Operated by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, it was a convent for poor or vulnerable girls and women for over a hundred years. At its peak in 1912, over a thousand women and girls stayed at the convent or attended the day school. The site is now open to the public and housed studios, galleries and eateries.
TLG would have loved the grounds.
We didn't try out the cafe as we were still full from lunch at Curzao. Instead, we wandered around and enjoyed the tranquil settings.
Mr C took a photo of me soaking up the winter sun.
One of the best discovery of this trip was the work of Nicola Cerini. She has a showroom in the Convent and Mr Curious and I spent a long time admiring her designs. Her partner John patiently answered our 1001 questions.
Cerini designed an array of beautiful fabrics.
I fell in love with this pleated silk print.
I really want to use the fabric for our sofa cushions (I have one behind my back and one on top of my lap as I type) but I'm not sure if the silk is too delicate. John kindly cut a sample for us to keep and I'm going to do some research.
Mr Curious was attracted to Nicola's floor rugs. The Impatiens rug was on display at the studio. Pretty, isn't it?
Mr Curious' favourite is the Alhambra:
If we ever move to a house with floorboards we will definitely consider getting one of her rugs.
I couldn't leave without getting something, so I bought a set of oven mitt and pot holder in this gorgeous Blossom print.
This trip was about Mr Curious and I spending time together so shopping was not high on the agenda. I did pick up a few knick-knacks.
From top then clockwise:
- A pen holder from Typo for my hair brushes in the bathroom (now that it's all tidy)
- The Daily Mood, a flipchart with 47 emotions in cute cartoons, and amusing facts about each one on the other side, e.g.
- A pair of fortune-cookie themed trainer chopsticks for my FIL
- A pack of race car stickers for TLG
These two buildings are across the road from either other. I love Melbourne's diverse architecture.
Ah, it was such a lovely trip. The next one can't be too far away, can't it?