Peaches + Keen ‘Botanical Calamity’ @ Modern Times

27 03 2014

Oh you all know of my fondness of Peaches + Keen. It’s unashamed I tell you.

The colourific ladies have a show of some new prints in ‘Botanical Calamity‘ at Modern Times.



It’s not a gallery space but one of my favourite kinds of stores, a mid-century furniture store … be still my beating-for-rosewood heart! And for my mind the beautiful prints sit quite a peace next to the gorgeous furniture.

The new work continues to showcase their love of nature. The motifs are delicate, gold-leaf is used sparingly for highlights (but for the outrageously fabulous cactus, where it is generously applied to fabulous effect) and their playful feel for combining colour is evident.



I think I say this about every one of Peaches + Keen’s exhibitions – it was a delight and a joy. I always walk away from their shows with a smile.

Botanical Calamity‘ is at Modern Times until 3rd April 2014.

Other shows from Peaches + Keen:

What colour is…

14 07 2013

Dear Melbourne-dwellers and Melbourne-lovers

I have a simple question … if Fitzroy were a colour, what would it be?

What colour is Fitzroy?

Please tell me your thoughts by comment.
Your replies are important, they may be the foundation of a new body of work.

Love and hugs

Brunswick Street Fitzroy, looking south; 1906; State Library of Victoria (out of copyright); click on image for source

Brunswick Street Fitzroy, looking south; 1906; State Library of Victoria (out of copyright); click on image for source

ps. for example

  • Florence : a darker kind of sienna terracotta
  • Paris : a smudged slightly-off-white
  • Seville : a strong saffron yellow with hint of mustard depth

pps. [14Jul13, 19:22] I’ve been wondering if it’s Eigengrau; my great-grandma was born and raised in Fitzroy, and I often think about the horrible times she and her mother had to live through (early 1900s), in poverty in a poor and pretty rough suburb … and so I imagine them both closing their eyes many times, with fear, with sadness, with exhaustion, and perhaps at times while giggling at something delightful.

Autumn thoughts

1 03 2012

Today is the start of Autumn.

This beautiful paste-up by Klara seemed to reflect my mood today.

photograph taken 1st March 2012

The words are by Maya Angelou:
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

Peaches + Keen Exhibition @ Dagmar Rousset

12 11 2011

Such a fabulous manner in which to spend a beautiful Friday late afternoon – at an exhibition opening for and with gorgeous friends!

Lucy Hearn (also see artist profile) and Lily Daley are Peaches + Keen (see my review of their previous exhibition); their latest exhibition is at Dagmar Rousset (Gertrude Street, Fitzroy).

photograph with permission

A significant part of the exhibition is in the window – which makes for wonderful walking past, though not so wonderful photographs in the late afternoon due to reflections.

In this exhibition the ladies concentrate mostly on hanging plants and continue their employment of gorgeously bright and cheery colours. I do love the crocheted plant holders and the scale is just lovely.

photograph taken with permission

There is also a small number of stunning two-dimensional works – black and white plant highlighted with bright colour collage or thread. The one second from the right above is particularly effective.

And yes, there were lollies at the opening – I do have a soft spot for lolly bananas.

photograph with permission

The above little plant was my favourite. You can see that each little plant had a Lucy pin planted in the soil, too cute. And that’s Lucy in the background of this image.

Dagmar Rousset is an outrageously colourful store and it lightens the heart to see such playfulness and joy.

photograph with permission; at the opening

Lucy has some super images on her blog too.

I’m not actually sure how long the exhibition will be up for … so saunter by at your earliest convenience and share the colourful love.