SILK A PERFECT FLORAL CANVAS
FROM ART TO SCARVES
A NEW collection of beautiful silk scarves is finding its way into local boutiques, but do not be fooled.
It is not the latest line from a big-name designer, but rather the newest project from one of Fremantle’s most loved artistic couples.
Ian and Ros De Souza’s Wild silk has transformed four of Ian’s flora paintings into large, light scarves, morphing the kangaroo paw, coolibah, Sturt’s desert pea and illyarrie from nature to artwork to accessory.
Ros said she loved and had worn scarves since her 20s and even wore them while out cycling, so turning her husband’s artwork into something wearable was a perfect fit.
“The wild flora series exhibited at Stafford Studio in 2009 was a beautiful resource to draw upon and I am delighted with the end result,” she said.
“Practitioners who understand textile have complimented me on the quality of the silk and the finish and Ian is thrilled to see his ink on rice paper oeuvre enjoyed in this way.
“The concept is that they can be folded and worn as a traditional neck scarf or extended as a sarong, drape, shawl and throw, but interestingly, a friend displays her scarf on her white bedspread when she’s not wearing it and it looks absolutely stunning.”
Four different designs have been created as part of collection one, with the second collection expected to be released in late 2017.
“The product is as Western Australian as I could make it and the scarves present in a beautiful hand signed box personally assembled by the artist and make a unique gift.”
The scarves are available at FOUND at the Fremantle Arts Centre, The Art Gallery of WA’s shop and online at www.wildsilk.com.au.
Ros and Ian De Souza have transformed four of Ian’s beautiful flora paintings into stunning silk scarves.