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.
In 2012 Clare launched her own print label C F McEwan, a new venture for her imagery, developing collections of printed silk scarves and fine art works on paper, all produced in the UK. Each scarf collection starts from a theme, based on a process or material, such as hand made concrete, folded paper or the painted mark. The artworks generated are developed into a range of designs printed on 100% crepe de chine silk.
Clare has always explored ways to harness digital media throughout areas of her work and this year she has extended the inquiry with a leap into software development. In March 2019, she graduated from CodeClan, a 16-week professional software development course in Glasgow. The course challenged Clare to think in new ways about digital content, how we can manage, display and interact with all types of data with innovation and creativity. Excited about her transition into software development, Clare hopes to incorporate her visual and communication ideas as much as possible to move towards building original and immersive projects in the future.
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.