I’m kick-starting a new column today called ‘Style Files’, where I introduce you to a various inspiring stylists with each new feature. As a stylist myself, I am always interested in discovering other creative talent and love to hear their stories. Today I’m excited to share with you the work of renowned Sydney-based stylist Claire Delmar, who recently launched a beautiful and beyond inspiring blog entitled ‘The Palate Project‘, where she offers readers a ‘how-to-style guide’ centering around the table top. With a signature style that celebrates simplicity and a 15 year career that has spanned the fields of fashion, interiors and food, earning her titles with acclaimed magazines including Inside Out, House Beautiful, LivingEtc and Elle Decoration UK, she’s pretty much the real deal and she’s sharing all the ins and outs of her work right here.
When did you start taking an interest in styling, and what is your background?
I was always interested in fashion and textile design throughout school. I did work experience at Marie Claire Magazine whilst I was completing my Bachelor of Media and I learnt about the world of styling and never looked back.
Your styling work merges from food to interiors. Do you have an affinity with working over one rather than the other?
No I love them both. The techniques and method I use is very different when creating room sets in comparison to smaller contained shots and I love working across both formats.
How would you describe your aesthetic and how did you develop your own unique style?
I think it’s very hard to describe my own aesthetic as I’m constantly learning and evolving from every shoot I do. My style has developed over time and I would say that I often use grey as a base and prefer richer colours to pastels.
Tell us about The Palate Project.
It’s come about from a culmination of my love of food and interior styling. It’s a table setting styling blog that I hope inspires readers to entertain in a modern way.
What elements do you draw upon to conjure up the emotion that is so evident in your work?
A lot of the planning is done in my head dreaming about what I want the story to look like. Then on a more technical level I adopt the principles of design.
Was becoming a stylist a long standing dream for you?
No, it’s something that I just fell in love with the minute I found out it was a career option.
What or who inspires your creative process? How do you channel your inspiration?
Reading, visiting design studios, my mum, so many triggers in everyday life inspire me. I channel it into different shoots and creating stories for my blog.
What does a typical day look like in the life of Claire Delmar?
It changes every day depending on what briefs I’m working on. I’ve also got a residential and commercial interior design business so some days are mixed with looking for tiles for bathrooms, sourcing props for hotels or meeting with publishing houses regarding photo shoots.
What do you love most about your work?
How it’s never the same and I’m always being challenged.
What designers of today inspire you?
I love tactile pieces so often smaller local ceramic artists and sculptors. I also like the work of Tom Dixon and Matthew Hilton.
Thank you, Claire, for dropping in today to share a few snippets of your world with us, and all the very best with your work on The Palate Project!
Claire’s eye for detail and her eclectic, modern aesthetic has me in a complete tail spin. I just adore her work and hope you’ll pop over and visit The Palate Project for lots of beautiful inspiration.
Image credits: 1. (top left) Amanda Prior; (bottom) Sam McAdam; 2. Sam McAdam; 3. Gourmet Traveller Magazine; 4.Inside Out Magazine; 5 - 11, Amanda Prior