Let Gabrielle Penfold transport you to Italy's coastline. In a marrying of worlds, the contemporary Australian artist is set to launch a collaboration with iconic Australian accessories brand, Oroton, with a release of limited edition silk scarves.
For those unfamiliar with Penfold's work, her use of different mediums (namely oil paint and clay) against surfaces act to transport you to the most serene scenarios. Her use of muted tones and layering of textures as she depicts simple dinner table scenes and miscellaneous coastlines lends her audience a glimpse of long lunches under the Italian sun. Best known for her interpretations of Scopello, Sicily in the height of summer and simplistic table settings of seafood, Penfold's work leaves you yearning for escape.
After a pre-COVID trip to Pantelleria, Italy last year where the artist sought inspiration for her upcoming works, Oroton Creative Director Sophie Holt invited Penfold to collaborate with the brand to design a limited-edition range of scarves based on her trip. “Pantelleria is rich and wild. I was filled with inspiration” Penfold says of her time away.
Made in Lake Como where the finest silk in the world is said to be produced, Penfold provided the brand with two of her signature paintings which have been turned into two exclusive scarves. Each features a dinner-table setting in true Penfold form, one with scarlet shrimps, the other with sardines and caper berries - a fruit Pantelleria is home to.
Below, Penfold shares postcards of her trip last year with RUSSH, giving us an exclusive look inside the inspiration fuelling the collaboration between two Australian namesakes. With silk scarves being signature to the Oroton brand and Penfold's undeniable, dreamlike interpretations of holidays, the collaboration between the two can be understood as symbiotic wearable art.
The limited-edition Gabrielle Penfold X Oroton scarves will be available to purchase in-store and online from Oroton on Wednesday, September 30.