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Skarfe is Australia's premier scarf boutique. We source & select the finest scarves from around the world, and ship to your door for free. Skarfe also offers custom digital printing services & works with talented local artists on limited edition scarf collaborations.

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PAINT BY COLOUR

Brad McGlashan

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There can be no denying the magic of colour. We each experience it in a completely different way, its spectral hues making an impression. The Art Gallery of South Australia charts the revolution of colour through the art of the Impressionists with their new exhibition, Colours of Impressionism. With 65 masterpieces exclusively on display from the Musée d’Orsay, one can revel in Monet’s emerald greens, Renoir’s blush pinks and Manet’s dramatic tones.

As part of the exhibition’s gallery shop we have rendered our own cashmere scarves in hues reflective of The Masters palette. From forest green and cornflower blue to rosy pink and lavender, our scarves move like the brushstrokes of Pissaro.

We also collaborated with the Gallery to turn Paul Signac’s Les Andelys (1886) painting into a silk chiffon scarf for the exhibition. Back in 1886 when the painting was first exhibited, critic Gustave Kahn noted that the piece was ‘deeply infused with the joy of things and illustrated with the magical effects of light.’ (La Vie moderne, 9 April 1887). The same can be said of its transformation into a scarf. We chose to render the work onto silk chiffon to enhance the iridescent quality of the work, as the water seems to ripple with movement and the greenery rustles as the wind blows through. The dappled brushstrokes and muted palette of green, greyish blue and biscuit neutrals meld into a luminous pattern when draped around the neck, drawing focus to the colours themselves. 

This is a stunning exhibition that cannot be missed, especially when you can take home a piece from the Musée d’Orsay— in scarf form of course! Colours of Impresssionism runs from March 29 to July 29 2018. Purchase your tickets here

For more information on Skarfe's custom printing, email info@skarfe.com

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IN FULL BLOOM

Brad McGlashan

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There is nothing more beautiful than a rose. From its initial stages as a teardrop bud to the unfurling of its velvety petals — it is beauty in its purest form. Melbourne photographer, Fabrice Bigot, has captured the rose’s ephemeral majesty in his latest exhibition ‘BLOOM’ at MARS gallery. Held in honor of International Women’s Day, the exhibit reads as an ode to women, with each rose acting as a symbol of individuality and haunting beauty.

Bigot transports the viewer to the early morning hours in various Victorian gardens, drawing the flower into focus with his play on light and heightened colour. One can almost taste the fresh morning dew, touch the rose’s silky petals and smell its sweet scent. Bigot’s work allows us to experience a moment in time that is both familiar and meditative, and therein lies the artist’s power.

As part of the exhibition we transformed Bigot’s work ‘Flores Venerae #7’ into a pure silk chiffon scarf. Limited to just 50 pieces, a percentage from the sale of the scarves will be donated to Global Fund for Women to support anti-violence programs around the world. Available at both MARS Gallery and The Store, this is a scarf that celebrates the beauty of being a woman— thorns and all.

For more information on Skarfe's custom printing services, email info@skarfe.com

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JUNGLE FEVER

Brad McGlashan

Calling all you fashion animals out there, heed the tiger's roar this outfit is for you! Centred around Amanda Testa's ‘Two Tigers’silk scarf (tied preferably at the neck or as a turban), this look will have you, ironically, standing out in Mango's oversized camo-print parka* juxtaposed with black sequin shorts and Balenciaga's iconic embellished heels. Mercedes Salazar's palm leaf earrings emphasise Testa's exotic jungle vibe, while A-Morir's quirky shades and Roxanne Assoulin's 90s-inspired bracelets keep things upbeat. Honour the big cat family with this leopard print bag — perfect for stowing away all those essentials you need to explore the urban jungle.

*Note the little frog brooch- a souvenir from your explorations perhaps?

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PLAID MAD

Brad McGlashan

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It’s time to kick up your heels and do a highland jig, Phillip Ayers has given classic plaid a modern make-over!

The master of abstraction, his re-imagining of the iconic print takes on a pixelated form, rendered in an array of bold contrasting colours. Spun from a mix of wool and silk, their generous size offers a myriad of styling options, from an easy enveloping of the shoulders to more complex wrapping styles sealed with a brooch - why they’d even make a great blanket!

While seemingly familiar with their Scottish undertones, these wraps are thoroughly modern and will play an active role in your wardrobe come winter.

