I recently had the pleasure of playing tour guide in my home state of Tasmania to my friend Elizabeth from Brisbane in Queensland. Elizabeth and I first connected through Instagram back in 2015. We first met in person back in 2016 when I was on holiday in Queensland and then again in Melbourne in 2017, when we enjoyed the Dior exhibition together.
One of the places we visited was the town of Deloraine , a pretty little town and the centre for many different craft people, hosting a large craft fair early in November that attracts craft people from all over Australia. Another reason for visiting Deloraine was to show Elizabeth the Yarns Artwork in Silk. This is a large scale textile project of four quilted, soft sculpture silk panels , one for each season depicting the people and landscape of the Meander Valley . The work was created by more than 300 local community members and took over three years to complete. I was thrilled to see the hand embroidered name of my late aunt , Carla, on a panel as one who had contributed.
Unfortunately , my photos don’t really capture all the different elements of these beautifully crafted works. If you ever happen to be in Deloraine it is well worth a visit , they are part of the tourist information centre and history museum.
Another day was spent exploring my home town of Launceston and introducing Elizabeth to some of my favourite local shopping stops , Yeltour, Vintage Red Fox and House of Shoes where a bit of shopping may just have occurred. I will admit to have been too busy playing tour guide and photographer for Elizabeth that I neglected to take any local shots myself.
Later in the week we drove south to Hobart , our state capital and home to MONA ( Museum of Old and New Art). Mona opened in 2011 and is Australia’s largest private museum built by David Walsh , to house his collection of ancient, modern and contemporary art. The collection is described by its owner as “subversive adult Disneyland” , the collection includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to the sometimes weird and wonderful .
Mona is on the Derwent River and can be reached by road but for the full experience we arrived by the Mona Ferry , complete with a choice of either sheep or tiger seating.
After ascending the steps you arrive at the entrance to check in (Covid ) and start exploring.As rain was forecast (although it didn’t eventuate) we decided to spend time in the grounds before venturing inside.
Another visitor kindly snapped this shot of Elizabeth and I together , excuse the graininess it was sent to me from Elizabeth’s phone. Elizabeth is a clever girl and made her wonderful outfit , I am wearing a recycled Akira Isagowa coat , worn over cream Moyuru pants and a cream knit.
The museum is built into a sandstone rock face and comprises four floors, mostly underground. I like a quote on their website that must apply to many visitors ” not sure about the art but the architecture is amazing”.
Hope you enjoyed a peek at Mona , we had a wonderful day , there was so much to see we didn’t even stop for lunch. I had visited several times previously but not for a few years and sharing it with Elizabeth was such a joy.
I will finish the post with a few outfit shots. Joining Gail for Wow on Wednesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday. Best wishes to all .