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Mary Jane Coy – Florist to the Stars and Op-Shop Volunteer
Mary Jane Coy
The Cove (Editor: That’s Lane Cove for those of you not from Sydney…)
Personal Florist by day and Op-Shop worker by night/weekends.
Cumquat May by MJ is my floral business – I love the whole experience with floral creations from the adrenaline rush you get in pursuit of flowers at the flower markets, the raw and earthy stripping and cutting and trimming of stems and branches and then that ultimate transformation.
I love the idea using a variety of vessels for blooms, using the ordinary to create a vision. That has become my mantra; find the creative in the ordinary.
I am sure that this has been with me throughout all of my “careers” first in venue management, my most recent and current career and also my role as Mother to my wonderful two groovers. I love walking/hiking and have a couple of walking groups that I do this with regularly. I am ready to start the day early – sunrise yes please. I never tire of the light of early morning, and solving the world’s (or more localised let’s face it) problems with a fast-paced walk and conversation.
You’re being humble saying you have a floral business. The reality is that you’re known as the personal florist to the stars. Can you drop us some gossip on what type of flowers the rich and famous like?
I can’t really say much but you’d be surprised at how into flower selection even successful people can be. We all have a connection with nature and its fascinating to see how even the busiest of people find time in their day to turn their minds to the flora that makes them happiest and brings back their favoured memories.
How do you start a typical day?
Up before the crack of dawn with nespresso in hand and out the door around 3.45am.
Yuk! We hate early starts…but it must be amazing to be amongst the beautiful sights and smells of the flower markets so early in your day:
It is pretty wonderful to be part of an energetic world that is alive when most of the city is in darkness.
3 items you can’t live without?
In order of my day; my opticals, my podcasts, dark chocolate.
Sneaking Duck frame of choice:
Mother of Turtle Sunglasses
Why Sneaking Duck?
I enjoy my interpretation of fashion; certainly isn’t to every one’s taste. I really enjoy mixing up my looks and that does include changing my opticals to match my look. When it comes to a combination of quality, range and uniqueness I’ve never found anything better suited to me than Sneaking Duck.
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