Country Style - - FASHION -


The artist di­vides her time be­tween the city and camel trekking in the out­back, but she won’t go any­where with­out her tough-as-nails Akubra.

De­scribe your style. Fairly eclectic and pretty adapt­able. Clothes that I can trash if I’m in the stu­dio, and if I’m trav­el­ling, it’s prac­ti­cal­ity, com­fort and pro­tec­tion from the weather. What are your wardrobe es­sen­tials? I wear jeans when I’m trav­el­ling and a long-sleeved shirt for sun pro­tec­tion. And a hat. I wouldn’t go any­where with­out my Akubra. Camels eat straw hats, and once they take a bite of an Akubra, they don’t tend to go on with it. What about footwear? I al­ways wear my boots when I’m in the stu­dio or out in the desert. Just Blund­stones or Red­backs — Aus­tralian out­back boots — you pull them on and live in them. What if you’re at­tend­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing? I’ll wear a nice dress and a pair of san­dals, but they have to be flat. Do you have any favourite cloth­ing la­bels? I love sec­ond-hand stores and op shop­ping. I think there are too many things in the world, and we should re­cy­cle re­sources first. Where do you love to shop? I love vin­tage. I’ve just been to a fancy black-tie din­ner and I wore a dress that I bought in an op shop nearly 30 years ago — a gold 1950s hal­ter-neck dress — and I had two fash­ion de­sign­ers ask me where I got it from. I buy jeans from op shops and they are nice be­cause they are bro­ken in. Any go-to beauty or hair prod­ucts? I use a nat­u­ral hair dye that doesn’t have toxic chem­i­cals. I use Aus­tralian brand Orig­i­nal and Min­eral, and also Tints of Na­ture. Also co­conut oil is the best thing ever for your hair. How do you accessorise? I have a few pierc­ings in my ears, so I al­ways wear a lot of ear­rings, and I’ve got sil­ver bracelets from In­dia, Ti­bet, the Hi­malayas and my trav­els in Amer­ica. Do you wear par­tic­u­lar colours? If I wear colour, it would be very dis­creet. I tend to wear blues and nat­u­rals quite a bit. What do you never leave home with­out? I al­ways take a hat, sun­glasses and my sketch­book. And I usu­ally take a cross-body satchel to put my sketch­book in. Got any style ad­vice? I think if you have a cou­ple of clas­sic pieces, a nice jacket, or a nice dress, that’s all you need. Visit jober­ Jo Ber­tini is rep­re­sented by MARS Gallery; mars­

Jo at work in her stu­dio — she prefers to wear easy-care cot­ton tops when she’s paint­ing.

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