Yesterday we had the pleasure of sitting down with the beautiful Ness Scharkie, the sole owner and creator of The Nesst. As we entered her studio we were hit with a beautiful scent of native plants, fresh blooms and evergreen foliage. To watch her create such beautiful florals in her own special space was an absolute privilege. Read on for a cheeky Q&A.
Talk us through your day.
Being the only one under the Nesst name means I prep / create everything, do all the accounting, admin, orders, social media etc etc. Pretty much every day is super different to the next.
However, generally I get up pretty early, bring in any flower deliveries from suppliers, go for a walk when I can, breakfast, coffee + then onto admin time.
From there I create any delivery bunches for the day + any other events that might be happening. On days that I have weddings, my full focus is on that from the moment I open my eyes till they are closed.
I always aim to end the day by eating dinner with my husband. Unless I have a wedding on + then it is eat while you go.. haha.
How long have you been working with florals?
What made you choose the flower power life?
I went from being a professional makeup artist.. to making artificial flower crowns as a hobby.. that led to my makeup clients wanting me to create fresh flower crowns for them.. I was loving it so much that I went to TAFE to learn / study floristry + self taught myself the rest of the way. It's been a crazy / fun ride. I love how it has all fallen into place. I have been full time in the business since last year + continuing to learn so much every day.
Who / what keeps you inspired?
I think we live in a world that offers so much online inspiration that sometimes it’s hard to decipher when to stop looking. As much as I love Instagram + Pinterest, I find inspiration in everyday moments.
Little things like walking the dog + seeing a dried leaf on the ground to admire its texture or buying a coffee + noticing the art on their cups, or watching the sea spray coming off the ocean. I actually tend to leave my phone at home as much as I can now just so i can immerse myself in what is ‘actually’ happening around me + it reminds me to sit in my own space of ideas.
Do you have any style influences?
I’ve always loved Kate Moss for being able to mix boho + rocker vibes together so effortlessly.
Three fav brands?
Nine Lives Bazaar of course
Lack Of Colour (I couldn't not add a hat brand in right? haha)
Sorry I wrote four! couldn’t choose three! EEK!
Do you have a favourite, floral arrangement playlist?
I sure do… My 30th birthday playlist which is fulllllll of gangsta tunes + a mixed playlist of all my favourite old school / current tunes.
If you were a flower, what would you be?
A rose. Hardy yet sensitive, weathers storms, winds + drought yet eventually blooms through it all.
There’s my true Aquarian coming out.
Where can we find your gorgeous arrangements?
My website at www.thenesst.com or Instagram @thenesst
Heaven Blouse in Azure
Avalon Mini Dress in Sunrise
Images by Sharna Hupfeld