1. Al’s Glass Blowing Studio – GM

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‘I turn a corner and fly down Al’s street. Toward his studio, toward him sitting on the steps.’ – pg 2

So up until Jan 2011, the Abbotsford Convent Mercator building housed a glass blowing studio. I’m a bit bummed it’s no longer there cos glass blowing is pretty freaking cool and I would’ve loved to have been able to check it out (Cath did a lot of observing there while writing Graffiti Moon). However, when we visited the Convent, we didn’t know it was no longer there so we went searching for it. We snuck around the main Convent building, trudging up the stairs to higher levels where we weren’t sure we allowed to go and creeping ourselves out by walking down darkened, deserted corridors and whispering to each other cos we felt like regular talking wasn’t allowed. We eventually gave up, but not before we got a little lost (standard). Luckily, we found our way out, decided to take a few pics of the outside of the building instead and then scampered off back to the car.

HOWEVER HOWEVER. On our earlier trip into Melbourne CBD to find some graffiti art, we visited the Kirra Galleries in Federation Square. There is some seriously beautiful art glass work on display in there, so you should check it out if you’re ever around. But do NOT take a massive handbag full of unnecessary crap like the one you can see I’m carrying around in the pic below (what is with the pointing, Rachel?) cos if you knock any of it over with one of those babies, (like I nearly did about 3 times) say goodbye to a shit ton of money.

– Rachel

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