Wendy Boynton is a super stylish researcher with Compass ABC TV. Starting her career in media writing reviews for “Rip it Up” (which she happily says is still going strong); Wendy worked all around the country for ABC and for production houses. Having landed her current role with the Compass program six years ago, Wendy often finds herself discovering wonderful people and their stories.
A favourite Wendy has worked on is about the creation of the Labyrinth in Sydney’s Centennial Park. This destination for spiritual exercise and peace of mind was envisaged and spearheaded by Emily Simpson. It was Emily’s own positive experience of this 5000 year-old practise that lead her to a fundraising mission and collaboration with skilled architects and stonemasons to create a Labyrinth for all to enjoy. Three years later and 1700 hand finished sandstone blocks laid – it’s a place to lighten the load.
We thought what better place to photograph Wendy, than walking her story.
Is there a present or past day style icon who you draw inspiration from? The Sartorialist is great fun for streetwear. Yohji Yamamoto has always been my favourite designer; I love his simple but never predictable tailoring.
When travelling, what is the most important thing to always pack in your suitcase? As little as possible because I usually only take carry-on luggage no matter how long or where I’m going. Sometimes the return journey involves more luggage though!
Where do you find inspiration from: nature, architecture, people? Nature is fabulous but people are the most inspiring – friends, family and the people I meet through work from Kylie Kwong to the amazing Auburn Giants women’s AFL team we have just finished filming.
Memories are in what we wear, what piece of clothing or accessory takes you immediately back to that moment? I spent my entire 1983 tax return on an Issey Miyake black and white scarf and every time I wear it I’m reminded of the mad eighties & reminded that I should never wear shoulderpads that big again.
What colour combinations make you feel happy? Red always makes me feel happy, but red, indigo and white in a geometric pattern is absolute bliss.
Do you plan what you are wearing the night before or do you reach for whatever is closest when you get dressed in the morning? I wish I did plan what to wear the night before! But given the number of times I’ve arrived at the gym missing essential items such as one shoe, perhaps I’d best stick to the usual morning chaos and grab something accessible.
How important is it that your clothes are functional? Essential – I love walking; and for work, I sometimes also record sound on location and that means maximum flexibility and absolutely no potential wardrobe malfunctions.
On wearing Good Day Girl, one word to describe how it feels: Delightful.
A big thank you to Wendy for playing with us and to Dean Tirkot for climbing the tree for the shot!
Read more about the Labyrinth on ABC Compass here and it is well worth a calming visit.