Clo Collective: Scottish silk for every season
Clo is a Scottish company run by friends Sharon Pringle and Wendy Murray who create a range of silk designs all finished in Glasgow.
The female duo met whilst studying Textiles at Glasgow school of Art; after graduating in 2009 together, Sharon and Wendy decided to start up Clo. Their mutual love of architecture, colour and graphic patterns was the basis of their cause and as time has gone on they have gradually become a comfortably successful company.
The name Clo itself, derives from Scottish Gaelic and means both printing and cloth which more than sums up the company. The name is also a great way for the dynamic duo to offer a nod to their Scottish roots which is where they are currently based and which is where all of the crafting, designing and creation of the final products occurs.
At the moment stunning silk scarves are their focus but as surface designers Sharon and Wendy hope to put their mark on ceramics, rugs and tiles. The partnership also hint at future collaborations with fashion designers and most recently they have partnered up with fashion artist Charlotte Jenkins where they construct interiors for capes she has designed. At the moment just one item has been unveiled and as with all of their pieces the print is a stunning combination of strong colours and a graphic print. They have even managed to add in the muted stone colour of the cape itself which stands out brilliantly against the two blues and magenta shade thus bringing the article of clothing together perfectly.
As you take a look through the gallery from the Clo website you are welcomed with a visually warming selection of pieces, the use of colour is simply outstanding. Who would have ever thought orange, grey and black would make such a stunning combination? Although the colours are a strong aspect to the aesthetic you cannot ignore the striking patterns they are partnered with. The women state architecture as a great inspiration for their creations as well as the cities of London, Berlin and Copenhagen and this is more than echoed in their work. The angular shapes, straight edge images and repeated motif most definitely have a certain architectural feel to it.
Sharon and Wendy don’t just have a retail range they also work on a commission basis and to contact them you just have to pop over to their website for more details.
The silk scarves cost around £30 to £40 and the mini, skinny scarves come in at £12.50 with the brooches at £10, all a reasonable price for the staple pieces that will be added to your wardrobe.
Photos: Courtesy of Clo Collective
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