CONCEPT: Graceland Day Book is where we revel in the intelligent, inimitable and totally mesmerising women we come into contact with during our travels; both across the globe on buying trips and en-route to the local dance floor. A series intended to engage and inspire, this précis collection of interviews represents the backbone of Graceland’s ethos: feel stirred, be superb.
One word comes to mind when thinking of Jacqui: unremitting. An artist, a gallery director, a shop-girl and all round creative tour-de-force, she’s the perfect match for Part II of Graceland’s Daybook; embodying everything about a/the gal that’s getting it done. Gloriously funny and driven to succeed, there is a warmth and down-to-earth-ness about Jacqui’s presence that deems her very likeable and emphatic and— really—it was pleasure to imbibe a bit about what garners her sartorial ticks and creative processes. Read on:
Firstly, can you share a little about what you do?
I’m co-director of Enough Space, a creative concept space in Prahran that houses exhibitions, launches, workshops and installations. I have also been a freelance illustrator for a number of years now.
Tassel (Myrtle) by Jacqui Burnes
What is your creative process?
Usually, I just chip away at a lot of things at once. I wake up and check emails while I drink my coffee, post on social media for Enough and talk back and forth with my creative partner Laura about how our week is shaping up. For my illustration, at the moment I am often accepting work out of the blue rather than working consistently out of a studio and so I find it easy to just jump on inspiration as it comes rather than trying to sit down for an eight-hour session. I work full time as well so a lot of my work is done outside of a nine-to-five timeframe.
Jacqui at Enough Space
How does your passion for art and design influence your style-aesthetic?
I see fashion a lot differently now. It’s not all about function and cost. I like to wear bigger shapes, layer, and typically wear monochromatic pieces.
I think I enjoy looking at wild fashion rather than wearing it myself. To be honest I’m not very adventurous when it comes to dressing myself. I like to buy a garment and be able to wear it to death rather than have a lot of different pieces I wear once or twice.
What’s your absolute favourite vintage find?
Usually, I’m drawn to old ceramics or art. I love coming across kitsch artworks. I found some sexy ‘Tina’ prints 6 or 7 years ago and paid a pittance for them. She’s been hanging on my walls ever since.
What outfit is your go-to when you want to feel totally powerful in your femininity?
A good jumpsuit, a big pair of earrings and some boots I can dance in. Honestly, though, when in doubt: black on black on black.
Jacqui wears graceland collection
Could you share a special memory that is intrinsically connected to something you wore?
I used to have a rainbow gingham dress I would love wearing as a tiny kid. I remember refusing to wear anything else when my mum told me to change. My aunty later made me a patchwork blanket for my 21st birthday using all the scraps from my childhood clothing and the clothes my mum wore while pregnant with me – my rainbow gingham dress makes an appearance. It’s one of my most treasured possessions.
Who is your style icon?
It’s cheesy but I think Solange thinks of fashion in such an artistic way and uses it like wearable art. You can tell that she considers every garment she wears in such a way that is as much soft sculpture as it is fashion to the viewer.
What are your five favourite labels at the moment, and what informs your delight in them?
I am loving the clothes my friends and ladies of Melbourne are making: Abbey Rich, Caitlin She and Campbell Charlotte. I love to be able to support these women at the ground level, and it’s certainly nice to watch these garments come to life through friendships with the people that make and wear them.
Words: Lauren McCurry
Header Photo: On Jackson St
Check out more of Jacqui's work:
Instagram: Enough Space
Facebook: Enough Space
Instagram: Jacqui Burnes
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