Last year we watched a fabulous series on the goggle-box – ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’. If you didn’t see it, it featured three of Britain’s retail giants asking members of the public to supply them with the next bestselling product by allowing unknown designers and producers to pitch directly to the retail industry’s power-brokers and have the opportunity to get their product stocked in prestigious shops. One of the retail giants was Liberty of London – one of my all-time favourite places to shop. It was compelling viewing for a wee arts and crafts hunter-gatherer like me!
There were some amazing designers, but my favourite was the unexpected and delightfully quirky Professor Richard Weston, a Professor of Architecture who creates his stunning and unique scarves from high quality scans of precious stones and fossils. He was so passionate about his unusual product – it was a joy to watch.
I’m a wee bit of a scarf collector but I don’t (yet) have one of these beauties. The Weston Silk scarves are each unique pieces inspired by the forms, patterns and colours found in nature. Richard Weston’s collection of luscious silk scarves are handcrafted and then printed on the banks of Lake Como with his unique mineral, stone and fossil designs.
Have a look and see what you think…