Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

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.wild­

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d462184

Ros and Ian De Souza have trans­formed four of Ian’s beau­ti­ful flora paint­ings into stun­ning silk scarves.

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