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Styling NO 2- 2014

Capturing the beauty within

The birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees au s t r a l i a

Coty

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Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum C o l l e c t i o n o f H a n d B l o c ke d P r i n t s

Two large tropical birds with fantastic tails, one predominantly blue and perched on vertically continuous tree with green foliage, pink and lavender flowers, cherries on white ground. Hand block prints - Article


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T h e b i r d s , t h e b e e s , t h e f l owe r s a n d t h e t re e s. . . I just love being at home, sleeping in on a weekend, quietly reading and being in my garden. Last issue I spoke about how growing a garden is like building a magazine. In this month’s issue we celebrate the garden and all the many things that are attracted to it. My garden is small and we are on the tip of a hill overlooking a country valley. We have five beautiful old fruit trees on our block. Two apples, a plum, a cherry tree and an apricot tree. They all bear fruit, and each year we plan to harvest them to make jams and other clever things, but the birds always get in first. This year our garden seemed to be “the place” for the local bird community, I have had every Australian bird you can think of in my garden, even a bowerbird, and yes, she takes my blue pegs. It’s breathtakingly beautiful to watch them. It seems the birds never stop singing. They are welcome to my fruit, after all a garden belongs to everyone and everything. As I write this letter, a large white cockatoo is sitting outside my window, it is a misty day and all is quiet. In this issue I wanted to look at who and what is attracted to a garden. The birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees. Artists, writers, cooks and poets, all derive their inspiration from a garden. You will see in the following pages stories about many different people from Poland to Japan, from the U.S.A. to Australia, who each in their own unique way have a special connection with nature. I am fortunate through my work as a photographer and stylist to photograph in many historic and private gardens. Some of these gardens are tendered and nurtured by a team of gardeners, others are wild and natural and ever so romantic. The beautiful block-print birds on the inside cover are to me a symbol of beauty and abundance. Fruit for the picking with blossoms everywhere. We live in a world of such rich inspiration and we are naturally drawn to nature. Like an insect to a tree, a beetle to a bud, I too loose myself for hours gazing into the center of a flowers. This issue is dedicated to gardens… the gardener, the botanical world, vegetables, birds, insects and to wonderful misty fresh air. Open your window and breath in the fresh air, go out into your garden or walk through a park and just be. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. Coty Farquhar Image - L’odore Circa1830 Giovanni Fontana white marble child smelling a flower is from the Hallbrook Estate Auction


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In this issue


19th & 20th Century Hand -Block Wallpapers Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Blue and White China - Our Country Garden JungJung - Crochet Flowers & Vegetables Raw Materials - Dressing Mannequins Auctions and Hunting online Sharon Santoni - My French Country Home - Flowers Porcelain from Heaven - Vladimir Kanevsky Cookbooks - Rose Petal Jam & Sugared Orange Beata Zatorska & Simon Target Horticultural Art - Fred Michel The Green Room - Gardens we live in Botanical Graphics Misty Days in the Southern Highlands of N.S.W. Location, location, location, Pinterest Inspiration Just because they’re so beautiful pages


Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does your Garden Grow?

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


I n t h i s i s s u e S t y l i n g m a g a z i n e t a ke s a l o o k t h rou gh th e wo n d e rful col l ec t ion of t he 19t h & 2 0th centu r y ha nd-bl oc ked wa l l pa per s, tha nkful ly preser ved by Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt N at i on al De s ign M u s eum, a n on-l ine c at a l og ue of in c re d i ble a n d in s p ir ing donat ed it em s. It was ver y hard to pic k our favour ites from these beautiful works of ar t. We fell in love the t ro p i c al bird s fe atu red on t he front c over a s we l l a s t h e f u l l p e t a l e d g a r d e n bl o o m s , e s p e c i a l ly t h e r i bbo n a n d fl ower bor der pr ints.These desi gn s a re a lway s fa s h i o n a bl e a n d n eve r d at e a n d a re t h e perfect backdrop for any styling, visual p res entation o r in te r ior decorat ion project . We a l s o to o k a strol l through our own ga r den a nd g at h ered a ba sket ful l of Spr ing bl oom s a n d st y l ed th ese im a ges with a col l ection of bl ue a nd w h i t e C hin e s e p o ts.


