Textile designer Nicola Cerrini.
Milliner to the stars, Louise McDonald.
James Morrison prepares for his London showing.
Fire up your creative juices by visiting the funky little studios of some very talented artists. Smell the paints, touch the clay and absorb the intricate beauty.
Flinders Lane is the heart of the Melbourne art world. Tucked away in studios a whole lot of creating is going on. Now it is possible to take a look inside these funky little workshops with Creatours. Kim Adams and Marie Watt escort people through the work areas of some very creative and talented people.
Nicola Cerrini is a textile designer. She turns fabric into art. She works up a design on paper, then onto film and eventually onto a screen for printing onto fabric.
Julie Carter is a gold and silversmith who has added enamelling to her repertoire and won many awards. The process of enamelling is wonderful to watch.
Next is Louise McDonald’s millinery workshop, full of laces and ribbons, wonderful fabrics and straw. Louise created the beautiful headwear in Pride and Prejudice, Remains of the Day and The House of Elliot, which were perfect ways for her to show off her special talent. Melbourne Cup time is extremely busy for Louise. Every hat takes hours of work before it is seen at Flemington racecourse.
Next on the tour is an attic studio where three artists work in very different fields. Jennifer Mills works with the images of animals, James Morrison turns out some weird and wacky paintings, and Mark McDean dabbles in everything from photography to embroidery.
Creatours will also take tourists outside the city to visit artists in their work environments. You can see potters, glazers and sculptors at work, plus clever people who use waterpaints, oils, crayons and pencils on canvas and paper.
Tour groups are small, and participants have the opportunity to meet the artists and be shown their special techniques and processes. With Creatours you can feel the heat from the kiln, smell the paint, touch the earthy clay and absorb the beauty of the colours used to make the objects of their labour.