A collection of one-off silk scarves hand-painted by some of the UK’s hottest names is up for auction...
Designer Julien Macdonald is just one of seven designers and artists who have created silk scarves to be auctioned by Mary Portas’s Living & Giving shops in support of Save the Children’s newborn campaign.
Artist Susan Bower said: 'The inspiration for my scarf is born out of what has always inspired me - my four children and the care needed to bring up a child. Children do not ask to be born, we have a duty of care. They are our tomorrow.'
Tara Newley, daughter of Joan Collins, said: 'The inspiration for my scarf came from my fertile imagination! I love drawing the female figure, and I have a bit of a thing for birds at the moment, so I had to have one for each direction!'
Fashion illustrator Marc McGreevy said: 'When I was asked to create two silk scarves to help raise awareness for Save the Children, I was compelled and delighted to do so. My first scarf is of a mother and child. Every mother in the world should have the right to see their child grow up healthy - it's a simple but powerful true statement.'
'My second scarf is of one of my favourite runway models Alek Wek', said Marc McGreevy. 'For me she is a symbol of hope and beauty, having freed herself from the difficulties of life as a child and growing into something amazing and inspirational. We can all make a difference, large or small, using our strengths and expertise to stop the horror of hunger today.'
Shuby said: 'The idea behind my scarf design was to use my banana motif and make it as bright and big as possible with child like stripes and simple stars. It was a real pleasure to collaborate with such a great charity.'
Artist Pam Glew said: 'I am a great believer in Save the Children and working with Age of Reason was a wonderful collaboration to be involved in. As I was pregnant with my first child when I painted on this scarf, I was contemplating what kind of world we are giving the next generation, I wanted my scarf to have a sense of hope and wonder in the child's eyes.'