I'd like to share with you pictures of one more special studio.
This space and beautiful jewellery belongs to the really talented Jeweller, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska. I loved every single bit of her space. Her inspiration board, tools and her jewellery. Oh be still my heart! I really wanted one of her necklaces, or maybe an earring, or a ring. Seriously I can't decide which one, I like all of them! But yes, I couldn't afford it ( I'm a broke art student! ) so I could only afford to go ooh and ahh at all the prettiness. Sigh. But yes, I think you all should check out her work. It's amazing!
Alright, thank you so much for making it all the way to the end of this post! it's possibly one of the longest posts I've done in a while. I hope you enjoyed reading every single bit of it!
Did anyone else go to the open studios too?