The Treasury – exploring the Nicholas Building

Any Melburnian who hasn’t been sleeping under a rock for the past few weeks would know that the State of Design festival is on at the moment. There’s heaps on, and I’m very excited about Melbourne Open House which is this weekend (I went last year too!).

Something that isn’t on the program but is an iconic building none the less is the Nicholas Building (they are running an open studio event tomorrow and Friday though!). I think it’s the only building in Melbourne (in Australia??) which still has a lift attendant, and she’s made the lift her own, with a little heater and fake flowers and photos of her grandkids and pets and all sorts of things stuck all over the walls. Unfortunately the day I went recently, that lift was not operating so I couldn’t get a shot, but I have lots of other photos for you instead! The reason I was there was for The Treasury, which is a workshop run by jeweller Emma Grace.
This is Emma’s studio, which she shares with some other creative types.

Here’s Eva Dawn’s space:

Cool neckpiece by Tai Snaith…

Target Practice by Jessica Singh

LaLaLand Wrapping Paper by Jessica Singh

Drawn from fashion sketch by Jessica Singh

Random section of the studio, as are the first two shots…

And here are the ladies at The Treasury workshop, eagerly drinking in Emma’s advice on how to repair and remake their old jewellery.

This is a “before” shot of the things I made – the “after” shots are here.

Emma runs the workshops regularly, so if you have an old treasured piece that needs mending, or you want to whip up something new from something old, check her out! The next Treasury workshop is on as part of Craft Cubed with guest designer Anna Davern and Dylan Martorell, info here.