Drawing: Two Studies of Violet Chrysanthemums, early 20th century. Gift of Starling W. Childs and Ward Cheney. 1937-59-54. - See more at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


On pale green ground, tangle of dahlias, orange, pink, lavender, yellow. Dated 1905-25


A collection of beautiful ribbon and flower borders from the Cooper-Hewitt collection. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


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A collection of beautiful ribbon and flower borders from the Cooper-Hewitt collection. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


A collection of beautiful ribbon and flower borders from the Cooper-Hewitt collection. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


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Crochet creation Japanese ar tist JungJung creates incredible botanic beauty with a crochet hook the size of a tiny seed.


“Each piece takes over a month to create. I have loved needlework since I was 10 years old and the feeling I get has not changed...even now in my mid-forties. I am fortunate also if I can happily continue knitting for the rest of my life� JungJung

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Raw Decoration


Birds gather twigs and sticks, grasses and rush for their birds-nests. We were inspired by their creative living and for a visual display project, Styling magazine went on the hunt for natural products. We created mannequins from scratch using brown paper and tape. We made babies bonnets, hats and ballet dresses from rough and r aw m at e r i a l s a n d a l l straight from the earth.


Platted raffia, woven cane, straw and old baskets. Brown paper, masking tape and string. Seagrass and timber beads.


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Changing Seasons F lower arrangement & photography Sharon Santoni M y Fre n ch C o u n t r y H o m e


S h a ro n ’ s f r e n c h c o u n t ry m i x white a n e m o n e, b l ac k i v y berries, pin k wa x flow er white b ro o m Dried autumn leaves & a nau g h t y d og na med ghet to


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Handmade in heaven

The Vladimir collection


Vladimir Kanevsky

Thousands of porcelain petals, all handcrafted and delicately painted are assembled onto copper wire stems. He creates these flowers one piece at a time with attention to every detail, every single piece is unique. The result, is p e r f e c t i o n . Au t h e n t i c a n d beautiful works of ar t by Ukrainian-American artist,Vladimir Kanevsky have captured the hearts of many and are highly sort after by collectors around the world, including a collection made for the Meissen Museum. We pay homage to a man who has been given the secrets from heaven to create everlasting beauty.


T h e V l a d i m i r C o l l e c t i o n i s b r e a t h t a k i n g. Br a nc h es o f l i l a c , hy dr a ngea s, l ily of the va l l ey, m o r n i n g g l o r y, d a h l i a s a n d h o l ly h o c k a re j u s t a few of t h e p o r cel a i n fl ower s that a re created in V l a d i m i r ’s wo r k s h o p.

The Vladimir collection


Black tulips The Vladimir collection


The tree peony The Vladimir collection


hyacinth

Narcissus White camellia


dahlia

lilac The Vladimir collection


The perfect Mix of ingredients

Beata Zatorska & simon target

All photography by Simon Target from the books Rose Petal Jam and Sugared Orange.


A cook, a writer, a photographer and film maker, an old family recipe book and the loving memories of a little girl growing up in Poland with her grandmother showing her how to make Rose Petal Jam and Sugared Orange.

Winner of the gourmand World cookbook awards

‘Best in the world’ book award ro s e p e ta l ja m a n d s u g a r e d o r a n g e


Have you ever noticed which books people pick up and look at from a coffee table of many? I have! Last year I was given a copy of Beata Zatorska and Simon Target’s book ‘Rose Petal Jam’ and I had it on my desk in my studio. I have never seen so many people want to pick it up, look through it... and want to take it home. There is now a another beautiful book. ‘Sugared Orange’ and I know there are more on the way. Beata Zatorska learned to make pirogue and other Polish recipes in her grandmother’s farmhouse kitchen, in the


remote village in the foothills of Karkonosze mountains where she spent her early childhood. When she returned years later her beloved grandmother was gone, but she found her handwritten recipes for preparing traditional Polish dishes, and for preserving the precious fruits and vegetables grown in the family garden. Those recipes make up these charming books, together with Beata’s memories of her childhood in Poland in the 60’s and 70’s, and the story of her adventurous journey with her husband, film maker and photographer Simon Target to discover Poland today.


Beata Zatorska (pictured above with her mother in the 60’s) was born in Jelenia Góra in southwest Poland. She started her medical studies in Wrocław but graduated from the University of Sydney, and now works as a family doctor in Australia. Her fascination with medicine began on long mountain walks with her grandmother back in Poland – a professional chef who taught her the use of herbs and wildflowers in cooking and healing.


