Porthmeor Studio, St. Ives: Live Silk Scarf Project
Inspired by the belongings left behind at Barbara Hepworth and Sandra Blow's studios, my scarf design captures the continuous movements of sculpting and making. I have always been captivated by the feeling of past human presence when visiting Hepworth's studio, where tools in disarray prompt one to imagine her working many years ago, so I hope this is portrayed through the design. The hands are illustrated from a BBC documentary of Hepworth, which show her carving and chiseling her sculpures (scroll right).
The silk scarf design is multi-directional, illustrative and conceptual, and celebrates the work and lives of the two female artists. The colours are extracted from the coats left behind in Hepworth's studio, whilst the modern and traditional tools are drawn from Blow's beautifully untouched workspace. The quotes are taken from articles and documentaries about the two, which speak about the way they worked, and used their sensory feelings to create.
The design was selected amongst others to be presented to a board of judges, and exhibited in Porthmeor Studios in Spring 2017. Click here to see the blog entry of the day by Sophie Chadwick from Seasalt.
Film Photos Of Sandra Blow's Studio © Hannah Dickinson 2016
Screenshots taken from BBC Documentary 'Barbara Hepworth', first shown 17 Sept 1961. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p013h27r/barbara-hepworth)
Scarf design pictured second right.