This silk scarf was originally designed by one of Ireland’s leading visual artists, Patrick Scott, for Kilkenny Design Workshops in 1968, exactly 50 years ago.
Kilkenny Design Workshops, also known as KDW, was established in 1960 by William H. Walsh, general manager of Córas Tráchtála (CTT), the Irish Export Board. From an abandoned stable and grain store in the heart of Kilkenny city, KDW became an internationally recognized centre for design.
Walsh knew the importance of design and the need for improvement if Irish exports were to prosper. One of his big ideas was to commission a survey in 1962 by a Scandinavian design group comprising three Danes, a Swede, and a Finn. Their report, Design in Ireland, was instrumental in establishing a new design focused manufacturing industry in Ireland.
The report made recommendations and these led to the formation of two design councils: the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Institute of Designers in Ireland. KDW’s contribution to all of this was immense – many designers began their careers there, and awareness of design in Irish industry began to flourish.
Patrick Scott was made a director of KDW early in its existence, and despite trying to leave the board many times, he was persuaded to stay for 25 years. His love of craft and his commitment to high design standards made his input invaluable.
Patrick also designed items for KDW, including an edition of tufted wool rugs called Rainbow Rugsand two silk scarves, of which this is one. We are delighted to be able to reintroduce this rare and beautiful work by Patrick Scott and have printed a small number of replica Scarves to commemorate the exhibition and the work forms part of the STABLE Art Series.
COLOUR by Patrick Scott 1968, is part of the STABLE ART Series Project and follow “Pub Wall” by Patrick Scott and “Flight” by Louis Le Brocquy, crepe de chine silk scarves reproduced exclusively by STABLE of Ireland.