Shop the range here

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SCARF TRAVELLER

Brad McGlashan

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There can be no denying that Australia is the home of some of the worlds greatest treasures, but why, oh, why does it have to be so far away from everywhere else?! Unlike those lucky ones in the Northern Hemisphere, the mere exercise of jumping on a plane to visit a foreign land for a day or two, is not only exhausting but can be rather taxing on the bank account. But oh how we long to see more. While some of us armchair travellers may get our travel fix from Instagram or flicking through the pages of Gourmet Traveller, it is scarf label Bird & Knoll who satiates our wanderlust.

Each season they invite us to escape to far off lands, with their luxurious cashmere blend scarves acting like windows to different destinations around the world. This season they have provided us with a one-way ticket to Greece, Italy and Morocco. The images are so vivid, so enticing one can almost touch the trinkets hanging in a market stall in Athens; count the tiles paving the lofty heights of the Piazza del Duomo in Florence; and smell the North African flavours of a spice alley in a Moroccan souk. Like fabricated postcards, each scarf swirls into a blend of colours and patterns, capturing not only the essence and escapism of travel, but the visual make-up of what the world has to offer. Envelope yourself in the journey - no passport required!

Shop the Bird & Knoll range here

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CALLING HOBART HOME

Brad McGlashan

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Did you know Skarfe has popped-up in Hobart? Well why wouldn’t we dare to cross the Bass Strait when there is so much going on in Tassie! Why just over the Christmas period we witnessed The Sydney to Hobart Race, The Taste of Tasmania Festival and The Hobart Antique Fair!

Our second home is in the new Brooke St Pier and boasts stunning waterfront views, ample dining options and is only a 25 minute ferry ride from MONA- The Museum of Old and New Art.

If you haven’t been to The Brooke St Pier you must! Not only because we are now part of the furniture, but because this hub of transport and trade is a master feat in innovation and modern architecture. Floating like a large glass house, it moves with the tide and is both building and boat. One could almost mistake its modernist make-up for an art gallery, making it the perfect environment to showcase our silken wares. 

So what are you waiting for, book a flight or cabin on The Spirit of Tasmania, and come and check out our new digs. We promise the Apple Isle will not disappoint, nor will the scarves!

Click here for directions to our Hobart location!

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MEET OUR MATCH: ONE OF TWELVE

Brad McGlashan

There is no doubt about it, Australian organisation, One of Twelve, is our kindred spirit!  Passionate and dedicated to the art sector, they have created a range of scarves that celebrate emerging and established artists within the Asia Pacific region in a tangible way. As many of you are aware, art is at the heart of everything we do here at Skarfe — it is in every silk fibre that hangs in our store— so it seems only natural that we should welcome One of Twelve into our collection.

Working directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres, the range includes works by five artists: Margaret Baragurra, Derek O’Conner, Ham Darroch, Jimmy Donegan and Samuel Miller. Each vibrant design is realized on a silk satin square with hand-rolled hems and is accompanied with the artist’s card, detailing their background and practice. While each scarf is utterly unique, there is an intrinsic harmony that is so undeniably Australian. It is this focus, this interest in our country that makes these works so empowering.

We are so excited to have found our soul sister, or brother from another mother, in One of Twelve and hope you too will be captivated by their cultural synergy.

Shop the new One of Twelve range here

CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE!

Brad McGlashan

Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage” and nothing could be truer about this look! Karen Black’s cashmere modal scarf acts as our muse with its painterly yet abstracted forms rendered in primary hues.

Designed to drape effortlessly around the neck, it sits atop Marni’s mustard yellow sweater dress, which we dare you to wear over patterned pants! Yes ladies! A dress over pants is the look du jour! It takes guts, but if your proportions are right it can be a winner. Either go for just above the knee or mid-calf to ankle length. The line is also key so choose either an A-line dress with skinny pants or a straight shift with wide legs.

To elongate your silhouette, opt for Dries Van Noten’s irresistible velvet pumps, with a heel so striking it deserves to be displayed on the mantle! Make the colours in Black’s scarf go ‘pop!’ with bold Perspex accessories like these cuffs by Lizzie Fortunato and Sylvio Giardina and earrings by All Things Mochi.

Simon Miller’s pony skin Bonsai bag breaks up the madness, while still offers an artistic edge with its speckled resin ring handles. Whack on a pair of crazy frames and you could almost be mistaken for one of Black’s colourful characters! 

