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TAKE a conducted tour on Callum Morton's ghost train. As part of the Morton retrospective In Memoriam at Heide architectural historian Professor Philip Goad acts as "connie" on a tour of Heide's significant modernist buildings and Morton's architecturally inspired artworks. After hearing the haunted stories surrounding Heide and exhuming the modernist icons in the retrospective, the tour checks in at Morton's hotel at EastLink and includes a viewing of Silverscreen at Monash. Includes exhibition ...

Death trip

TAKE a conducted tour on Callum Morton's ghost train. As part of the Morton retrospective In Memoriam at Heide architectural historian Professor Philip Goad acts as "connie" on a tour of Heide's significant modernist buildings and Morton's architecturally inspired artworks. After hearing the haunted stories surrounding Heide and exhuming the modernist icons in the retrospective, the tour checks in at Morton's hotel at EastLink and includes a viewing of Silverscreen at Monash. Includes exhibition entry and bus transport, BYO picnic lunch. August 6, 10.30-3.30pm Tickets: $70, Heide member/concession $60 Bookings limited: Phone 9850 1500

Don't chuck it, fix it

IDEA for a design show: Collectors meets Bondi Vet. Desolate owners bring in damaged products to a group of sexy young designers who discuss how best to resuscitate them.

In moving consultations they discuss what's best for the products. Can they be saved? Importantly, the program has a moral underpinning as the evils of planned obsolescence and the lost art of repair work are discussed. At the Repair Workshops discover whether the premise has potential. Bring in your tired, your poor and huddled gadgets.

Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke Street. Free. This weekend. therepairworkshops.com.

God lives

HE CALLED himself God or Geoff. Godfrey Fawcett wasn't the first or last designer to have delusions of grandeur. While he was being mock heroic about his talents as a lettering artist, the abbrev stuck. After all, it seemed he could do anything. Eight years after Fawcett's death, graphic designer David Lancashire has put together a tribute to his former colleague's artistic skills. For graphic designers keen to embrace the discipline's more crafty roots, it may be instructive to see the work of a pre-digital designer whose work, ironically, was so seamless as to appear done by computer. Lamington Drive, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood, until August 20. RAY EDGAR

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Spring into action

FASHION is done with winter. Spring stocks are being unpacked and racked. Race tracks from Moonee Valley to Manangatang are sprucing up before their carnivals. Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (September 5-11) launched its program this week (www.thatsmelbourne.com.au). David Jones and Myer have finalised extravaganzas to kick off the new season on August 3 and 11, respectively, both in Sydney. Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide celebrated their new retail alliance by unveiling their spring collection in Myer's city flagship store last night. In fashion, if not in reality, spring has unequivocally sprung.

Stellar mix of links, chains and lace

RISING fashion star Alexi Freeman and jewellery designer Tessa Blazey's second collaboration as ALEXI TESSA, "Neo Lace Gown" (pictured) comprises "600 metres of gold-plated chain and 6000 jump rings meticulously embellished into a galactic flapper formation". It is designed to swing gracefully as it clicks softly, but will be exhibited in stillness for from August 5 until August 20 as part of the Craft Cubed series at Craft Victoria.

The jewel-slash-dress, "fit for a sci-fi goddess to traverse the celestial sphere", according to its creators, is also a finalist in the Powerhouse Museum's International Lace Award to be announced in April next year. Freeman and Blazey will explain its beauty and mechanics in a talk at 2 pm, August 6, at Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane. www.craftvic.org.au,

www.alexifreeman.com


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