26 Feb 2012

How do you like your Doilies?

How do you like your doilies? Stitched and stiffened, chopped and  changed, or pinned and patched.
There are dozens of ways to repurpose lacy doilies and  embroidered napkins and we will have all these examples of creative doily upcycling at the "I say Doilies, You say Doyleys" exhibition at Gleaners Inc.
Here is a sneaky peek at some wonderful work already created for the show.........

21 Feb 2012

Hello Doily.....More Info about The Doily Show!

My clever friend Rachel has penned this fabo Press release for......  
‘I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys’
An exhibition of refashioned doily creations from Melbourne and beyond.

Opening Night – Friday March 16th, 5.30 to 7.30
Discounts for opening night shoppers

Exhibition runs Friday March 16th to Friday April 13th
At Gleaners Inc., 2 Ballarat Street, Brunswick
Opening hours: 10 - 5 Monday to Friday, 11 - 5 Saturdays, 11 - 3 Sundays

Ever wondered what to do with those little pocket-sized wonders from grandma’s linen closet? Beyond the protection of fine furniture and show-boating your great aunt’s needlework skills, exactly what is there to do with a doily?

Well, Melbourne’s leading craftisans provide answers with ‘I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys’, a new exhibition opening at Gleaners Inc. in March. Transforming these handmade fancywork treats into new, sometimes functional and always fantastic artworks, the show will feature doilies as its only common thread.  
Contributing to the exhibition is noted textile artist Louise Saxton, local makers Camille Condon from ‘Curlypops’ {her gorgeous brooches and hair clips pictured in store now} and Rayna Fahey from ‘Radical Cross Stitch’ and from NSW, ‘The Quilt Lady’ Melissa Ninham and of course, in-house maker Liz Jones, aka ‘Betty Jo’.   

"Lacy crocheted doilies or embroidered fancywork napkins often sit unloved in a basket at the opp shop. I like to give them a new life, but maintain their decorative aesthetic and functional use.  Says Jones, “Although I chop up the doilies for my work, I'm not destroying the memories attached, but refashioning them for others to enjoy.”

You’ll never look at a doyley in the same way again!

Gleaners Inc. is the latest project from master crafter, Liz Jones aka Betty Jo. Just freshly opened for trading, Jones has found a permanent home to showcase her creations and vintage finds in the coolest precinct of Brunswick. Her new store is dedicated to all things handmade, reused, up-cycled and remastered.  It’s a hope chest of beautiful and quirky things to adorn both you and your home,   spotlighting Betty Jo’s unique linoleum wearables and decorative pieces (as featured in Design Files, and also available at Craft Victoria and other great stores).
Gleaners Inc. operates as Jones’ studio as well as store, providing a neighbourhood outlet for like-minded makers in the community as well as the perfect location for Betty Jo.  So, come check it out !

17 Feb 2012

Doily Inspiration...

We are cranking up the making for the "I say Doilies, you say Doyleys" exhibition at Gleaners Inc.
If you are definitely submitting a piece, please confirm by leaving a comment here on the blog, on Facebook  or by email at gleanersinc@gmail.com. 
If you have finished your masterpiece I am accepting high res. images to use for publicity so send them in!
And for your doily viewing pleasure, some of my favourite finds a la doily...........
Skoily by  Skull a day
Dreamy Quilt by MrandMrsCharlie
 Duck n' Doily cushion by Love from Hetty and Dave

8 Feb 2012

The Doily Exhibition

Thanks everyone for spreading the word about the "Doily Thang". The dates are now official: Opening night is March 16th and it will run to April 6th. {or a wee bit longer if all is looking peachy). Opening night will involve drinks and creative mingling. Mark it in your diaries!

Other details : 
::Drop your creations into Gleaners Inc. or post to Liz's place  the week beginning Monday 12th March. email gleanersinc@gmail.com for opening hours and my address.

::If your work will be for sale, Gleaners Inc. will be taking a small commission (20%), so price it accordingly.

::Pieces should not be too large. We are only a little shop!

::All mediums accepted. If your work is sculptural, let me know so I can organise plinths etc.

:: If you have some high res images of your work email them to us so we can use them in the promotion! 

::Everyone is invited to the Exhibition Opening on Friday the 16th March from 5.30 to7.30pm

::Go crazy at the opshops and gather ye olde doilies.

::Any more questions? Just ask.

5 Feb 2012

"I say Doilies, You say Doyleys"

Submissions are open for a new exhibition in the Stairway to Nowhere Gallery at Gleaners Inc.
Start collecting doilies {or doyleys} and repurpose those beauties into something gorgeous!
If you love doilies, whip them out from under the ornaments, get crafty and give the humble doily a NEW life. Gleaners Inc. wants your Doily Craft! 
This exhibition will be in late March , so plenty of time to get inventive with the DOILY!!!!
Contact Liz for more details : gleanersinc@gmail.com

3 Feb 2012

Getting Hearty

A shop that sells sweet gifts could not just decide to forget all about Valentines Day could it?
I decided some heart action was called for,  so out came the pinking shears, the doily stash and the miniature pegs, and Voila! Instant hearty bunting.
The hearts are also for sale {with a couple of pegs per heart} so you can string up your own!
Visit Gleaners Inc.to pick up yours or drop us a line and we'll get them to you quick smart.
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