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Emily May – Rebecca Osgood Scarf and Pocket Square

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Emily May is a scarf designer, print designer, and illustrator with a passion for narrative lying behind all her artwork. Whether that be a repeat print containing elements to make someone laugh, a watercolour painting of her childhood paintbox, or packaging scarves in vintage tins, the stories that make up her work are at the foundation that make it so unique. She has a great fascination with the silk square and the endless possibilities that can be produced within its simple dimensions. She is constantly looking for new ways to develop beautiful personal pieces for clients and looks to the humour of the everyday to influence everything she creates.

Emily’s project has been specifically around the character of Rebecca Osgood. After reading a letter from Rebecca, Emily was struck with the thought that Rebecca was a far stronger character than her era allowed her to have been. In some ways the fact that she was a woman and a ‘spinster’ make it easy to glance over her at this time in history. However, her letters reveal someone that was not only sociable, outgoing and highly intelligent, but was also very close to her family, and left money to charities after her death and valued her sewing abg as one of her most precious items. With this in mind Emily has developed a silk scarf design that illustrates both Rebecca’s passion and her eloquent nature. The young woman can be seen framed in each corner of the design next to a sewing sampler, each one containing a line from the poem ‘Eloisa to Abelard’ by Alexander Pope. The lines were originally written about romance but in this case they refer to Rebecca’s belief that the people around her, her father included, were choosing not to see the horror of slavery, and choosing not to help fight it. In each of the corners
she blushes a little more with passion until by the last corner she is quite red with emotion. The scarf also contains imagery of Fenton House and gardens in a contemporary Georgian style and painted in detailed watercolour.

Medium: Silk satin

Available as a silk scarf or a pocket square – see variations.


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Emily May – Rebecca Osgood Scarf and Pocket Square
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