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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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KATIE ERASER FOR ONE OF TWELVE

Brad McGlashan

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Can you imagine if the world was black and white? No, neither can we! Colour has the ability to tap into our emotions both evocatively and intuitively. Phrases like: ‘feeling blue’, ‘seeing red’ and ‘tickled pink’ all arouse a sense that would be lost without their hue. Artist Katie Eraser understands what colour can conjure, and it is both literally and figuratively at the heart of her work. 

Eraser’s abstracted, curved shapes and bending planes of colour demonstrate why scarf label, One of Twelve wanted to collaborate with her. With titles such as ‘Hahaha. Seriously!’ and ‘Oh huni, it was so good to chat’, the scarves evoke relatable everyday experiences with just a hint of tongue-in-cheek. Wonderfully warm and inviting, these pure silk twill wares explore the rapport between us and the image, creating a colourful cocoon that can be worn around the neck, shoulders and as a turban of course!

Colour captures. Colour invites. Colour stimulates. Colour is a celebration of humanity in all its imperfect splendour.

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CUSTOM SCARF PRINTING: VICTORIA SMYTH

Brad McGlashan

Victoria Smyth is a Potts Point local, whose many talents include nature photography. Victoria and her two gorgeous labradoodles were regular visitors at skarfe, then when we discovered her photography, we encouraged her to transform them into beautiful scarves! 

Having taken photographs in Aspen, Colorado, what inspired you to want to translate these onto scarves? Where did the idea stem from?

The photographs I took of bark from the Aspen tree were really taken out of curiosity.  The marks on the trunks were so expressive that I wanted to record them.  It was only when I saw the enlarged image that I saw how beautiful they were up close and so I wanted to do something with the images.  Scarves have long been an enjoyment of mine so the idea came quite naturally.

Your work started whilst on holiday in Aspen. However, your brand now also exemplifies the beauty of nature in Australia. When you photograph in Sydney, which suburbs attract you the most? And although your scarves are all quite distinct, they are all linked through your choice of subdued, natural colours. What attracts you to this tonal palette over more striking, vivid colours?

I photograph wherever I happen to be. It is almost an obsession now I’m afraid - even my friends are taking photos for me on their holidays and recommending places to visit.  Yes, my palette is quite subdued at the moment but that is largely the result of the nature of the bark.  In my next collection I will have some very beautiful and strong coloured scarves from photographs taken last summer in Sydney - the bark changes dramatically depending on the time of the year and some of the new bark is spectacular. 

Have you ever been formally trained in the arts or as a photographer?

I trained as an architect and then much, much later as a colour consultant.  I have worked in design and architectural heritage too but have always dabbled in design and colour. This latest project is a bit new as I have had to learn a bit about business!

Shop the beautiful Victoria Smyth range here! And find out more about skarfe's custom scarf printing here, or drop us a line at info@skarfe.com

AMANDA TESTA'S 'KINGDOM'

Brad McGlashan

Sydney based fashion and accessories designer Amanda Testa has combined her unique aesthetic flair with her love for lush jungle landscapes in her debut collection Kingdom. Drawing inspiration from post-Impressionist French painter Henri Rousseau’s lush foliage series, Testa has converted friendly, curious jungle creatures into irreverent, hand-appliquéd clutch bags. Each bag is personified through a unique totem and exotic talisman to clutch, carry and covet.

Where did your fascination with jungle animals start from? We heard that you drew inspiration from French artist Rousseau, but have you also been inspired by any real-life jungle animals?

I've always adored the Rousseau jungle paintings and looked to them for a 'theme' for this collection. His paintings already featured stylised animals, I've just taken it a bit further with the motifs in my designs, making them more stylised. I'd actually developed several other creatures too, but decided an edit of four pieces would make a great debut, choosing animals that were both fierce and beautiful...I quite enjoy the balance of dangerous, playful and pretty.

Kingdom is your debut collection - what advice would you give to readers who have been waiting to design their first collection, but haven’t quite been able to figure what aesthetic their brand should embody?

Any designer's aesthetic or brand will evolve over time so I wouldn't attempt to nail it down too tightly. I know I personally look forward to exploring all sorts of inspiration in the future! Some of my favourite designers have developed their 'signature' over many years, and what they're known for now is not what they started out doing...the best advice I have, is to gather inspiration, sketch, play with materials, experiment....it all goes into the melting pot of developing your own unique voice.

Social media is generally seen as a way of targeting a wide audience. Your brand however seems to be targeted at a very exclusive, niche market. How much do you think social media has helped you to reach your target audience?

My pieces aren't intended to attract everyone, so yes those that are drawn to my brand and aesthetic, appreciate and understand it wholeheartedly, and social media will continue to be wonderful for like-minds to seek each other out.

Your bags evoke quite a distinct character - if you had to name 3 fashion designers that embody the essence of your products, which would you pick?

Schiaparelli, both past and present, Bill Gibb, and a 70's-era Yves Saint Laurent mood is always close to my heart!

Shop our edit of the Amanda Testa bag collection here!