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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:48
Today, we welcome author Sibella Court onto the blog to talk about her new book, Bowerbird. Sibella Court is the bestselling author of Etcetera, The Stylist's Guide to NYC, Nomad and Bowerbird. After 10 years' working in New York styling for Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Ave, Jo Malone, Pottery Barn, Target and West Elm, and Gourmet, Marie Claire and Vogue Living, Sibella returned to Australia to launch her brand and shop, The Society inc. She has written extensively for Country Style, Grazia, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue Living as a feature writer and contributing editor. Sibella's new book Bowerbird, published by Hardie Grant, is a guide to creating beautiful interiors with collections.
I first started collecting when I was three years old, putting together shells, sequins, beads & ribbons. Like the Australian Bowerbird, I now go far and wide to add to my collections, styling them into my home or shop once I'm home, arranging and rearranging at a whim. They provide untold inspiration for products or spaces I design and I like to have them at arm's reach for these moments, as well as out to admire & remember. I believe that collections are a vital part of any home & should be admired not hidden away, on show to remind you of a funny moment, a loved one, a smell or a fleeting moment.
In my new book Bowerbird, I delved into my own collections, archiving their story & function with my photographer brother, Chris Court, who also collaborated with me on Etcetera & Nomad. This book came about from constantly being asked by clients & customers how they can display their own treasures & finds. People feel like I have said it is ok to collect and finally I felt like it was time to take it to the next step and show everyone what to do with all their things.
Through Bowerbird, I show you where and how I find the elements of a collection, how to organise & store your pieces, and how to display them in creative & beautiful ways. I open my library to you, sharing the museums, shops, markets, stories from history & books that inspire and encourage me to collect. I believe a collection is one or more things and can be based on anything. Perhaps it is rope, string & twine; things that fly; are braided; found on the beach or given to you. Loosely grouped into categories such as: tinctures, apothecary & alchemy; oddities & curiosities; ephemera; and objet trouve, you will discover that there are no rules when it comes to collecting. I call it organised chaos and offer Bowerbird as an abstract biography of the way I live and the 3D timeline I surround myself with, because all objects, once held, have a memory or story of where, when and who you were with when you found them. I hope that Bowerbird helps people to embrace their belongings & stories.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:24
And unfortunately, to answer the C S Lewis immortal question, yes, there are more Elves in it...
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:23
The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds. Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They're safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister. Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they've suffered so far ...
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 10:05
Have a bone or two to play with as the time has come to create your very own T-Rex!
With Make Your Own T-Rex you can become an expert paleontologist and build your own dinosaur. No glue and no mess here - 80 sturdy "bones" slot together to make an amazing T-Rex skeleton that stands at almost 1 metre long.
The book is packed with facts & tells you all about dinosaur behaviour, the world they lived in and clear step-by-step picture instructions of how to build your model.
Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:41
There's a couple of big movies coming out in the next few months adapted from big books. Looks like they've thrown quite a lot of money at these flicks...
1st up is David Mitchell's 'unfilmable' Cloud Atlas. Three directors, nearly three hours *gulp* (epic trailer too - clear 6 minutes to view)
2nd is Yann Martel's also 'unfilmable' Life of Pi. Much resting on the stripes of a CGI'd Tiger. Grrrrrooowwwlllll.
As ever, we would urge you to read the wonderful books first!
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