September 2015 Newsletter #1

  • By Antiques-Art-Design Sydney

Centennial Park Labyrinth (see below for details)



“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn”

Orson Welles

Hello from Antiques-Art-Design,
This is a welcome newsletter to introduce you to our new store in Potts Point at 3/115 Macleay Street (enter via Orwell Street) and give you a taste of what's happening this month.  We are full to the brim with modernist silver, gemstones and decorative arts.  You can find us online at www.antiques-art-design.comand follow us on instagram @antiques_art_design   We look forward to sharing our new space and finds with you, and from time to time will have special offers and tickets to our events and fairs.  Next week brings the annual AAADA 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair to Randwick, please see below for more details.
As previous recipients of our emails, you have been included in this opening newsletter sharing what's happening this month.  If you no longer wish to receive any further offers or information from AAD, please feel free to unsubscribe below.
Opening next Wednesday 9th September and running until Sunday 13th September, the AAADA 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair is not to be missed - we look forward to seeing you there! Situated at Randwick Racecourse, there are plenty of beautiful treasures to discover.
Women He’s Undressed
Directed by Gillian Armstrong this documentary celebrates the life and work of Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly. A legend of the golden years of Hollywood, Orry-Kelly created costumes for screen legends including Shirley MacLaine (Irma La Douce), Natalie Wood (Gypsy), Bette Davis (Jezebel) and Marilyn Monroe (Some Like It Hot).
IRIS pairs legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style icon and muse. More than just a fashion film, it is a story about creativity, design and how her soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.
Powerhouse Museum Ultimo to see 
Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced
Exhibiting from 5 September 2015–28 August 2016, this is the first exhibition to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer.

Once upon a time… there was a horse named Fine Cotton. ABC broadcaster Richard Fidler interviews author Peter Hoystead about the notorious racing scandal of the 1980s; a classic tale of greed, stupidity and one too many beers.  One of many fascinating conversations from the Fidler archive available at:
Just off Dickens’ Drive, between the Willow Pond and Lachlan Swamp nestles Centennial Park’s hidden treasure, the labyrinth. 262 metres long and made from 1500 seamlessly laid pieces of Wondabyne sandstone and Victorian granite, the labyrinth is both a work of exquisite craftsmanship and a magnificent gesture of civic philanthropy by Dods Zuccon Architects and Ashby Doble Structural Engineers who donated their services to the project, joining hundreds of other corporate and private supporters under the leadership of founding benefactor Emily Simpson.
Modelled on the 13th century pavement labyrinth in the nave of France’s Chartres Cathedral, its layout uses the ancient principles of sacred geometry, in which the proportion of every measurement and ratio is designed to achieve a sublime harmony.
Unlike a maze, which is a puzzle, a labyrinth offers a single path with no dead ends; as the saying goes; you enter a maze to lose yourself, you walk a labyrinth to find yourself. The labyrinth walk has three parts: release on the way in, peace and calm at the centre and resolution as you retrace your steps. In what is either a moving meditation or a right brain workout, depending on your point of view, walking the labyrinth is thought to activate the intuitive, imaginative and creative parts of the brain,  temporarily disorienting the rational mind, enabling you to let go of rigid perceptions and become more receptive to the unknown. In the words of Saint Augustine “Solvitur ambulando” – it is solved by walking.
The therapeutic benefit of walking the labyrinth is evident in the recent construction of over two hundred of them in the US mostly in hospitals and care facilities. Locally, Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital opened theirs in 2012 (also a replica of the Chartres design) and there are more in the works.
Described by one devotee as a “non-denominational sacred site”, the Centennial Park labyrinth is open to all (including dogs on leads) with a downloadable soundtrack.  
For more information visit the Centennial Park website:

The Last Word…
A long robe or tunic, the houppelande was a wardrobe staple in the Middle Ages for both men and women. The style survives in the robes worn by modern day judges and academics, the last word in smart dressing. 

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