LOOK WHAT MY LITTLE SISTER IS DOING!
Vicky Kalokathis, my little sister and my very first student has embarked on a new venture. She has launched her fashion label, Love Kiki.
Vicky has been making clothes for herself for many years and was constantly complemented and asked from where she got them. This was the impetus to start her line. Her clothes are smart and comfortable and very easy care. Made from versatile and forgiving jersey, they are great for travel and can be worn casually or dressed up. I'm extremely proud of what my little sister has achieved and I wish her great success. I have included just a small number of her pieces but if you'd like to see more click on Love Kiki.
And now for something completely different. My ikebana colleague, Robyn Unglik, put on an exhibition of Ikebana in metal containers that were made for her by her husband, Harry Unglik and their friend, Marcel Mittelman. These two, very creative artists met some years ago and realized that their families originated from the same small town in Poland. They share a studio/gallery, which they call 'Landsman', a Yiddish word which means 'Coming from the same area'.
In late October they, together with Robyn, put on an exhibition of their works, which I was fortunate to go and see. I was quite impressed, not only by the quality and artistry of the work but, also, by the variety of mediums. Harry is a GP by profession and, when he is not working at the practice, he is at the studio. Marcel started out in jeans manufacture. In those days he had imported machinery for his business from overseas, for which there were no mechanics to service them. Marcel had to learn how to do that himself, which led him to engineering and, later to sculpture.
Robyn's Arrangements -
Sculptures by Marcel Mittelman -
This is a very talented and creative family. Robyn's mother, Helen Novic, has been an ikebanist since before I started. She is now in her nineties but you wouldn't think so to look at her and the quality of her work has not diminished due to age. It is still interesting and modern.
Bye for now,