Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Bob Grawi

Chess in the round Bob Grawi

Chess in the round by Bob Grawi

Living as I do with a games nut who is particularly partial to chess, this is a must have!   A fantastic looking board also appeals to the aesthetically inclined.   I found this gem whilst browsing for handmade musical instruments as the very talented inventor of this game also makes all manner of other things.  Included amongst his creations is this wonder:

Gravicord by Bob Grawi

Gravikord by Bob Grawi

This is the ‘Gravikord’ , an electric double harp developed from the West African kora; patented & trademarked by Bob Grawi.  Innovative & a beautiful design.   Take a look at these & some of Bob’s other amazing work at his online store NewMuse


Upcoming Exhibition!

Technical Tamara paper sculpture

Technical Tamara is about to make her debut as part of a Melbourne Fringe Festival exhibition from September 23rd until October 11th .   She’s very excited to be taking part in ‘Echo’s Lost’, an exploration of memory and what is left behind when the memory fades.

She & her companions from 14 other Omnific Assembly artists will be available for viewing 24 hours a day in the window of Circa Vintage Clothing store,  102 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.    Of course if you go during Circa’s opening hours you can also be tempted by their gorgeous collection of vintage treasures too!

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Deconstructress

deconstructress the scream gown

Drool!  This truly amazing gown by Utah artsist Steph is hand painted with her interpretation of Edvard Munch’s The Scream; no chance of having someone else turn up in the same dress with this one!  Steph’s fabulous creations are either made from scratch or from cleverly recycled wedding dress samples.  Take a look at more of her incredible work in her online store, Deconstructress.

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: benconservato

Ern Malley 4Ern Malley coverErn Malley 2

Wonderful 16 page (including covers) screen printed book ‘The Ern Malley Affair : Le Scandale Ern Malley’ by Sydney artist Emma Kidd.

This is a  inspired by the poems of Ern Malley “The Darkening Ecliptic”, one of Australia’s greatest literary hoaxes (to read more about this: The Ern Malley Poetry Hoax)

Absolutely stunning meld of hand pulled screen printing & mixed media make up this wonderful art object; just perfect for the poet, history lover, delighter in hoaxes or art collector in your life!  More of Emma’s work is available at her store benconservato

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Munglerump Studio

mekey tote bagsitting girl tote bag

Practical, eco-friendly, budget friendly & gorgeous; what more could you ask for?   These are just two from the range of tote bag designs by Geelong artist Zoe, available from munglerumpstudio.  They’re so fabulous I’ve already bought one & I  want them all!