After a recent trip to Sydney Contemporary Art Fair it is plain to see botanical prints are having a moment. We saw birds with decapitated heads highlighted in fluro by artist Joan Ross, native flowers printed and layered on glass displaying the colour spectrum, and Damian Hirst’s famous foil printed butterflies. Call it collective consciousness, but with all these botanical references in bloom, the timing is rather apt for the Museum of Australia to release their Scott Sisters scarf, designed and printed exclusively by us.
Who are the Scott Sisters?
Helena and Harriet were two of 19th Century Australia’s first professional female natural history illustrators. Born to Harriet Calcott and wealthy entomologist, grazier and entrepreneur, Alexander Walter Scott, they mixed in a liberal-minded community who encouraged women in their ideas.
Schooled by their father in the techniques of natural history illustration and scientific observing and collecting, they helped compile his book Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations. While only 21 of the 100 paintings were published, it is plain to see the sisters’ talent to capture the minute intricacies of nature through their use of colour, texture and detail.
When we were presented with the sisters botanical plates and asked to turn them into a scarf, we jumped at the chance. The vivid colours and patterns of the butterflies wings and native flowers come alive on a swathe of chiffon, while the black and blue backgrounds make them seem like they are taking flight. Paying tribute to the Scott Sisters skills as artists and scientific observers has been a true honor and we hope they would approve of our interpretation.
For more information about the scarf, contact the Australian Museum store or to learn more about Skarfe’s custom scarf printing, send us an email at email@example.com