Hilary Collins

 

DISTINCTIVE HAND PAINTED SILK SCARVES AND ACCESSORIES WITH A SLIGHTLY RETRO, QUIRKY FEEL

Since graduating in Textiles in `85, I`ve worked freelance in Print Design for dress fabrics, selling abroad and in the UK, through agencies.

My passion for working with pattern and colour has more recently lead me to create a finished product: the scarf. It provides a wonderful blank canvas for my designs, literally, as the silk is stretched on a frame. I love the spontaneity of painting freehand directly onto the scarf, the designs often originating from geometric or plant forms.The colours are very important to me, and I think they`re the first thing that attracts the eye. They are often almost `Vintage`, even brighter colours having a soft edge to them. I dye and redye, in order to achieve the colour I want.

I work from my home in Kent, England, and I sell my work at Craft Fairs, and some Galleries.Prices range from £15 (square scarf), through £25 (long scarf), £39 (circular scarf and beaded long scarf) & £42 & £60 (lined scarves, two sizes).

As all silk is hand dyed, some unevenness may occur. The scarves are all handwashable in cold water, and can be scrunched up for a crinkly effect, or cool ironed, if required.

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