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KAREN BLACK: OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

Brad McGlashan

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Our latest collaboration with local artist Karen Black is an ode to our home, Potts Point. With a host of eccentric personalities, from bankers and bums to dames and drag queens, Potts Point is integral to our D.N.A as it is with Karen’s.
 
Living in King’s Cross, her work ‘Licking the rain’ (2017) explores the imaginary lives of the people living in the apartment block she looks out upon. Playing out like a film, her invented cast of colourful characters comes alive on a generous swathe of cashmere modal. A rich melody of colour, shape and fabric sparks intrigue and entices us to imagine the stories that lie beneath!
 
Karen’s ability to communicate an inner human dialogue through her ambiguous shapes marries with the art of the scarf. Her Potts Point locals introduce themselves at various moments, depending on how the scarf is wrapped and draped. Working with Karen has been a symphonic relationship and one very close to our hearts.
 
‘Licking the rain’ (2017) was a finalist in this year’s Sulman Award at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Shop Karen Black's limited edition collaboration for SKARFE here

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LEAH FRASER: ARTIST OR SORCERER?

Brad McGlashan

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Image Credit: Natasha Foster for SKARFE

Sydney-based artist Leah Fraser is a modern day Scheherazade. Her lyrical paintings tell stories of shaman-like characters travelling through mystic lands in search of spiritual metamorphosis. Decorated in ritualistic clothing, her figures seem to grow from nature, exploring mans deeply intrinsic relationship to the natural world.
 
Fraser’s latest work takes us on a journey, foraging through rich thickets strewn with wild flowers and humming with birds to discover a woman, pierced by arrows and yet, ‘Her beauty was visible still’. We have translated this dream-like scene onto a luxuriously soft cashmere modal scarf. Hand-fringed, it drapes beautifully on the body, exposing different elements of the artwork each time it is tied, whether it be a floral motif, trees against a dusk sky, or the Artemis-like figure herself. Fraser, be she story-teller, witch or artist, has shrouded us in a magical scarf worthy of a shaman. 

Shop the limited edition Leah Fraser cashmere blend scarf here!
 

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INTRODUCING AMANDA TESTA FOR SKARFE

Brad McGlashan

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Accessories designer Amanda Testa takes us on a journey deep into the jungle with her eponymous Kingdom accessories range. Completely made by hand, the Sydney-based designer creates her unique handbag collection with captivating fabric appliqués inspired by Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Orientalist imagery.

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For her first collaboration with Skarfe, Amanda has recreated three of her beguiling animal motifs on classic hand-rolled silk twill square scarves. Reminiscent of Henri Rousseau, each scarf comes alive with richly coloured butterflies, gorillas and tigers, peering out from an exotic jungle setting. Amanda Testa for Skarfe is an offering of unique totems and exotic talismans to covet and caress…which spirit animal will you wear?

Shop Amanda Testa for Skarfe here!

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INTRODUCING: FRANKIE PEACH

Brad McGlashan

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New scarf label Frankie Peach is, quite frankly, just peachy! Much like the fruit itself, the scarves are sweet, fresh and utterly modern.

Founded by friends Sali Sasi and Charlotta Backlund, the duo boast impressive experience within the fashion industry— Sasi cofounded Stylerunner and Backlund has 10 years of styling experience, which recently included being fashion director of Cosmopolitan. It is this synergy that makes their scarves not only irresistible but clever and considered, as they offer everything from silk twillies and squares to generous cashmere pashminas.

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With a little help from our custom printing services, each scarf is patterned with beautiful folkish hand-painted wild flowers, Cocteau-esque figures, stripes, spots and big beautiful blooms that seem to go ‘Bang! Bang!’. You can’t help but note the succulent little peach that accents each scarf and their clever titles, including ‘Bare It All’ for the naked dames and ‘In Plain Sight’ for the simple cashmere wrap.

Now we could stop there and let these delectable pieces speak for themselves, but how could we when they themselves speak for so much more? $1 from every Frankie Peach sale goes towards Pink Hope, a charity that empowers women to understand and reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer. What better reason is there to take a big juicy bite of this new label.

Shop the Frankie Peach scarf designs here or to learn more about Skarfe's custom scarf printing services email us at info@skarfe.com 

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#CREATINGCOLOURCHEMISTRY

Brad McGlashan

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Grace Burzese is a Sydney-based abstract painter who revels in colour. We've recently had the opportunity to digitally print three of her original artworks as silk scarves, and couldn't be more thrilled with the result. We sat down with Grace for a quick Q&A to chat about her process, and to discuss how her work translates to textiles...

