These attractive scarves for women were based on flower drawings of all the brightly coloured tropical blooms in my garden. I then spent quite a long time developing them into paintings and collages...which eventually become a series of ladies' silk scarves!
I had such fun, as days became weeks and months, that I just couldn't stop and, before I knew it, there were twelve designs, ready to be scanned and printed onto gorgeous silk!
I had started this flower drawings project a few months earlier when I visited the Cairns Botanic Gardens and took photos and made sketches of the gorgeous, flamboyant, flowering gingers growing there. There was even a native ginger, which is indigenous to North Queensland. I was fascinated by its round, deep blue berries (seeds) that formed after this impressive rainforest plant had finished flowering.
This wild ginger is featured in the first image, below. Each of these 'thumbnails' images of different designs displays a section of the whole scarf. Click on the image to see all the scarves in that design.
Please click on each image to see a variety of sizes and shapes of these scarves, all of which started life as flower drawings, paintings or photographs. The process of designing then took over so that bits of paintings merged with drawings - and even photos of painted silk!
I hope that you find the results exciting - and just what you need!
I also hope that the choice is not too overwhelming!
Large square scarves, also large oblong scarves are printed as limited editions of only 120 pieces, thus giving each added value - who knows, your purchase may become an investment in more ways than one! The weave of pure silk used is either (the ultimate in soft, draping luxury) silk satin (charmeuse), the more sturdy crepe-de-chine or finer habotai, all of exceptionally high quality.
My garden, in the tropics of North Queensland, has a variety of rainforest plants, some of them indigenous and some introduced from other tropical countries. They certainly seem to like living here and produce brightly coloured blooms in great profusion.
Because of the high rainfall and warm, humid conditions, gardens in the tropics grow fast and care must be taken to plan them well so that, what appears to be an attractive flowering bush doesn't, almost overnight, become a towering rainforest tree!
Birds drop seeds so one doesn't always have such good control over these matters unless one is prepared to weed regularly. I have my eye on one such opportunistic tree that is providing lovely shade to my house at present. A horticulturist friend tells me that it will become a rainforest giant, with a girth of metres if left to its own devices!
All of the twelve tropical flowers designs (plus three flowering gingers) are also featured on my art site, here and may be purchased from there or from these pages:
I would love to have your feedback. Do you have a favourite? Is there a reason for this? Perhaps you feel that they are a little too bright for your wardrobe? If so, that's where the tiny scarves can give just the right touch of colour to an otherwise rather drab outfit. See this page for ideas on wearing them to achieve just the effect that pleases you.
Recently, my sister, Jo, gave me a lovely small book about the many ways to wear scarves. Published in 2014 in hard back as well as on kindle, it is such a handy reference when you are looking for inspiration for a different 'look' - or to accompany the precious gift of a silk scarf!
Your opinion about these designs?