Awwww, Melbourne gets all the cool stuff, even the funkiest looking laundromat in the country! (and I've been in laundromats all across the country, so I know my laundromats...).
Check out SUDS Laundrette, a trendy little number that's just opened in South Yarra, on the ground floor of Society:
Inspired by an Alice in Wonderland theme (hmmm, hardly original) "and the thought of stepping outside of a specific world and into another", it sure is groovy looking, but I still think I like my old classic retro laundromats better.
Cleaning up around my studio recently, I came across some ink & watercolour pictures I did a couple of years ago when I was creating/designing my Laundromatic book. I was really chuffed to find them again, dusted them off, and promptly popped them up on a nearby wall. You might remember these from a long-ago post on Shelbyville:
And this was how some of the pics looked as a spread inside the cotton version of Laundromatic:
I also found the ink sketch that became the opening/title page:
Ahh, here's to memories, and finding things thought lost, and laundromats - those beautiful, beautiful laundromats (old and new) sprinkled about the country...
P.S. To get you into a laundromatic kind of mood, here's a very cool album worth checking out - Spin Cycle by Michael Lowenstern. You can listen to all 10 chilled tracks (featuring bass clarinet, harmonica, WiCoder, Kaossilator, body percussion and violin) for free over here at a site called Earspasm, and you can even download the album to keep for $5.