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Jennifer Rothwell

Book of Kells 100% Silk 90cm X 90cm Scarf

Book of Kells 100% Silk 90cm X 90cm Scarf

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The inspiration for the Kells Space mythology print AW13 Collection came to fruition after Jennifer’s desire to bring Irish Celtic design into the 21st century. She was tired of the shamrocks and shenanigans connotations of Irish design. Jennifer wanted to put a modern stamp on Celtic design and bring it into the modern era, adding edge to it. The result was the creation of the Kells Space mythology digital print!

Jennifer did extensive research in regard to design elements inspired by the book of Kells and found them all very literal with muted colours or tacky, bright and illuminous. After purchasing a book about outer space Jennifer was fascinated with the sheer beauty of the patterns and colours of the cosmos. She then decided to fuse the two together. Ironically the peacock bird used in the print is from the Gospel of John who is seen as the messenger between heaven and earth - a fact Jennifer discovered only after completion of the print.

Through her designs Jennifer wants to reignite the Celtic Revival (also known as the Celtic Twilight) of the 19th and 20th centuries in the 21st century. Her work and her designs celebrate Irish artists, folklore, legends and traditions through fashion in a modern and contemporary way.

In 2016 The National Gallery of Ireland purchased 3 of Jennifer's designs (Madeline silk shirt dress, Kells and 1916 silk scarves) for the National Collection of Contemporary Applied Art.

In choosing pieces from Jennifer Rothwell’s collections Alex Ward, Curator of Dress and Textiles, National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts and History said "I felt that these particular designs would beautifully complement and enhance the existing collections at the National Museum of Ireland in that they represent a very contemporary interpretation of Irish events and movements from a century ago. Jennifer’s Kells print is a modern reimagining of ancient motifs that were popular during the Celtic Revival and her reworking of Harry Clarke designs recalls the best of the Irish Arts and Crafts movement. By incorporating the GPO into a new print Rothwell commemorates the 1916 Rising in a very unique way. Produced using up-to-the minute digital print technology these vibrant pieces evoke our past and at the same time represent contemporary Irish design."

Approximate size 90 x 90 cm

Composition: 100% Silk

Composition: 100% Silk


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