Grace, your work is a beautiful exploration of colour and form and it seems to truly come alive when rendered on silk. Was it this that made you decide to collaborate with us using our custom printing services?

First off, thank you. I have really enjoyed the process of seeing how the paintings translate onto silk. For a while I had been thinking of transferring some of my artworks onto fabric as an adjunct to my practice, so when I came across Skarfe and their custom printing services, it was such a great option. The quality of printing is so rich and detailed, that it provided a foolproof way to experiment and try a new venture. It meant I didn’t have to trail around to different printers searching for the results I was after and Brad is such an easy-going and lovely person to work with.

You have mentioned that abstraction allows you to explore your sense of being. Do you feel by turning your works into scarves you are adding another dimension to your work? Perhaps allowing others to explore their own sense of self just by wearing them, or seeing the work abstracted further as it is artfully tied?

Absolutely! Yes, to all of the above. Whether one is making art or collecting it, it’s an expression of self - what we like to surround ourselves with and how we adorn ourselves and lives. The scarves act as an extension to the practice - the articulation of forms and colours in space with fabric. A couple of years ago I made some sculptures which explored the idea of a three-dimensional painting, essentially veering the painting away from only existing within a two-dimensional picture plane. Similarly, through draping and folding, the scarves act as a soft sculpture. Because the materiality of the paint and mark making is rendered so richly, your eye follows those marks as actual forms and this adds another layer when wearing the scarf as parts stand out as being quite three dimensional.

As an artist what does it mean to you to see your work not just hanging on walls but turned into something more commercial, more viable – does it change the way you approach your practice?

The work I make is process based and all about experimentation and play. I love the making aspect of it. Turning paintings into scarves is another avenue to maintain my creative practice. The scarves are essentially limited edition prints of the work, but one you can wear and play with. Being an artist and having gallery shows is wonderful, however, one of the best parts of this is when a work sells and you get to see it live through someone else. It’s always such a joy to come across your artwork in someone’s home or work environment. Making scarves allows this process to be a lot more accessible. That’s one of the reasons I created the hashtag #creatingcolourchemistry. I sincerely would love to see how people style themselves or objects around them with the scarves. And then in a way, it becomes a moving, morphing installation. I want to encourage people to bring beauty, colour and art into their lives. To have fun with it.

How would you like people to interpret your scarves? 

I’d like people to primarily interpret the scarves as utilitarian pieces of art. To enjoy them, but not be too precious with them, let them become a part of your everyday expression of self.

Check out Grace's gorgeous new scarf range here, or learn more about our custom scarf printing here

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THE SCARF ABOUT TOWN

Brad McGlashan

Victoria Smyth’s ‘Hong Kong Shutter Scarf’ is the scarf about town -

Uptown meets Downtown. An urban theme swirls into a bold combination of oranges, greens and greys, lending itself to a myriad of outfit options.

For the Uptown woman, tie it over Lanvin’s ‘throw-on-and-go’ khaki dress; give the look a glamorous twist with Simon Harrison’s intricate bear cuff and claw earrings (these pieces will stop people in their tracks!). A sharp pointed toe flat is a MUST in every wardrobe and these two offerings from Mercedes Castillo and Malone Souliers are both chic and contemporary. Finish the look with a pair of cat-eye sunnies and Fendi’s new Dotcom bag - subtle enough to compliment the patterns in the scarf and also a worthy statement investment.

Now, for the Downtown girl. Look no further than Givenchy’s paillette dress— for who can resist a bit of sparkle! Dare to wear this piece during the day by donning a pair of pristine kicks and twisting the scarf into a turban. Pared-back jewellery, such as MPNT’s single earring and Sarah and Sebastian’s ring keeps the look sharp and modern, while Fendi’s fluro baguette teamed with furry friend or Shrimps' vintage-inspired beaded bag adds a quirky finish. Uptown, downtown all-around-town Victoria Smythe’s scarf is the working accessory.

Shop Victoria Smyth's Hong Kong Scarf here!

CUSTOM SCARF PRINTING: LAUREN WEBSTER

Brad McGlashan

Lauren Webster is a Sydney-based artist and creative, known as Lauren & The Lost Boys. Her graphic work has lent itself to a number of collaborations, with fashion labels, surfboard and skateboard brands, photographers, object designers, jewellers, interior decorators, magazines and events.

