Scarf as art, the work of Julia and Joanne Ritson

Anne Fullerton | 13 September 2010


The scarf has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a sweat rag for Roman soldiers. Embraced for both its practical applications and sartorial savvy, scarves have the power to conjure mystery, anonymity, nationalism or a compulsion to surrender all the money in your cash register. The primary feelings elicited by Joanne and Julia Ritson’s scarves are those of admiration and jealousy. Sisters and artists, they have recently begun printing Julia’s grid artworks and Joanne’s imaginary landscapes onto fine Chinese silk. Measuring 97 x 97cm with hand rolled edges, the scarves come wrapped in tissue along with a card featuring the original painting. A perfect marriage of style and function.

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