I called one of my paint ranges ‘Tender is the Night’. The colours in the theme are based on all those old fashioned flowers one might have found in the rambling cliff gardens above the French Mediterranean in the Divers’ Garden (they were the couple from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book). Nasturtium, geranium & rosa rugosa with the noisy background of Summer cicadas. I have persevered with nasturtiums outside the The Society inc. since the opening & this Spring they have finally taken & are a joy. People forget to bring them inside, but I love to cut them & trail them up the side of frames or walls. They are hardy & continue to grow once cut.
I was staying at my friend, Sally’s house and she has a garden full of wild ones that I decorated her house with as a welcome home. Her artist sister, Cressida, woodblocks them, beautiful in all their ramble. Check out her amazing, lovely thick book called ‘The Woodblock Painting of Cressida Campbell.’
My lovely friend, Richard Ludbrook of Sun Studios is generously supplying his fabulous super-studio space. We will be orchestrating our Emotive Interiors SOLD-OUT extravaganza workshop in Studio 3 on Tuesday 20th Sept. With raw brick walls, abundant set supplies & lots of space for the lucky 65 of you who got in early, we will have fun building a set & creating a space that reflects you & your personality. We will be joined by the fabulous team of Peter Glass of Bespoke on sound & audio, his good friend on camera, Phillip Skelton & his set building gig ‘hot sets’ (he is probably the busiest set builder for stills in Sydney but he also does lots of event stuff for Havaianas & others) & other helpful members that make up Sun Studios. We look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending & those who could not will be able to view it in action on our website soon! For everyone who missed out- watch this space for upcoming super extravaganza workshop!!
There is plenty of parking available on the night and BYO as usual. See you at 6.30 for the live action!
The Caroline Simpson Library, although not a collection museum in theory, always has an interesting array of related things from journals, guides, souvenir & scrap albums as well as other ephemera & furniture. Their collection always seems so personal, a real importance is placed on the hand touched & the individual- here, handwritten notes in a margin or personal references are embraced.
The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection is open to anyone with an interest in the history of house & garden design & interior furnishing in New South Wales. The collection supports the Historic Houses Trust’s work of interpreting & managing places of cultural significance in NSW and provides a specialist research resource for scholars, heritage & conservation practitioners & museum professionals- & me!
It includes material across a wide range of formats: architectural pattern books; architectural fragments; wall coverings; floor coverings; manufactuirers’ trade catalogues & sample books; garden ornament; fittings (including curtain & blind hardware, door & window furniture); soft furnishings & trimmings; personal papers & manuscripts; pictures; photographs; books & periodicals. The scope of the collections is broad, covering houses & gardens of all kinds and ranging from the 19th Century to the present day. They also record significant houses, interiors and gardens in situ, usually on the point of change, through photographic survey & sometimes through oral history.
The fern book photographed here, is housed at this resourceful library where I enjoy the treasures that unfold with the help of librarians, Matthew, Megan, Annie & Michael.
I recently installed this Moet pop-up event. With a limited budget & the help of my contacts we embraced this very intimate space. To create & represent all that is Moet, I used red velvet, black bullion thick fringe, gold collapsible tables, turned wood wine tables, classic bentwood chairs & installed drawn panelling & sconces painted directly onto my own ‘Pirate Black’ chalkboard paint walls.
For the finale I sourced high & low for vintage gold framed bevelled mirrors which my handy carpenter attached to the ceiling. Every surface is manipulated in some way in the space. For the floor I designed a hand-painted ‘rug’ in jester diamonds with the M&C logo at the entrance. I brought a bit of 70s kitsch back by converting magnums of Moet into lamps with burlap shades for ambient lighting (yes, I did drink the champagne!).
In the end, we have a cool space that I would definitely like to celebrate with a few bubbles.
Laura Baxter is my A-MAZ-ING web designer & friend. We meet over my website & she is not just an inspiration but illustrator & bottomless box of innovation & ideas. I love that I could let her own the project of building my website to represent me, my brand & my shop in the best, most beautiful way.
I let her have her freedom when developing my site which has made not only the most amazing site EVER but built a respected relationship that I cherish. Here’s to you lovely Laura.
P.S. Look out for our revamp of www.thesocietyinc.com.au launching on October 1st (my birthday!!).