Inspired by the beauty of nature’s diversity and the drama of changing landscapes our Abstract Trilogy of cashmere and silk wraps features three original paintings by the artist and Art Psychotherapist Kirsty Erskine-Hill. Commissioned by us this exclusive collection showcases expressive art in bursts of colour, light and shade.
As part of our collaboration with Kirsty, we are donating 10% off all sales from The Abstract Trilogy to the children's mental health charity Place 2 Be. Having worked closley with the charity for many years, Kirsty wanted to use this opportunity to give back to an organisation that has made such a difference to thousands of lives over the last 25 years.
Kirsty tells us more about the trilogy she's created, discussing her creative process and techniques and how art therapy can make a difference to people's lives, allowing them to open up and express themselves in ways they haven't been able to before.
Notes from the Artist
I was very excited to collaborate with Black on this project. Having trained and worked for many years as an Art Therapist, supporting children and young peoples’ mental health, it always feels elating to focus on my own art making. In my profession, I use art as a tool to encourage and support clients to open up and express themselves. This project felt like an important opportunity to practice what I preach.
I wholeheartedly believe that creativity promotes healing. I also believe that in order for me to successfully and ethically practice as an Art Therapist, it is important for me to regularly use creativity. My work often combines art with expression and emotion - drawing inspiration from my surroundings.
I painted these scarf designs while eight months pregnant and just after we had relocated from London to the Cotswolds. It was a time of huge transition and, as with any significant change, I had a melting pot of emotions in my mind. I allowed myself to pour these thoughts and feelings onto the paper.
Some of the scarves are an immediate reaction to the colours all around me; a summer spent painting in the garden with blue sky above, sunshine, and a general abundance of nature and vibrant colour. I lost myself in these designs. They acted as a vehicle for me to express myself. It was a truly mindful activity, quieting the brain and focussing on the moment in hand.
I used acrylic paint as a starting point, pouring, pushing and manipulating the paint in the directions that felt right. I then built up the images with oil glazes, using palette knives, brushes and other homemade tools to add texture and depth. I let each painting grow organically and take a direction of its own.
These paintings reflect the drama of my natural surroundings, as well as my state of mind and the impulsiveness of expression.
‘Sunburst’ is a riot of vibrant blues and greens accented with hits of orange. Expertly crafted from a clever blend of cashmere and silk the wrap is soft to the touch, light and warm and a perfect year round wrap which drapes elegantly. Generously sized at 200 x 70cm
Sunblaze depicts the heat of the blazing sun burning strongly and brightly in vivid tones of reds and blue accented with softer tones shadows Expertly crafted from a clever blend of cashmere and silk the wrap is soft to the touch, light and warm and a perfect year round wrap which drapes elegantly. Generously sized at 200 x 70cm
‘Sunset ‘ evokes the calming serenity of the setting sun in pastel tones highlighted with dark shadows Expertly crafted from a clever blend of cashmere and silk the wrap is soft to the touch, light and warm and a perfect year round wrap which drapes elegantly. Generously sized at 200 x 70cm