Those seeking a splash of colour this autumn may well find it at St Agnes Eve – a London label with a new collection of very British, limited-edition silk scarves.
Created by artist, designer and photographer Jacqui Sinnatt, each 130cm sq or 200cm x 66cm scarf (£150) is based on her photographs of the British countryside. Pricklehead Blue (fourth and fifth pictures), for example, depicts ultra-magnified burrs, which resemble the giant thistles found in the Scottish Highlands, while the jewel-like Doddington Tulips (first and third pictures) was inspired by “the riot of colour that permeated the senses” at a spring flower festival.
“I take photographs wherever I go, searching for beauty in details and curious juxtapositions of nature, textures and objects,” says Sinnatt. Her kaleidoscopic patterns take shape through digital experimentation, “exploring colour and abstracting the image until the design captures the essence of a place, but is no longer a literal depiction”. All are printed and hand-finished in Britain, in limited editions of 50.
Sinnatt’s travels have taken her from Cornwall to Scotland’s Isle of Skye. “Each place has its own beauty, but I am a London girl at heart,” she says. “I enjoy the surprising patches of wildness you can find in urban areas.” Her London designs include Richmond Rose and London Skies (sixth picture). The latter is based around photos taken near Kew Gardens; when she found that aeroplanes had crept into almost all of her shots, she used their distant silhouettes at the centre of her design.
Every St Agnes Eve scarf tells a story: Sinnatt’s favourite, the stunning Nettlebed Blue (second picture), is based on a photograph taken on a winter family stroll – of a jawbone lying in a frozen Oxfordshire field, surrounded by twigs and fallen leaves. “The print that evolved contrasts the bleakness of winter with the soft golden sunlight,” she explains. “It’s about positive and negative, about finding beauty in decay. I like incorporating unlikely, quotidian objects into a design, and turning them into something luxurious and beautiful.”