Lauren recently reached out to us to ask about turning one of her amazing designs into a silk scarf. And we couldn't be more pleased with the result! 

Lauren's 'Protea Impala' started out as an original ink on paper artwork, and at skarfe we've digitally printed the design to a luxurious silk twill with hand-rolled hems. Definitely one of the coolest neck-scarves we've made to date! 

Lauren's instagram is a constant source of inspiration or shop the scarf on her online store. For more information about skarfe's custom printing read about it over here, or just drop us a line at info@skarfe.com We're happy to chat! 

BIRD & KNOLL SS 17 'DAYS LIKE THESE'

Brad McGlashan

Escape with the new summer scarf range from Bird & Knoll. From South African Safaris to Aperols on the Amalfi Coast, the new Spring Summer collection, 'Days Like These' has you covered in their signature oversized cashmere blend.

Perhaps one of skarfe's most popular scarf ranges, Bird & Knoll tie together two great passions of ours; travel and scarves. Each unique design is a snapshot of an exotic time and place, and can be used as a scarf, sarong or wrap. 

Indulge your wanderlust & check out 'Days Like These' here.

FANCY DRESS FRIDAY

Brad McGlashan

It’s time to play dress up!  Fun, frivolous and oh-so fancy, Karen Mabon’s Fancy Dress Silk Scarf is the perfect accoutrement to put a smile on the ol’ dial. Christopher Kane’s simple shift dress plays the perfect backdrop to bring out the zesty orange hues in Mabon’s scarf. Taking inspiration from the terrier-dressed-as-lobster, we have teamed it with Yazbukey’s shell bag and coral-inspired earrings. We can’t resist new and exciting labels, so look to Poppy Lissiman for a pair of out-there cat-eyes (the dogs be damned!) and Abo Shoes for a pair of brogues that need little introduction.

Or let the scarf take center stage with an outfit that plays with the notion of not-so-basic-basics. Gucci’s hand-painted jeans and H&M’s white tee provide the perfect foundations for an outfit built on subtle quirks. Marques Almeida’s soft pink leather jacket highlights the bull dog’s polka-dot tutu, while the accessories complement Mabon’s sense of humour without detracting— a pair of ‘look-at-me’ platforms, Yazbukey’s kitsch bag and Doodad and Fandango’s surreal earrings. But don’t forget…every dress-up box MUST have a tiara!

HUSEYIN SAMI X SKARFE

Brad McGlashan

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Huseyin Sami, Untitled (PWGB) 2016, acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122cm

Huseyin Sami’s work seems to lend itself to the art of the scarf. His unique material language of painting and his exploration of opening up a new creative space, seems harmonious with our own ideas of wearable art. Delicious Neapolitan hues of household paint seem to drape over the canvas exploring colour, form and materiality. It is this tactility that adds another element to our sizable silk twill design.

At our recent scarf-tying event in aid of Pratham AUS, it was fascinating to see how the colours and drape complemented each complexion, adding softness and style in an understated and beautiful way. The joy of owning and wearing this scarf, is that however you tie it, it will always look different — what could be more exciting than a piece that will constantly surprise?

Huseyin Sami is represented by the Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney, and the Sophie Shannon Gallery in Melbourne. Shop the limited edition scarf collaboration here.

MOTHER OF THE DRY TREE

Brad McGlashan

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Nell, Mother of the Dry Tree 2017, Synthetic polymer paint and mixed media on linen, wood.

AC/DC, the Virgin Mary and Child — a collaboration? Why not! Here at Skarfe we continue to explore the fascination and utter joy of turning a significant piece of contemporary art into something that is uniquely wearable, and more importantly attainable!

Imagine yourself swathed in the arm-like branches of artist, Nell’s ‘Mother of the Dry Tree’ painting, hung at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of The National: 2017. Rendered upon a luxuriously soft and lightweight cashmere and modal blend, this oversized piece is both haunting and seductive.  Fusing religious iconography with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, our scarf exemplifies the way in which material and image combine to create its own distinctive art form. Nell’s work literally speaks for itself- with its wailing ovoid shapes that could possibly be singing a rendition of ‘Highway to Hell’. Now isn’t that an interesting thought?!

Nell is represented by Roslyn Oxley9. Shop the limited edition Nell collaboration here.