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melbourne fashion festival, knit/craft happenings

we were just a tad shocked going through the craft victoria highlights of loreal melbourne fashion festival, which is on throughout march. their highlights have none of ours, so we figured…better let you know about ’em.

starting tonight with their launch, material culture is an exhibition of RMIT textiles and design alumni (not only students, but also teachers & staff), which we’re hoping is going to be showcasing some wonderful knitwear. given that lotta apted locked herself away for a month with knitting machines, it’s looking good!

penthouse mouse will be showing another RMIT alumni – wendy voon who has her knitwear as part of the exhibition. also featured are gusset faves limedrop who are going from strength to strength in fashion.

wendy voon @ penthouse mouse

wendy voon @ penthouse mouse

we’re particularly thrilled about the opening of the textile and fashion hub in richmond. having such a hub means that micro businesses and labels have a shot at sampling and/or creating a range and learning about the process here in australia, rather than relying on going overseas. we’re looking forward to seeing how we might be able to extend ton of wool into a product with them, if that’s feasible.

in terms of other events, nikki gabriel who specialises in hand/hand machined knitwear and a knitwear range for the DIY crowd, is running a pop up shop fri march 2nd, saturday 3rd. details on her blog.

also on this friday night is the launch of north city 4, a community space which offers tenancy, creativity and education in the form of a shared jewellery & object studio. launch night features marcus westbury, known as the guy whose hobbies include rejuvenating cities such as newcastle – check out the TED video.

finally, we’re turning a little new leaf here by blogging everyday in march. if you’d like to find out more about the challenge or how to contribute then head to the squiggly line.