After avidly following Jardine’s beautiful work on instagram, I reached out to her in hope of collaborating on something for our newspaper . She said yes & the results are in edition #2 of The Society inc. Newspaper, where Jardine styled & I shot an array or her botanicals, some native some not  – some of which she foraged from her own garden as well as discovered on her intrepid sourcing adventures! The images above are from the Newspaper, shop it here!

Q & A With Sibella

Describe your space/studio…
Plant and light filled, alternating between a chaotic mess of vases and buckets of flowers, and pleasingly quiet depending on what I have on.

Favourite season & why?
It changes a bit depending on the time of year. If it’s the last week in August to mid September then I feel like Spring is my favourite because everything is swelling back to life – buds are forming and that bright bright green is bursting all over the place. It feels like you are standing on the precipice and it’s all about to happen. For the other 11.4 months I love Autumn above all else. I find autumnal colours enticing and love how beautiful plants are in their final change before winter sets in. The crisp air in autumn always makes me feel more alive.

What’s your latest book purchase?
Edward Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness’ I adore it.

Go-to scent?
I have had a long love affair with Standard by Comme des Garcons, it’s woody and piney and weirdly reminds me of the smell of rust in a good way. I also really love Dark Wave by Olo and Immortel by Byredo.

How do you go about finding inspiration?
In nature everywhere whether its out in the wilderness, a beautiful garden or a crack in the pavement where a plant has managed to find purchase. I like to look at the way things grow and try to emulate that in my work.  When I’m arranging I find each stem has something special to show me I just have to work out how best to display that.

Greatest tool?
My felco secateurs, which my dad sharpened for me the other day and their leather holster which clips onto my belt. I can’t tell you how convenient it is to have your snips attached to your hip.

Best holiday?
I had a great solo 2 week trip in 2012 around Iceland which was truly spectacular, but we also just came home from a 3 month living-in-a van ramble around the Pacific North West of USA. Lots of hiking, natural hot spring visiting, funny meals cooked on a camp stove and spending almost everyday out in nature. It was really special.

Favourite flower?
That’s a tricky one but if I had to pick one it would most likely be flannel flower, a gorgeous native Australian flower which feels as soft as the best worn in flannel and looks like an extraordinary daisy that has grown in moonlight, they sort of glow softly. I’m pretty enamoured with them. Hot on their heels would have to be blowsy scented garden roses and shy little hellebores.

Follow Jardine’s botanical explorations here

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 28, 2019

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