Finally! Some more photos

Thanks for hanging in there people, I know it’s been a while between posts but you know,we’ve been busy, reeeeeeal busy.

So, without further ado, here are some photos of the almost-ready-to-work-from DEAD + BURIED WORKSHOP!!!!
(some of these are a bit blurry, sigh, seems I should have taken the tripod or used a flash, oh well)

view from the kitchen… new desks, restored desks, and our ‘machine shop’ with perspex window

super sized clock from eBay. Dirty window. Lamp.

the view back toward the shop (unfinished), showing our newly clad wall and the couch.

Dani has started working already……. I’m jealous.

Shoe lasts being sorted into styles and sizes… lots to choose from now!

We have all the desks in situ now, most of our walls sorted, kitchen sorted, machine shop semi equipped and sexy up-lighting plugged in and ready to go. There are still about a dozen things-to-do on the list, but on the whole we’re ready to start working from our little kingdom as of this week. We have an advertisement pending on Creative Spaces and will hit up the social media universe later this week in the hunt for 2 perfect studio pals (or 4 if we have to do a part time share thing)

Again, if you’re reading this and know of a fashion-oriented jeweller or two who is looking for a space, get them to EMAIL US!!
We want to find people we’d love to work with rather than just have to offer the spaces to any ol’ person because we’re strapped for cash.

On the shoemaking front, I have been back at the drawing desk starting to flesh out some ideas, and am being all proactive and FLYING up to Sydney next week on a whim to look at some suppliers up there… the few down here in Melbourne are leaving me a little underwhelmed. Hopefully I return with a bag full of goodies and a head full of inspiration!

Listening to : R Kelly – My Best Friend (and the rest of the Double Up album)
* he is the master of the long winded, curse laden, R & B story rap song.

In Bloom?

Holy smokes, photos of Kurt and Courtney’s little girl have hit the internet, and my has she grown up!
I guess with all those photogenic genes she was pretty much made for a grungy photoshoot or two.

There’ll be a huge amount of Nirvana fans out there (like me) who are  are about to do the math and realise that 19 years (!!) have passed since those photos of Kurt and his baby were all over Rolling Stone. I feel noticably older now.

Rock on Frances, fingers crossed you cruise along happily from now on and don’t go the burnout route…

Building, moving, arranging.

So, we’re mostly moved in to the studio now, one more trailer load from home, one more trailer load from Dennis the shoemaker and one more from my Mum’s house where our retail fitout is stashed and we’re IN! Again, sorry for the lack of crafty photos and/or studio setup photos, but honestly, it’s not that glamorous. About 90% of the time it’s just Dani or I in there in our ‘old clothes’ covered in either paint, stain or sawdust… dragging heavy things around the room. Taking a photo of it never really seems like a good idea you know?

…this is the best I can do.
Nella’s photo of her using the ‘hot desk’ that is free for drop-in visitors and friends to use.

Last week we had another of what I will now be christening “good fridays” where a whole gang of Melbourne’s best and fairest turned up for a beer, some antipasto and Rum and Coke courtesy of a ring in Mexican hot tamale that one of our friends was hosting for the weekend. Her name is Carmen, and from what I could gather over the noise, she loved Melbourne and hopes to marry Dani one day…

On a good note Dani got approached to collaborate with a Melbourne fashion brand this week and it’s all systems go around here now with Porcelain samples being churned out quick smart.

We also managed to squeeze in a visit to the Bus Projects show last night to see (amongst others) our pal Anita show some KILLER stuff… which we purchased, even though we’re mad broke. Silly us.

Anita Cummins – ‘Draw the Line’

So, although it’s nothing from the Dead and Buried archives, I’ll leave you with some images that have totally won me over this week. It seems a month or more of furniture construction and tetris style layout planning has made me look at these images as the equivalent of studio setup porn. I’m all hot under the collar I tell you.

images of  Michael Johansson’s work from Core 77

See you soon! I’ll be back with some NICE photos of the (almost) finished workshop soon.

Listening to THIS

Click it, have a listen, it’s lovely. Dunno who they are or what their deal is, but that song has been in my head all week.

ps. also, how good are the Jesus and Mary Chain?
Jeez, no matter how many bands you know, there’s always one that sneaks up and kicks you in the shins with a good album and makes you wonder “how did I not listen to them for the last, hmm, 20 years?”

Too many jokes…

Today we put up a wall! Thanks to Dani’s brother and Dad for showing up and sharing their expertise (and proper tools) we now have a stud wall in the corner of the room that will soon be clad and formed into a machine shop.

What do I mean by Too many jokes?
Seriously, you try putting up a wall and not making at least one  joke about an ‘erection’ , ‘getting it up’,  ‘studs’,  ‘noggins’, ‘making it fit’…. you get the drift. Luckily all involved were mature adults, and minimal jokes were made on the night, but I tell you what, they were there in the back of my mind.

It has been pointed out to me over beers that the updates are not arriving on here fast enough, but you know, after ANOTHER day of building things the last thing I feel like doing is typing about it on the internet! That said, here’s a bunch of photos from my iPhone for you all to look at and someone *cough*milly*cough* owes me a beer now for doing this at 11pm on a Sunday.

…lovely hardwood desks in the making. Built to last a lifetime.

Dani staining the first of 3….

… the hole I cut through the wall. See earlier photos for hole-less wall.
Took MUCH more effort than I expected, but it’s done and we now have a nice divided off Kitchen area! woo!

For those who have been keeping watch, we now have the following :
A kitchen, a clean couch, 3 x custom made jewellers desks, 2 x writing desks (2 more to find yet), 4.8 meters of floor to ceiling shelving, a new wall, and old wall with an archway cut into it, a temporary wall, and 3.7 million lasts that I have to sort out and put in the shelves.

I haven’t moved any of my own shoemaking stuff from home yet (sad face) but the focus at the moment is on getting the shared spaces done so that we can move some tenants in asap… rent is killing us! So hopefully next week we’ll shoot some photos and advertise properly.

This week will bring : A meeting with our graphic designer for branding plans, wall cladding (maybe), perspex window installation, jewellers bench staining and varnishing, a new shelf to put our griller / oven thing on, 2 more desks from eBay, 4 chairs, and if i’m lucky, a bench to call my own… plus regular work, dinner with friends, babysitting and no doubt something else we’ve forgotten.

We probably have 2 more weeks of workshop fitout tasks, then we get to do some work and slowly build / install the shop – whilst at the same time making stock for the shop, so that’ll be fun.

a sneak peek from my meeting last week with the awesome Hannah Carlyle. Collaborations!

On a final note, Friday night drinks have kicked off and are fun. Cheap / free beer, good music, good people… heaven I say. Come on up and say hi!

Listening to : Die Antwoord (and Enya, but Dani would hate me to admit that on the internet)