Where does the name ‘Eggpicnic’ come from?
Camila: Chris and I met in Milan in 2009. I was living with friends who were moving away, so Chris invited me to move in with him. I took everything my friends left behind, and amongst that was baskets of eggs. I arrived with my bags and all these eggs so we cooked, scrambled, poached, and went on a picnic to Parco Sempione. At that time we decided with our love for the natural world we should combine forces as a graphic designer and product designer, and that’s where Eggpicnic started.
How did you find out about Uncovered?
Chris: A friend of ours sent us a link and said, "you guys would be perfect for this!" So we checked it out and applied with specific species that live around the Opera House; the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, the Rainbow Lorikeet and a few other species as well.
Camila: When we saw the link we thought, this is the biggest thing that could happen to us and to the birds. The Opera House itself is so iconic, and so is Australia’s bird life. We thought if these two met, the natural world would have the same recognition as a manmade masterpiece.
What are you hoping to take away from this opportunity?
Camila: Being selected for the Uncovered program is an incredible opportunity for us to learn, grow our impact and to give the animals a stronger platform, grow the profile of the more-than-human-world we share our habitats with and to really put them on stage.
Which are your favourite birds in your Opera House collection?
Camila: My favourite is the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. That was the first bird I encountered in Sydney and it’s really important to me because it made me realise the interaction Australians have with their bird life.
Chris: My favourite is the Rainbow Lorikeet. You always see the rainbow lorikeet in pairs which I love, and sometimes they have a little one with them. They’re just such characters, they’re really noisy. To me that’s the typical sound that represents Sydney and I love hearing them in the morning when they’re chewing on bottlebrush.
Camila: When I was new to Sydney I had my sandwich stolen in Darling Harbour by a Silver Gull, also one of my favourite birds.