Guest blog: Cushion styling with Bek Sheppard
Posted: 5 December 2018
We recently had the pleasure of catching up with our brand stylist Bek Sheppard. This talented lady has quickly made her mark in the industry and we’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with her over the past few years.
Bek is a bundle of positive energy with an incredible perspective of the world that is truly intoxicating. We talked about how she became BEK SHEPPARD. What drives and inspires her AND of course styling tips and tricks with WEAVE. It went a little something like this…
Hey Bek! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us. For those unfamiliar with you and your brand...
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
"Well… I am a Melbourne based stylist and art director. I got my taste for the industry working in sales and studying visual merchandising. This then lead to me assisting a selection of Melbourne stylists to really learn the ropes and get my head around this industry I was soo passionate about. After a few months of experience I took on my first client and they just kept coming! I knew from day one I wanted to own my own business and in 2014 I launched BEK SHEPPARD a multi-disciplinary creative practice specializing in the curation of identities and bringing brands to LIFE!"
That definitely comes through in your work which speaks for itself simply stunning!
What drives and inspires you?
"I’m inspired by innovation - by constantly seeing creating and surrounding myself with NEW. I also love the element of surprise and being pushed out of my comfort zone. Working with brands products and people that are creating new and exciting things. WEAVE for example when I was approached with the original collection of rugs throws and cushions I could not contain my excitement! It was SOO different to anything I had ever seen or worked with. Instantly I was inspired getting straight to work on how I could help bring this brand to life! Other drivers include colour texture other stylists patterns and travel. I love travelling to new and exciting places – there is so much to see do and learn. I always come back inspired! People are also a huge motivator for me in a position like mine you are constantly meeting new people with vision direction and drive and it can be an incredible resource to fuel the creative fire!"
That is sound advice! I’m sure our readers are taking note…
How about styling with pattern plain and texture?
"THAT right there is the beauty of the WEAVE range! It’s basically done for you. All you need to do is choose two or so patterns and the correlating textures and plains that work of them and you have your look. WEAVE has made it easy to create unique and tailored environments that are bespoke to you and your personal taste.
For example the Coastal Batik collection. If you pick one of the patterns let’s say the Haru or Kazu Pigment cushions you immediately get four colours a pattern and a beautiful textured finish to play with. From these attributes choose cushions that complement these characteristics and build your look. The patterned cushions are very much the ‘convo starting’ type and to really showcase your style a combination of pattern texture and plain help do this the best!"
Tribal Artisan and Coastal Batik collections. Why? Well, the monochrome and neutral hues I quite often use in my work I love experimenting with these tones. They work almost ANYWHERE and they are timeless! Colours can often be very trend-driven but this collection isn’t governed by this ‘rule’ and with its collection of worldly inspired patterns and textures it’s definitely one of my favourite WEAVE ranges. I also have a soft spot for the Coastal Batik collection. It speaks to me on another level as I spend much of my spare time by the water and the colours and patterns in this collection really reminded me of these moments. I especially LOVE the teal tones that come through in this range. Can I talk about the new collections too?"
Maybe? Haha! Perhaps a little sneak peek…
"Yes! Well… WEAVE has some incredible new textures plains and patterns on the way! They've expanded their collection of linen and velvet cushions and they are SOO nice! Styling your home with those ‘finishing touches’ even easier and I can’t wait for everyone to see them! Stay tuned everyone!"
There you have it, folks! A little insight into Bek and the incredible work she has done with us. If you found this post helpful we would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and let us know what you would like to hear about. We have lots of posts and interviews in the works and we would love to tailor them around what you want to know more about!