It's A Wrap

Artists find a fresh canvas

Text by Christabel Stewart

Photography by Polly Brown

Printed scarves are a staple of the great 20th-century fashion houses, such as Hermès, Fendi and Ferragamo. Artists began working in this wearable medium as early as 1947, when Czech artist and designer Zika Ascher persuaded Henri Matisse to design scarves for his company. The resulting blue and white silk scarf was the first of a series of artists’ scarves Ascher went on to produce with, among others, André Derain, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Cecil Beaton and Henry Moore. By the 1960s, even Picasso had allowed his imagery to be printed on fabric (though he drew the line at upholstery). Today, New York’s Artists Space and Berlin’s LRRH are bringing a new generation to the now venerable art of scarf design. Last year Artists Space commissioned a set of limited-edition crêpe de Chine silk scarves from artists including Richard Nicoll & Linder Sterling (Receiving Light), Stewart Uoo (Love, Eternity, Peaceful, Sad-sorrow) and Jean-Michel Wicker (Untitled Berliner Brutalist). Proceeds go towards helping the not-for-profit institution’s exhibitions and programming.

LRRH (Little Red Riding Hood), founded in Berlin in 2009, commissions artists to work on textiles, mainly printed scarves. Sold internationally through outlets such as Los Angeles’ Ooga Booga, the two LRRH scarves featured here are Alex Bircken’s Blondie (2010) and Lucy Mackenzie’s Marble Parquet (2009).

Grooming: Poppy France using Ellis Faas and Bumble and bumble
Model: Karolina at Premier Model Management

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