Friday, April 20, 2018

Marimekko in Bendigo

Spent the day with 2 friends in Bendigo. We caught the train up before meeting up to attend the Bendigo Gallery to view the Marimekko exhibition.
Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the 1960's to 70's with it's bold screen prints and pop art style graphics.
The exhibition traces Marimekko's meteoric rise from the 1950's to the present through it's iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to wear outfits.
With more than 60 outfits of original fabrics, home wares, sketches and other archival materials , the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this Finnish textile practice and created it's internationally recognisable designs. 

 While Finland and the Scandinavian countries represent Marimekko's traditional base, the company has enjoyed a long association with the United States.
In more recent years awareness of the label has significantly increased in Asia and Australia.   

The best known and popular piece of clothing designed by Vuakko Nurmesniemi is the Jokapoika (every boy) shirt from 1956. It is made of Piccolo printed fabric, designed in 1953 from which hundreds of different colour variations have been created.
As the company's first unisex item, the shirt has been produced in the millions and is said to be particularly popular among architects and academics.  

 After lunch a visit to the Woolen Mills for some wool.

I alighted the train, picked up at Footscray and unfortunately the 20 minute journey home took 1 hour and 45 minutes. Traffic was gridlocked.
Have a wonderful day and if you have the chance, this exhibition is worth a visit.


  1. Isn't it amazing that Marimekko never has lost its fresh look?

  2. We are so fortunate to have such a high quality exhibition come to our neck of the woods. I spent a very pleasant day with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is always interesting to see things from someone else's viewpoint.

  3. Sounds like a great day out. Except for the trip home.

  4. It was a lovely day! I enjoyed having company to see the exhibition, as I usually go to these things on my own. Too bad about the drive home from Footscray, though!

  5. Thanks for the photos. The exhibition looks very interesting.I agree with Queeniepatch.

  6. Interesting exhibit! I don't know why but I think I've seen the red poppy design somewhere before.

  7. It's fantastic to have a curator with access to exhibitions for us. It must be a boon too for the town and the local businesses.