Cuba Street was full of people out enjoying the sun, eating lunch and sipping lattes while they sat at tables outside the many cafes which lined the street. It was the last day of the school holidays and the children shrieked as they watched the famous Bucket Fountain splash water all over the footpath.
I was off to Minerva Gallery to check out the exhibition “All Tied Up”. Two exhibitors were showing their creations made from recycled ties. Margherita Allan had a series of wall quilts on show, and Jan Huthwaite was exhibiting some wonderful handbags. As luck would have it, Margherita was in the gallery and she was quite happy for me to photograph her amazing work. It was wonderful to meet her and talk about her passion of working with ties.
All these pieces were very beautiful and some featured yarn couching.
All the bags made by Jan Huthwaite were well worth a close look and there was a lovely dark blue one that I could have happily taken home. I loved the way Jan had colour co-ordinated the ties for each bag, and it was interesting to see the subtle differences between them. The creative talent of these two women is amazing and the two exhibits together certainly compliment each other. Ladies, this shows what can be done with all those ties lurking in your husband’s wardrobe.