Whats totally lovely about visiting Syders is that I have some good friends there that I don't see very often ... every 8 years more or less but nothing changes and its always nice to hang out with them again.
One of these old friends is Mr O.
Mr O invited me into his home some 14 years ago, with the vague connection that I exhibited in his brother's workshop in the UK, around the time I started out in the world of selling art to live.
Young, firm, naive and full of hope. Bless.
Like the Kiwis, the Ozzie's know what it's like to travel so they are very generous hosts.
He's a good looking, fast talking, late forty something Aussie in a checked shirt and like me, he likes a good yarn and a a drinky poos.
He loves his balls and there are hundreds around the house.
He also loves a few glasses of vino here and there and like most inhabitants of Sydney, he loves his food.
When I arrived we had roast lamb, rosemary and garlic on our knees in this lovely room amongst the designer paraphernalia and graphic memorabilia.
The house feels like home as I spend nearly two months there as a young back packer... a big dollop of luxury in those days when I bunked it all the way round... and a big friendly pat on the back this time having slept in many many strange beds over the last few months on my Stitchery witchery tour extraordinaire. Great to be back down memory lane ... in the same bed, in the same room, with the same but more, nick nacky noo nars everywhere.
Have things changed that much since I was last here?
Theres a few more balls.
Mr Os fine ball collection.
Boys love their toys eh?
I stared at this a lot with a glass of chilled white wine in my hand and a healthy serving of Mr Os yarns about the women in his life that come and go.
Mr O said that last time I was at No 3, my embroidery consisted of Lowry-esque figures in queues and my work was most definitely Northern England, flat caps and pipes.
Blimey that seems a long time ago now....The first ever exhibition I went to on my own was L.S.Lowry at Salford Museum.
SO...Thanks and Bon Voyage again Ridge Street - hopefully it wont be the last time....
I would love to come back to exhibit in Syders.
I have a girlfriend who has a girlfriend, they both work at Sydney OPERA House and she is interested in helping me to exhibit here somewhere in the next few years.... Sydney and Melbourne would love my work apparently...... You only have to look at the statues which were commissioned of well known textile artists here to brighten up the city.
Now that would be a damn good reason to fly across the other side of the globe again.
Lou Lozzie the wannabe Aussie.