Jane Dawes enjoys being surrounded by Christmas all year round as a prop residence director. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
Meet Mrs Christmas: a Brisbane decorator who has been organizing, celebrating and organising festive cheer each day of the year for a lot more than two decades.
For 25 years Jane Dawes has decorated some of the River City’s biggest shopping centres, corporate buildings and public spaces.
We’re the magical people that set up the decorations even though everybody is sleeping in their beds.
Decorator Jane Dawes
While Christmas comes and goes each year, Ms Dawes looks at reindeers and sleighs all year round.
Her perform spot, The Prop House in the inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba, features five-metre-tall Christmas trees, life-sized gingerbread males and thousands of baubles.
The born and bred Brisbane businesswoman began in the market following generating visual merchandise displays in shopping centres.
“By means of the year we do themeing and prop employ for domestic parties and big events but it really is usually about Christmas,” she mentioned.
“We’re the magical men and women that set up the decorations while every person is sleeping in their beds.
“Christmas for us is daily, all year.”
Boxes arrive all year filled with Christmas trees, wreaths, toys and reindeers to be employed in displays. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
It is 12 months a year and it gets frantic around September when men and women panic and realise Christmas is coming.
Ms Dawes now lives and breathes the festive season as she plans, designs and builds displays with her little group of 12.
“Decorating buying centres and corporate buildings occur from September and then in January it has to be packed away once again,” she stated.
“It is 12 months a year and it gets frantic about September when men and women panic and realise Christmas is coming.
“We pretty significantly begin talking to our customers in January and February about the following Christmas.”
One of the numerous Christmas trees Jane Dawes and her group have placed all through Brisbane. (Supplied: The Prop House)
Fluffing Christmas trees
Ms Dawes mentioned one particular of the hardest components of her job was overnight purchasing centre installations.
“Clients stroll in a single day and there’s no decorations and then the next day they walk in and ‘hey presto’, there are decorations everywhere,” she stated.
“We deal with a very huge Nutcracker in the city and there is a toy solider at Springfield that stands at 4-and-a-half metres high … he’s quite impressive.”
Decorations are themed and placed in groups ready to go out to be installed. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
The main task requires a crew of 50 working non-cease from 6:00pm via to 7:00am the subsequent day.
“We have to choose our crew as we need general luggers, EWP [elevated operate platform] drivers who drive the large scissor lifts and they all have to find out how varied the workload is,” she stated.
“We make it all seem in a extremely short time.
“You can be fluffing a Christmas tree one particular minute and then testing lights the next minute or on a lift hanging garlands.”
Individual Christmas tree branches are stacked in size and length in the prop showroom. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
With extended shifts and overnight work, Ms Dawes said treats helped her team get by way of the night.
“We attempt to maintain it exciting and I go by means of lots of snake lollies at about two:00am every single shift to preserve everybody going with sugar,” she mentioned.
Buckets of baubles the size of basketballs are sorted in colour to make it straightforward for hanging. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
Checking thousands of Christmas lights
Hundreds of thousands of fairy lights are utilised in many of Ms Dawes’ displays and the stress of hoping they all function is an occupational hazard.
“There’s nonetheless that moment when you believe, ‘I hope all the lights are going to work’,” she said.
“It constantly happens and we typically hope we have not plugged in a plug or there is a loose bulb that is stopped the connection.
“Just imagine what absolutely everyone goes via setting up their Christmas tree but it is like on steroids as we’re dealing with far more lights and bigger trees.”
1 of the life-sized Nutcracker soldiers employed in purchasing centres. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
Right after Christmas dinner has been eaten, Ms Dawes stated the preparing for next year began.
“Dismantles are tough as generally the satisfaction is a storage room full of boxes but they finish about January 15,” she stated.
“We hang as significantly as we can in our warehouse as that offers us floor space and I was always the person that packed to go camping so I can pack our retailer space extremely efficiently.
“Soon after that, we then do stocktake and redo the showroom and off we go again. We just keep functioning.”
All going well, Ms Dawes tries to take time off around February every single year ahead of Christmas begins all more than again.
She mentioned the adore of her job came from the satisfaction of seeing displays up and completed.
“Realizing that we have developed a concept or custom constructed one thing and to see how it appears at the end is an amazing feeling,” she mentioned.
“I do not think I could still be carrying out it if I didn’t get that buzz.”
Decorations hang from the ceiling as they wait to be installed in shopping centres and areas throughout Queensland. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )
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