OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building 2014 10th anniversary event!

This year OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building
is celebeating 10 years!

28th & 29th August 2014
4pm - 9pm both nights

The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston St 

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Welcome to the Building Limedrop!

It is always exciting to experience the organic changes in The Nicholas Building. The latest addition to The Cathedral Arcade shops is Limedrop. They have created a beautiful space and in the process uncovered some original features like the Deco metal balustrade on the mezzanine.  Scroll down past the images for a bit of a question and answer about the Limedrop label and their new flagship store.

Thanks Clea for the beautiful images!

1. Tell us a bit about
Limedrop, the history and the product that you stock.

Limedrop is a contemporary womenswear brand that is inspired by the idea that anything is possible! The positive brand ideals can be seen in our use of colour, unique materials, sustainable woods, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail. We design all our own textile prints, develop the garment silhouettes, make a range of soft lingerie and have three ranges of accessories: cherrywood jewellery, rosewood/ resin jewellery and rainbow funglasses.

Limedrop was launched in 2006 and has stocked some of the world's best boutiques around Australia, Japan and Dubai, set up 5 pop-up shops in Melbourne and one in Sydney, been on International showcases around the globe, as well as numerous runways and projects! What a journey... And now we are so excited to have our first Limedrop flagship store in the Nicholas Building in the heart of Melbourne's boutique laneway shopping district!

In the shop we are stocking our current season Limedrop fashions, lingerie and jewellery. We also have Melbourne designed, Radical Yes shoe and OK OK tights.

2. What is your inspiration for the shop?

The shop is inspired by mixing modern elements with the original mid-1920s architecture. The Limedrop boutique is a welcoming oasis in the CBD housed in the creative, iconic Nicholas Building- home to Melbourne's best creatives from jewellers, artists, milners and fashion designer.  We have worked with Moth Design to retain it's beauty such as the 6m high ceilings, deco balustrade, curved concrete beams and original brass door hinges. Our modern elements are the geometric racks and vertical garden that span the full height of the space.

Limedrop Shop
Shop 5 Cathedral Arcade
37 Swanston Street
(Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane)
Melbourne 3000
(03) 9663 0435

Monday- Saturday 11-6pm (Late Friday til 7pm)
Sunday 1-5pm


Studio Space Available September 2014

Studio spaces change with artists and creatives comming and going!
Here is a litttle ad for a space available soon in the building.
Just click on the image to see the details. 


Instagram and the Nicholas Building

Open Studios Nicholas Building
is now on Instagram

 Join us there for images of our beloved Nicholas Building, info on the up comming 10th Anniversary Open Studios event and artist studio updates.


Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Exhibition

Immortal Morsels
May 20 - June 21, 2015

Throughout time and across cultures, folk have made use of an endless repository of enigmatic edibles, administering and worshiping them with the belief that they may house magical and medicinal properties. They have been used to heal, protect and alter our physical and mental states.

Whether flora or fauna, garnered from land or sea, some ingredients take on such divine eminence that the question could be asked, are they food of the gods, or are they gods in themselves?

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russel Place
Melbourne 3000

Hand carved from timber, cast in precious metals and set with stones, Immortal Morsels explores these ideas through a collection of enigmatic jewels, celebrating the mysterious, uncanny and esoteric world of sacred sustenance.
Copyright © 2014 Edition X and Pieces of Eight Gallery, All rights reserved. 


Whats on at the Nicholas Building right now!

Here are a few events that you might like to come along too

1st up is the
 l'uccello 3 day Christmas Shopping event
more info here

 Next up is the
Studio Pop up Sale
Level 4 studio 11
more info here

Also opening tonight is 
Spare Room Project
level 3 studio 4
more info here


BLINDSIDE Exhibition - new work by Japanese artist Ami Yamasaki

During this years OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building BLINDSIDE will be showing a Japanese performance and installation artist. 

Silence is a twin of song.
Silence is born with songs unsung.
Today, song will flow out, silence will flow in.
Before a twin disappear.
From 27 – 31 August, BLINDSIDE is showing new work by Japanese artist AMI YAMASAKI.
Curated by Andrew Tetzlaff,  is part of the The Quiet Addition to The Sonic City and BLINDSIDE Sound Series – an  event series created to explore sound and sonic-related arts projects.
It is supported by RMIT iAIR.
Image: Ami Yamasaki, Every day, die and live, 2013.
About the artist:
Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces and directs films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. As a vocalist, Yamasaki has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan. Yamasaki sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives as each feather she applies alters the dynamics of the space. She sings, pastes, listens and—in her own words
—“little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”


Roxanne Watts - Jet Jeweller, Maker

I began making and selling my Jet jewellery whilst I was a student studying Gold and Silversmithing at University. I am an attentive lover of Victorian jewellery and art. Through my research I came across Whitby Jet, which is a fossilised black gemstone from the monkey-puzzle tree. I have trained in Australia and overseas to gain the knowledge that now forms my basis of making. I combine traditional techniques, design and materials with contemporary practices to create my limited edition or one of custom designs. My range specialises in featuring black stones ranging from the " black as night " Whitby Jet and includes black spinel, onyx, cz and black diamonds.

On the light side of my making I delve into carving mammoth tusk from the prehistoric mastodon elephant. This tusk is not classed as ivory as mammoths naturally became extinct during the ice age. Tusk is a beautiful cream coloured material, it is a subtly patterned material that I use as a gem to compliment my dark pieces.
All of my Whitby Jet and Mammoth tusk pieces are traditionally hand cut, faceted and finished in my studio.
For exhibition pieces I use larger Whitby Jet pieces and cloisonné enamel, combining traditional techniques and materials with contemporary materials such as aluminium, ebonite and mild steel.
I am honored to design and make wedding rings for people looking for the more unusual styled item.
I love making, creating, exhibiting and I always try to evolve my practice.