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Rose petal jam

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Fred Michel Horticultural Art When Styling magazine first found these images of everlasting daisies, we immediately thought of the feathers of an Australian cockatoo bird. Horticultural Art is the prolific work of photographer Fred Michel whose on-line library of thousands of images look deep into the beauty of the plant world. We selected ‘just a few’ of his manipulated creations that literally took our breath away. They’re inspiring and creative, and we could’t help but manipulate a few of our own layout designs from Fred’s images.


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Fred Michel’s work explores “Horticultural Art”. The still life images that he creates are made with the plant material, primarily from his own garden where he lives with his wife, Caren, a contemporary landscape painter, in Maine, USA. “I have been a gardener for many years and I enjoy the process of cultivating plants and the resulting beauty, life and mystery that exists in my personal microcosm of manipulate-nature” says Fred. While in the in the garden I observe the vibrancy, form, and life that grows and exists. My garden is a gift and pleasure, and the source of most of the material I use in my work. I create images from parts of the plants using a flat-bed scanner as my camera. From collected plant material, I design and create still life images. Many of my images are an altered versions of plant material that maintain the horticultural integrity of the material but are presented in a manipulated manner that is not found in the garden or nature while maintaining an organic and natural sensibility. Fred Michel’s images are broad and diverse, ranging from botanically inspired photos to mandalas, patterns, textures and designs. Look closely at these wonderful images of Fred’s and imagine what you could create and design with them. Horticultural Art website is packed with images, so be warned, you will need to spend a few hours...or more looking through them and choosing your own favourites.


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Horticultural Art - Fred Michel


Just because they’re so beautiful together

Found on Flickr - Leather tooling hand tools, Hopkins Rare Books, Manuscripts & Archives


garden rooms The world is changing, our attitudes are shifting, but the seasons still march on each year. Time spent in the garden is vital for your wellbeing, an indoor-outdoor room is a must for everyone. It’s a special place for you, a space is created for connecting to nature. Where statues are found nurtured by foliage, and old outdoor furniture grows rich with patina. Potted plants are housed in wonderful urns and where the trees shade us in summer and rest quietly in the winter, it is a place where the breeze often visits and where happiness lives.


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ACCENTS OF FRANCE


Botanical graphics


Story boards and illustrations are important when showing a client what a visual display might look like, especially for a wedding or a food display. Nowadays, with our computers we can quickly put together graphic visuals. It’s a simple and quick way to show what you’re wanting to display. Take a photograph of your flowers and vases and then add a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. You can easily make decisions as you go... will I use the silver urns or maybe the glass vases? You will soon see which colours work well together and how many apples or flowers you will need to buy. Copy...paste...copy...paste and off you go to the flower and fruit market with the visual in your mind.


When the mist rolls in... Photography

Coty

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Everything goes quiet, and all you can hear are the droplets of water from the leaves ...it’s a magical time.


Location, Location, Location


Organizing a fashion or homewares shoot on location is great fun and sometimes a little unpredictable. Shooting in the outdoors means you need to be extremely organized and have everything you will need with you to get the job done. After leaving Sydney, over 20 years ago, we lived a wonderful home (pictured on previous page) in Robertson, in the Southern Highlands of N.S.W. Australia. Our home attracted many magazines, advertising clients and television crews. It was a beautiful setting in the country surrounded by rolling hills and views as far as the eye could see. Our home was romantic, very old and fashionably rustic. It was filled with our collection of country props and of course our house came with an in-house stylist. Our children were little, so it was great to be able to work from home as everyone came from afar to me. What a perfect job, you might be thinking? it was fun, but there was also a lot of hard work to do beforehand. Today, location hunting is a big business, to be able to offer your home as a location for films and still life photography can bring many rewards. However, there are many things to know before you open your doors. Expect a large truck or ten to arrive very early in the morning. People unpacking boxes and crates everywhere. You will find models and crew walking


