C F McEwan is the accessories label by textile artist Clare McEwan. Drawn from Clare’s creative projects, she presents a collection of luxury printed 100% silk scarves. Ideas are captured through Clare’s drawings, prints, 3d sculptural forms and macro photography.
With a First Class Honours degree from London’s Central Saint Martins college, Clare has continued to pursue her own artistic practice, investigating the use of digital and print media within textiles, producing large-scale textile hangings for interiors. She secured a commission for these textile hangings for a Health clinic in the Emirates Towers, Dubai. Clare went on to be selected for the Arts Council South East Setting Up Scheme, where she held a Digital Artist Placement with Waddesdon Church of England School, Bucks, providing valuable time and focus to develop imagery for new technologies.
The new label C F McEwan evolved as a next step in the use of Clare’s experimental image making. Launched at the end of 2012, these printed scarves have been described as: ‘walking the line between original artworks and fashion product’ Art Wednesday. C F McEwan scarves are now stocked in a range of boutiques and gallery shops around the UK.
This year in 2017, Clare embarks on a new venture, developing an online course called The New Creative. Sharing skills and ideas connected with her own textile practice: photography, experimental drawing, sculpting, mono print and working in Adobe Photoshop. To stay in touch about news and stories from The New Creative – sign up here (and receive a free intro guide to Mono Printing).
About the imagery
With an interest in surface, shape and layer, Clare makes use of a variety of materials in her work. Drawing, printmaking, painting and simple making processes are combined to create abstract and atmospheric imagery. Irregular shaped objects and surfaces are formed using paper, fabric, plastic and concrete.
Clare photographs these objects and surfaces using a range of light sources and filters, exploring shadow, reflection and edge. The photographs are developed into distinct scarf designs for each new C F McEwan collection.
About the scarves
In keeping with the philosophy behind her art, all of Clare’s designs move between traditional and digital techniques. The scarves are made in the UK, where she oversees the production process from start to finish.
The scarves are square in shape and printed onto lightweight 100% silk crepe, measuring 125cm x 125cm and 65cm x 65cm. Luxurious, translucent and incredibly soft against the skin, these silk pieces offer a vibrant and easy-to-wear addition to a wardrobe.
What’s good about a silk scarf? Have a read of Clare’s blog post about holding on to your silk scarf.