The girls and I had a couple of days in Melbourne last week. We Country Mice need to play at being City Mice every so often. We went to see the Giant Theremin along the Yarra River. If you are like me and have no idea of what I'm talking about, a Giant Theremin is a musical instrument controlled by movement. For two young girls it was near-impossible to resist dancing, twirling, jumping and running past it to activate the movement symphony. I liked it just because of it's gorgeous, rusty colour.
Sticky Institute is a favourite place of mine located in the Degraves Subway, also known as the Campbell Arcade, under Flinders Street. Lined in pale pink 1950's tiles and iron signs, the Degraves Subway is now home to fringe artists and a jumbled collection of small businesses. I love to walk down the stairs entering a world so different from the bustle of the train commuters up on Flinders Street Station. Nothing seems to have changed in the last sixty years.
Back to the Sticky Institue, this is an artist-run initiative promoting the creation of handmade publications, or zines. You can sit in the store to make your zine if you wish, there are old typewriters for use, or browse the hundreds of zines for purchase hanging in the window and on shelves along the walls.
There was snacking in groovy cafes, hanging out in Smiggle for what seemed like forever, seeing the kids movie "Mirror Mirror", wandering through bookstores and climbing over all the pieces of sculpture dotted around the City, oh and noticing the reflection of St. Pauls Cathedral in a building along Swanston Street.
Apart from the disastrous moment when I realised my car keys weren't in my handbag when we were laden down with luggage at the car and ready to leave, it was a fabulous couple of days.
Hope you're all enjoying the holiday break.
And yes I found the keys, they had fallen into my crochet bag which was in the suitcase ...?!