Since spending my summer break in wintery Japan I’ve been feeling in a bit of a muddle seasons-wise and if there’s one thing that aligns me beautifully and perfectly with where we are on the calendar it is a visit to Epoche, one of my favourite spaces in all the world. (You can read further ramblings about it here and here.)
On paper I suppose you could say Epoche is a shop that sells especially beautiful things. But it actually feels more like a kind of temple, because of the sense of sacredness there. I’ve also heard it compared with a gallery, because everything is so lovingly curated. And whenever I’m there, I have the feeling that a wonderfully gifted children’s book illustrator has painted an enchanted toyshop in a forest and that I am, by a magical trick like a dream, somehow walking around inside it.
Although there are many, many exquisitely beautiful things for children, there is plenty to delight the adult soul too. I think that might be what Sophie Digard (the designer of the crocheted pieces above and below) is on this earth to do.
I am more than a slight Ostheimer enthusiast and you can’t imagine a lovelier collection than the pieces hiding all around Epoche.
I slightly fell in love with the little Ostheimer mermaid below, nestled in one of the beautiful summer displays created by Mirakye (who is also the creator of Epoche in its entirety). When I wrote above about aligning with the seasons, that’s because of these amazing seasonal displays. Somehow they just go right to the heart of wherever we are on the calendar, and I never truly feel the season has arrived until I’ve seen them.
No matter what the season I don’t think I’ve ever left without a few beeswax candles in my basket. (If only I could limit myself to that…)
See what I mean about it being a bit like a gallery? Could these little details be any more beautiful?
Epoche surely has some of the loveliest Steiner-style dolls in all the world.
But you can see below the little creations that spoke most deeply to me on this visit. Mirakye allowed me to take quite a few photos so I think I’ll do a separate post on them shortly.
These tiny ceramic women are made by a local artisan who goes by the name of donaldstreet and they are the most soulful handmade things I’ve seen or held in a long while.
If you love this sort of thing as I do, and if ever you’re near the Dandenongs in Victoria, stop by 77 Monbulk Road Kallista and pay a little visit to Epoche. You will feel the afterglow for days.