These designer scarves grew from my love of the gorgeous flowering gingers that abound in the tropics. Even the spice types of ginger plants have attractive flowers, although they are generally not as showy as the non-edible types.
Mind you, developing the scarves was rather a slow process and it took me quite a while to study and draw, then design this small range of beautifully soft silk satin georgette designer scarves. I had been thinking about doing so for ages as it seemed a good idea to have set designs that clients could order. I enjoy the flowering gingers growing in my garden, in resort gardens and parks.
Their bright colours, distinctive shapes and long-lasting qualities make for spectacular displays, whether one is growing ginger in a garden or using the blooms as part of an indoors floral arrangement.
Photo merge of some of the beautiful ginger flowers growing in Cairns Botanical Gardens
I decided that there was no better place to research flowering gingers than at the Cairns Botanical Gardens, where a riot of gingers plants, sourced from all over the world, mostly flower at the same time, in the lead-up to the Wet season in North Queensland.
Several excursions to these expansive and peaceful gardens
resulted in sketches and photographs of the stunning torch gingers in
pinks and reds, the yellow and orange beehive gingers, pale shell
gingers, white perfumed butterfly gingers, even our own native or wild
ginger with its remarkable deep blue berries as well as the variety of
greens in their leaves.
Red gingers pure silk satin georgette scarf - 45cm x 180cm
These flowering ginger designer scarves have been digitally printed in Australia, using the highest quality dyes and pure silk georgette. They have a beautiful lustre and soft, luxurious 'handle'.
Designs were developed from photographs, paintings and drawings of flowers into a large format, ready for scanning. Drawings were made on sized, heavy water colour paper using oil pastels to achieve the textured and sketchy line work, then given a more painterly finish with Archival oil paints.
After I had completed the artwork to scale the scans by Lee Middleton, from High Scan in Cairns, were sent to Think Positive Designs in Sydney, whose chief designer, Penny McIntyre, prepared the files ready for printing.
Yellow and orange beehive ginger flowers - pure silk satin georgette scarf 45cm x 180cm
See photos on the right of this page for how this creative process
worked. Normally for 'one off' scarves and fabric lengths I work
directly onto silk with paintbrush, screens, squeegees and dyes, but
this time I wanted to try a more planned and controlled approach.
Note that three 'colour ways' have been chosen - the reds contrasting boldly with light and dark green ginger leaves, while the oranges and yellows give a different feeling as does the softer pink ginger design.
The wider wrap then combines all three designs in an exuberant expression of joyful abandonment - such fun to wear!
Pink gingers offset by perfumed white ginger flowers and blue wild ginger seeds 45 x 180cm
The scarves are a generous size, being 45 centimetres wide and 180 centimetres long - a perfect size for dressing up a plain coloured outfit for afternoon or evening wear.
By repeating the scarves designs across the silk fabric a
luxurious and elegant silk evening wrap or skirt/sarong of the same
length (180 cm) but twice the width (90 cm) has resulted.
This one really has the 'wow' factor!
Pure silk satin georgette wrap, 90cm x 180cm includes all ginger designs. Also available in pure silk crepe-de-chine.
These designer scarves make beautiful gifts - for yourself or for a special person in your life. Silk is really quite tough but as long as you observe normal care instructions it should last 'forever'. Perhaps your beautiful purchase will be an heirloom of the future?
Recommended retail prices are A$180 for each of the scarves and A$330 for the wider silk georgette wrap. The silk crepe-de-chine wrap is $240 - all plus postage.
If you are a member of this site and receive the e-newsletter 'Perspectives' you automatically qualify for a $10 discount on each of the scarves, above, however many you decide to buy.
Large pink silk satin georgette scarf - model, Virginia, appears to be enjoying herself!
Two smaller sizes are available for those who would like a smallish waist or neck scarf or one for your hat.
Crepe-de-chine pure silk, medium (140cm x 25cm), available in all three designs - $78.00 ea
Crepe-de-chine pure silk, small (84cm x 14.5cm), available in all three designs - $35.00 each
AND NOW! Check out this new range of colourful tropical flowers.
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Designs were slowly developed from sketches and flower drawings to paintings and then transposed into digital prints.