Cockatoo Island is an old defunct shipping yard on an island in Sydney Harbour. The first buildings on the island served as a convict gaol and it’s had many reincarnations since 1839, including workshops and service for the Navy, a Girls industrial school, and the building of Australia’s first steel warships in the dockyard to name a few. The spaces are high and wide to make way for all the industrial work and a dream for shooting.
The island has so many layers of history. Like so many other historical locations, these layers stop in time at one point – but here they continue. It is now used as a location for art fairs, dirt bike tracks, film festivals, movies, residential rentals, camping, parties and so much more. Remnants are left of their presence to be embraced, celebrated & added to its appeal.
After last year’s bienniale I thought this would be a perfect location for part of my new book Gypsy, the companion to Nomad. After travelling to 5 new countries, I use the inspiration to concept interiors that draw on what I have seen, experienced & loved from patterns, colours, shapes, activities, people, architecture, markets, seasons and rituals.
We borrowed & looted from The Society inc. & fav shops out & about in Sydney, all the props, furniture, flowers, rigging & the rest, loaded it into a ute, then into a 4 tonne truck & hired a barge to deposit us on the island for the week.
An old warehouse was our holding space & we shot in over 15 locations throughout the island (with the kind use of golf carts & smaller trucks). I always shoot a large portion of my books in January, and this year the temperature reached new heights, an all time 100 year heat record! I worked with a core team of my brother/photographer Chris, right hand Hannah, truckdriver/rigger extraordinaire Jim & the hardworking assistants, Georgie & Nicky and here are some sneak peak behind the scene pics from our time there.
Ah it feels so good to start a new year! New projects, new people, new discoveries (I just got back from India & Sri Lanka!). The Society inc. is saying goodbye to its festive Gypsy Caravan and theme and starting fresh as well. Read more
What a fantastic year 2012 was, but looking forward to seeing you all in the New year! Thank you all for loving our world. Read more
Come in tomorrow between 10am and 1pm for a Christmas booksigning! Love to see you all at The Society inc. X Sibella Read more
After another very successful event at my favourite bookshop in Brisbane, Riverbend Books, I left to explore the vaults of Queensland Museum. A speedy tour took me through the cultural and anthropological, the ancient, dinosaur, conchological, entomological and every other –ological you could think of! I am so excited to be working with them next year. Here are some snaps and a little insight into the 1.2million or so pieces they have at Queensland Museum.
At The Society inc. HQ the morning light (around 6.30am) is glorious. I often stop through on my way to the beach, and the light is distractingly beautiful. These are the objects that greet me at the top of the stairs.