“Canvas booths flapped on the edge of the Prom, mouths crammed with shellfish and vinegar; there were rows of prim boarding-houses; bath-chairs, carriages, and donkeys; and stilted far out on the rippled mud a white pier like a sleeping dragon.”
Cider with Rosie. Laurie Lee
More than ever, this year I wanted to create pieces that captured the joy of the British seaside from the era of our grand and great grandparents; the striped bathing tents of Philip Wilson Steer’s Impressionist paintings, the patterns on the sails of the fishing boats and deckchairs and the intuitive joy of children running amongst the waves at Walberswick, Suffolk. These are precious moments as much today as they were 100 years ago and perfectly aligned with our staycation ideals.
The Steer scarf is named after Phillip Wilson Steer, a 19th century British painter who captured the spirit of Walberswick and Southwold in his Impressionist style paintings – at about the same time as Olive Edis was photographing the fishermen of Sheringham. Although there was certainly a strong fishing tradition in Southwold too, it has always been best known for it’s beach, promenade, pier and pretty pubs. I remember many happy afternoons spent with my Grandma picking the glace’ cherries from slices of fruit cake, whilst she sat in her deckchair sipping tea.
I wanted to capture these memories and distil them into my designs – there will be more striped scarf variations to follow over the coming months…
Knitted to order in my Warwickshire studio from certified British wool, this open knit scarf measures approximately 168cm long by 45cm wide.
The lead time on this piece is 1 week plus shipping times.