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A Natural Art Installation Unveiled at Howards Park Wines

This weekend Howard Park Wines unveil Nature’s Pirouette; a unique natural art installation the winery commissioned us to create in their stunning Margaret River cellar door.

Howard Park is inspired by the world of ballet thanks to its family roots, most specifically the careers of David Burch and Lesley Scogna, both the siblings of owner Jeff Burch. The entire Jeté sparkling range is an ode to their history as professional dancers.

It was such an honour to be approached by the winery. Howard Park Wines are extremely intentional with how they celebrate artists and their craft so I was literally pinching myself at the opportunity and the chance to create something interwoven with meaning.

The inspiration definitely started flowing as I began work on the concept and I'm thrilled to see all the plans come to life this week and be able to share with you now.

The brief required not only for the piece to look beautiful but be light weight and last for over 4 months. I actually really enjoyed the challenge given it reminded me of the sense of weightlessness that a ballerina brings. I was inspired by the softness of layers and folds in a ballerinas costume and referenced that in the choice of livistona leaves given they have a natural pleating and curl in the leaves as they dry. Positioning the leaves was also intentional to create a feeling of dancing movements. To give the allusion of the more traditional tulle tutu costumes, I incorporated lotus leaves and clusters of babies breath.

And the challenge of lightweight? All fresh materials were dried weeks in advance to reduce weight but also last the distance with the design being in place through the summer.

It was important for me that the installation quietly complimented the cellar door and the Andrew Carter art piece that takes up one entire wall. I drew inspiration for the colour palette from the neutral features in the interior design as well as the pointe shoes themselves and Howard Park Wines Jeté label with its muted tones of gold.

Overall, it has been an absolutely pleasure and privilege to work with Howard Park Wines and we are all thrilled with the result.

A very special thanks to Howard Park Wines for gracing us with this opportunity and to Paris Hawken and her beautiful way behind the lense.

We welcome you to visit the cellar door for yourselves and see the installation in person. Raise a glass of Jeté and soak up all the ambience that is Howard Park Wines.



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