Australia has a noble heritage of kitsch. This runs in a long line from giant objects (mostly in Queensland - what is it about Queenslanders and their large food objects?):
To tea towels:
To Dame Edna Everage.
But look at the use to which Suzie Stanford, whose studio is just up the road from me, has put the humble teatowel. She makes bespoke furniture upholstered in vintage Australiana fabrics.
Here are the chairs she has created for Bistro Guillaume using French teatowels.
And here is her work for another wonderful Melbourne place to have a cocktail, Mink Bar at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda.
And who wouldn't feel productive and happy in these office chairs?
Suzie's pieces are incredibly special. Like all creative people she is constantly searching for new ways to express herself. Her latest work is tapestry chairs, and these are the ones she has created for Liberty in London:
And here is another piece.
I would love to just put all her work in this post but that would be overkill. You can see all her creations here. Her other work includes jewelry and lighting - her teaspoon light is at the top of this post.
A final thought for the weekend by the inimitable Dame Edna herself:
'Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all you could be missing out on the joke of the century.'