Interview : Tracey Deep

A MESSAGE FROM NADINE :

‘I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with the very talented Tracey Deep for the last 15 years.  I first met her when she was assisting the great Floral Sculpture specialist, Allison Coates.  I commissioned her to do a sculptural centrepiece for one of our first exhibition gardens, which was at Darling Harbour in 1999.  Tracey is an amazing talent and a delightful person to work with, one of the nicest people in the industry and I love the way her mind works.’

 

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU DO? WHAT LEAD YOU HERE?

I have been working as a floral sculptor for many years. Here I have the opportunity to work with natural materials and play with a diverse range of shapes and textures, which have over the years inspired the more permanent sculptures and installations.

 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My passion, love and inspiration for what I do.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

My private commission works :

-       ‘Sails in The Desert’ Uluru — 4 suspended sculptures

-       ‘The Wolgan Valley’ Emirates resort — wall installation

-        ‘Bannisters’ in Mollymook — wall installations

-       Woollahra sculpture prize finalist 2011 & 2013 (winner announced in October).

-       North Sydney art prize finalist 2013

-       John Fries art prize finalist 2012

-       Artisans in the Garden (Botanic Gardens) finalist 2013 to be exhibited in October.

 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS.

My design process is sourcing the material and drawing inspiration from the material which over time evolves into a sculpture or installation. I am passionate about sourcing found objects and totally transforming the piece into something different from its original form and use. Rebirthing something old into something contemporary and new.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING DESIGNER?

Follow your passion, put your heart and soul into everything you do, spread your wings and fly.

 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Nature is a huge source of inspiration. I love saturating myself amongst nature whenever and wherever possible. I tend to disappear into the trees, sky, clouds — all that draws my eye and plays with all my senses.  A meditation of mind, body and spirit.

 

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD DAY? AND BAD?

A good day is when my work is flowing with minimal interruption. A chance to, maybe play with new materials and start creating a new piece. The time seems to go so quickly. I always wish I had more time to create.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM?

My favourite room is my studio workspace or outdoors under a tree.

 

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee in the morning and tea in the evening.

 

DOG OR CAT?

No time for pets but I think I’m more of a dog person.

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SMELL?

Nature, the bush, flowering eucalyptus

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TOUCH?

Nature’s textures

 

FAVOURITE THING TO SEE?

Trees, nature’s shadows

 

FAVOURITE THING TO HEAR?

The ocean, the bush and classical music

 

FAVOURITE THING TO TASTE?

My first coffee for the day and first glass of red wine on a weekend

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