DESIGNER OF THE WEEK!!
About Richard Weston
These scarves are a fantastic idea that came from a man called Richard Weston. Richard is from Leicester and is an award winning landscape architect who now is a Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University. Richard is also a talented author and has written several books.
How the scarves were born
Richard has a fascination with the beauty of natural materials, one day he bought a rather expensive, beautiful ammonite piece and decided to put it though a professional scanner. When he saw the results they were not quite what he had in mind, however he saw the potential and decided to invest in another machine. When he scanned it on his high resolution scanner the results were amazing and encouraged him to try other minerals. In 2010 Richard printed them onto a beautiful piece of Italian satin silk, in Como, Italy. By 2011 he had made a collection of scarves for the London store 'Liberty' after taking them onto the BBC2 program 'The Next Big Thing' with Theo Paphitis from Dragons' Den.
Following the TV show and then after being featured in Vogue, these scarves were a 'must have' for Monkey Puzzle and we haven't regretted it since. Their beautiful vibrant colours and individuality make the scarves statement pieces that could also be worn as a piece of jewellery. One of Richard's most used minerals is agate: The reason being agate forms in a large range of colours and due to the white streaks running through the stone in different ways, when scanning each piece individually it creates a different design each time. There are many other gemstones used such as Malachite, Opal, Quartz, Amethyst and many more each giving a unique design.
Here is an example of a piece of agate that would be scanned and the end result being printed onto the beautiful silk scarf.
The slice of agate
Blue agate scarf
The scarves come in three sizes, small, medium, and large, therefore giving you many ways of wearing them. Personally, I think the 'bigger the better' because you have a bigger range of colour, pattern and different ways of folding it, including making the scarf into a eye catching top! .
To see more designs we have at Monkey Puzzle follow the link: http://monkeypuzzlejewellery.co.uk/collections/weston-scarves