I divide my time between creating works in the studio, sessional teaching at CAE as well as working in the TV industry on film.


OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building 2013 invite

Please join us for our annual twilight event next week
Thursday 29th August
Friday 30th August
4-9pm both nights

37 Swanston St
Melbourne 3000
(cnr of Swanston Street & Flinders Lane)

lift access via Cathedral arcade

And this year we have two brand new lift to get you up and down the building

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Nicholas Jones - News from the studio........

State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship

June 2012 - June 2013 
Nicholas Jones has just completed a 12 month creative fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, here is what he's been up to... 

"In early 2011 I applied for a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship. My concept, to develop a series of works inspired by the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first atlas ever to be purpose printed in 1570. A series of original coastlines cut into the covers of atlases and books. The use of landmasses and coastlines had become a focus in my work and the thought of making a whole global series was very exciting.
From spending time with this original text the scale and ambition of the project quickly started to grow. Over the 12 months I produced over 20 works, as well as making a number of commissions for the University of Melbourne Library, The Melbourne Welsh Church and private collections.
The State Library is an institution of huge resource, human knowledge as well as books and archives. I gained an insight into all facets of the library and its employees, feeling that the works produced at SLV have more gravitas than works produced at other studios. This rare opportunity inspired me into producing the quality and quantity of work. Having the opportunity to be exposed to hundreds of years old books and items of historical significance not always on display, has given me and a new respect for state cultural institutions like the SLV".


Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Exhibition Opening 17th August

Stephen Mc Laughlan Gallery

The Nicholas Building
Level 8 Room 16
Melbourne 3000

Gallery Hours
Wednesday - Friday 1pm-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
or by appointment 0407 317 323 

Click on the images to read the details


Feldenkrais Movement Education and Therapy

Ongoing weekly classes
  • City, Tuesday 7.30-8.30am, Network Centre (Soul on Swanston), Level 1, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St. (corner Flinders Lane)
  • City lunchtimes, Tuesday 12.45-1.30pm, Network Centre
  • Hawthorn, Wednesday 10.00-11.00am, Odiyana Buddhist Centre, 14 Auburn Grove.
  • 10 classes $200, single class $25
  • New students welcome anytime
  • Bookings, enquiries to Ralph Hadden ralph.hadden[at]gmail.com 
“Natural Flexibility” (Feldenkrais) classes and workshops at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 
Bookings and enquiries to CAE: phone 03 9652 0611, web www.cae.edu.au.
  • Next weekly class: 6.00-7.00pm Thursdays x 8, from 25th July 2013. $185, code DJI56303
  • Suitable for beginners and continuing students, for adults of all ages, all levels of fitness/unfitness


Holistic Approach Kinesiology & Bowen

The Nicholas Bulding
Level 1

Lisa Charleston

0434 863 611 

Lisa Charleson is a Holistic Kinesiologist, Bowen Therapist, Teacher, Workshop facilitator and owner of Holistic Approach Kinesiology and Bowen Therapy.
Lisa holds a Diploma of Health Sciences Kinesiology from the Australian College of Complementary Medicine, Melbourne. She has been practicing since 2009 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Kiensiology.
Lisa also has a Certificate IV of Bowen Therapy from the Border College of Natural Therapies, Woodonga. She studied under Chris Reed in Geelong, who is the president of the Bowen Association of Australia, of which Lisa is a member.


Open Studios Nicholas Building Video

Made by Punchy Productions in 2010 this video is just a small taster of what OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building is all about. Enjoy.......



Level 2


found object, recycled, remade, renewed


Flatland OK moving sale!

Dearest Friends of Flatland OK,
Please come to the Flatland OK moving sale. 
This is a once in a lifetime chance to scoop up a rare, unreleased or classic Flatland Ok object. 
A Free 70 page Flatland OK comic will also be given to all who attend.
see down at sugar town,
The Founder.
Friday 28th June 4:30 till 9:00 pm 
at the Nicholas Building (37 Swanston st) level 8 studio 10.


Claire McArdle - Exhibition


an exhibition of contemporary jewellery by Claire McArdle

Opening - Monday April 22nd 6-9pm

April 23-28th 2013

No Vacancy Gallery
34 - 40 Jane Bell Lane


Marche Rouge Christmas Market 2012

Marche Rouge

 Christmas Market at the Nicholas Building

It is time again for this fun event featuring gorgeous christmas gifts and decorations including a wide range of lovely treats handmade in by local artisans and crafty folk. Join us for a little yuletide cheer, start on level two and then explore.

November 29 - December 1st

Thurs & Fri 10am - 8pm   Sat 10am - 5pm

37 Swanston Street, enter via Cathedral Arcade


OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building 2012

Join us as the OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building 

celebrates its 8th year!

A twilight event allowing a rare glimpse of Melbourne's Art and Craft culture

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Thursday 16th August & Friday 17th August 2012

37 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000
corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street
(lift access via Cathedral Arcade)


Simon MacEwan - Exhibition

Simon MacEwan - all that is solid melts into air

Opening Night
Wednesday 11 July, 6pm
12 July - 18 August, 2012
2-4 Carlton Street Prahran 3181 Australia

Watcher, 2012, watercolour on paper, 56 x 76cm, © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery


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