through your home talking to each other unaware of who you are. They’re just busy planning the day ahead! Get ready for the questions, know your surroundings well and where you can get almost anything in a hurry. Know your local hotels and restaurants and if in an emergency, know your local electricians and keep your address book handy for last minute ‘good looking’ friends and little children who aren’t camera shy. I have been asked, do you know where we can find an old white bearded men that looks like Santa? Or ... Is there any chance of getting a new born baby for an image and I was always asked if we knew of any young country men ...with their horses. All manageable when you know who to call quickly. We have had to find vintage trucks for Vogue Living, a canoe for Vogue Australia (left), fly fishing equipment and many other interesting things. We did all the catering ourselves, it was much easier at the time for us as we lived out of town, but I wouldn’t do it now. We served plenty of warm country food. The most important table was the cake and sweets table served with non stop coffee and tea. Everyone gets really hungry when they come to the country, it must be the fresh air. Different locations attract different style shoots, photographers came to us for the country scene, we knew when the best time of day was when our neighbour's cows came in for milking along the dirt road, if they wanted a cow shot. Now the hunt is on for the wedding photographers to find romantic locations for the bridal party photographs. It’s a


great way to share your garden for a couple of h o u r s o n a S a t u r d ay afternoon and you can also earn some extra money. Don’t worry, they are gone before you even notice their there, as they rush off to the reception. When I was fashion editor in the early 90‘s shooting on location was part of my job. We often flew our models, makeup artists and photographers to beautiful islands in Queensland. The hotel staff knew magazines, film crews and photographers well. They were a wonderful source of information, they knew when the tide came in and when it went out and the best time to be somewhere for the perfect photograph. We had very early starts and were often out on the beach photographing before any of the hotel guests were up. I think it is a wonderful way to work and be a part of some very beautiful places. I still get calls from work friends looking for different and unique locations to shoot. The Southern Highlands and the South Coast is a very popular destination for commercials and it is not uncommon to see a film crew on your travels through town. Is your home a good location? Do you think you have what it takes to have ‘artistic’ strangers in your home and garden? Images - Arc hives Coty Farquhar Por tfolio & Locations


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Faience by French artist Jean-Paul Gourdon. The immaculate whiteness of earthenware, the soft grey of the earth are part of the beauty of these individual works of art. This gifted artist works in the manner of the 18th century and makes beautiful ‘faience‘ (earthenware) life size fruit and vegetables inspired by his own vegetable garden in the south west of France. JULIA BOSTON ANTIQUES


Too beautiful to not share MAGGIE AUSTIN CAKES

Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Ms. Austin completed the prestig ious L’ar t de la Pâtisser ie prog ram at the Frenc h Pastry Sc hool with honor s. She brought her unique ar tistic vision to life when she launc hed Magg ie Austin Cake in 2010 and has since reac hed a worldwide a u d i e n c e t h r o u g h e x t e n s i ve m e d i a c ove r a g e i n c l u d i n g newspaper s, magazines, blogs, and television.   Ms. Austin is honored to have been commissioned to create hand made sugar flower vases for the White House Chr istmas 2013.  Exclusively custom and exquisitely tailored, Magg ie Austin designs display symmetry, elegance, and sophistication with the subtle yet unmistakable mark of haute couture.


All images and infor mation from Magg ie Austin


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Styling is a reflection of our personality – our tastes, our power of observation, our own cultural upbringing and our talent for originality. Creativity is a fundamental human compulsion to invent or to compose. Take time each week to create your own ideas, however humble you may think they are. Look closely at the details in everything and notice the colours, the shapes and the deep inner feelings you have when you are attracted to something. Creative expression comes from the many objects we have around us in our lives, a bowl of flowers, a favourite teapot on a lovely table, a painting or a garden on a misty day. Creativity is inspired by the wonders of our universe. When you are in the right state of heart and soul, just like magic you can tap into the endless flow of universal creative energy and resources and inspiration comes straight to you. - Coty Farquhar


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Founder & editor in chief of Styling magazine Coty Farquhar is a professional creative d i re c t o r, v i s u a l d e c o r at o r, bl o g g e r a n d photographic stylist whose career began and grew within the Australian Vogue Stable of Magazines, Vogue Living, Vogue Enter taining Guide and Vogue Children, her magazine career culminating as Fashion & Beauty Editor of New Woman Magazine. With a passion for the visual ar ts, par ticularly photography, Coty carries with her more than 30 years experience in journalism, styling, designing & creating events. Coty has the rare and unique combination of jour nalistic experience, media, visual ar t and marketing in the fashion, food & wine, interiors, theatre and event industries. Coty has styled and photographed for many books, magazines, websites & adver tising campaigns. Coty has lived in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia for 21 years with her husband, cabinetmaker & restorer Andrew Farquhar of Farquhar’s Fur niture whose extraordinary work is housed in many famous Australian buildings & private homes.


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