BELINDA AUCOTT

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contributors -

“I was doo­dling on a holiday in a re­mote part of New Zealand, us­ing the ma­te­ri­als that were hang­ing around the beach house. I started draw­ing por­traits of the cham­pagne la­bels and bot­tles, and that week I did 90 draw­ings in six days. Af­ter that holiday, il­lus­trat­ing a new cham­pagne each week­end be­came a cher­ished rit­ual,” says the PR spe­cial­ist and writer of her foray into the world of il­lus­tra­tion.this month, Aucott’s whim­si­cal stud­ies ac­com­pany BAZAAR’S guide to the most lux­u­ri­ous rosé cham­pagnes, on page 154.“My il­lus­tra­tions aim to pay homage to the craft of wine­mak­ing and how I feel when I’m sip­ping. I’m deeply in awe of the peo­ple who make cham­pagne and those who man­age the vine­yards. It’s an art.” My favourite cham­pagne is

…“the Egly-ouriet Brut Tra­di­tion Grand Cru. It has a cult­like sta­tus. … It is known as the “som­me­lier’s cham­pagne” be­cause it is crafted to such ex­act­ing stan­dards.the Brut Tra­di­tion Grand Cru is the en­try level wine, but the entire house con­sis­tently pro­duces wines of com­plex­ity, grandeur and bal­ance.” I draw with … “pen­cil, ink, gouache, Ja­panese wa­ter­colours, pas­tels and origami paper”. The art ex­hi­bi­tion I am look­ing for­ward to this year is … “the John Rus­sell ret­ro­spec­tive at Art Gallery of NSW. Rus­sell was an Aus­tralian painter who was a close friend of a few of my idols in­clud­ing van Gogh, Rodin and Monet. He even taught im­pres­sion­ist colour the­ory to Matisse.”

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