I flew back to Sydney in August to shoot this summer bbq story for the launch issue of Home Basics, a new magazine put out by Shannon Lush and Jen Fleming (writers of ‘Spotless’). August is winter in Australia and I can tell you, it was hotter and sunnier than it was here in Europe for Summer! The story brief was to create a table setting that was loose, real and simple. The colour palette was to be yellows, blues with a backdrop of craft-paper brown. So this is what I came up with, taking the craft-paper brown as a literal background and using it as a tablerunner. I was inspired by these beautiful wattle branches I saw in a florist and dotted them around the table in little glass vases. Gayna Murphy, the art director, had found these fab old plates of all sorts of colours so I set the table with these mix-matches of plates and old cutlery. I made these little paper flower centre pieces from coloured cupcake cups, beads and ribbon. And I used fabric swatches that I have picked up over the years from designers and printmakers. The beautiful blue fabric swatch (called ‘The Cranes’) is from the Florence Broadhurst collection at Signature Prints.
It was alot of fun shooting with Chris Chen – we were challenged with the weather as a rain cloud decided to hover directly above the setting (seriously, the rest of the sky was blue!) and it started pouring while I was setting up the table. So the 3 of us girls pulled the rather heavy glass table undercover until we saw a moment of sunshine. I continued to set the table up inside and as soon as we saw a break in the cloud we pulled it back into position very carefully and fired away! We didn’t get much time with it, it started pouring again after 15 minutes!
The ice bucket here is actually from a set of recycled tin jars sent up for me from a very special store in Victoria which I will be posting about in the New Year (it’s one of my secret treasure troves that I source my props from and it is in my line up of secret boutiques that I will be revealing in time, stay tuned!). And the cushion is from one of my all time favourite hand screen printed fabric makers and designers: Perry and Fowles.