ARTIST IN RES­I­DENCE

Flo­ral stylist Chris­telle Scifo in­vites us into her Syd­ney design stu­dio, Fleurette

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“MY WORK AL­LOWS ME TO COL­LAB­O­RATE WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED CRE­ATIVES. IT’S PART OF MY PER­SONAL PHI­LOS­O­PHY AND IT MAKES FLEURETTE WHAT IT IS”

THE TERM FLO­RAL CHORE­OG­RA­PHY SEEMS A FIT­TING WAY to de­scribe the work of Chris­telle Scifo. Af­ter all, the cre­ative di­rec­tor, con­sul­tant and stylist was once a bal­let dancer, study­ing and liv­ing in Paris. Thanks to a child­hood spent sur­rounded by a fam­ily of artists and gar­den­ers, it’s lit­tle sur­prise that Chris­telle chose a cre­ative path. “It hap­pened grad­u­ally and nat­u­rally,” she re­flects. “The art, flow­ers and fash­ion were al­ways there, through part-time jobs and in­tern­ships with brands and mag­a­zines.” She be­gan styling af­ter an in­jury put a halt to her dance ca­reer, and at 28 she launched Fleurette, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary stu­dio in­volv­ing set design, flo­ral styling and brand con­sult­ing. The life of a free­lancer isn’t all roses, she con­fides, cit­ing the early-morn­ing call times as one of the down­sides. But on the flip­side, she spends many of those morn­ings at the flower mar­kets, and no two days are the same, from events and in­stal­la­tions to cre­at­ing con­cept briefs and catching up on emails. “There’s not one as­pect I pre­fer more. My work is what I en­joy and the chance to cre­ate across many fields is such a luxury.” Stay tuned for her up­com­ing col­lec­tion of 10 lim­ited-edi­tion vases and ves­sels cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cop­per & Clay. Each piece has been uniquely formed and hand­made, with no two the same. Work­ing be­tween her home stu­dio and a shared pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio space called Loffte, both on the North­ern Beaches of Syd­ney, Chris­telle ex­tols the role women have played in her ca­reer, and none more so than her mum. “My mother is an ex­am­ple of dili­gence, in­de­pen­dence, hard work, and al­ways with a kind, hum­ble spirit,” she says. And it’s these very qual­i­ties that drive her to keep evolv­ing. “I’ve gained the most mem­o­rable lessons through ex­pe­ri­ence, ob­serv­ing my sur­round­ings and learn­ing from my mis­takes.”

Wild flower Chris­telle’s favourite thing about work­ing with flow­ers is “the process of change, life and death, and fleet­ing beauty.”

Cre­ative duo Chris­telle shares a stu­dio space in Brook­vale with Jedd Cooney, a pho­tog­ra­pher. Still life Ob­jects, food, music, flow­ers and scent all fea­ture in Chris­telle’s work, bring­ing the vi­sion and aes­thetic of brands, events and places to life.

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