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From her studio in Belgravia’s Kinnerton Yard, graphic designer, artist and gallerist Darshana Shilpi Rouget has conceived Alba Amicorum as an incubator for wearable textile art. Her medium is scarves, meticulously hand printed in limited editions, the result of collaborations with artists and artisans, including the Man Ray Trust, New York watercolourist Deni Javas, and style photographer James T Murray.
Collaboration is at the core of the brand, inspired by the Renaissance practice of keeping a friendship book—album amicorum in Latin. Students in 16th-century Europe would fill their alba amicorum with musings, illustrations and contributions from friends, scholars and the influencers of their day. These books have been described as an early form of social media, making academic life relevant and contemporary.
Channeling this spirit, Alba Amicorum brings relevance to art by liberating it from the frame and transferring it onto fluid fabric—to be draped or wrapped in any way the wearer chooses. Like Renaissance friendship books, the scarf becomes a personal means of communication.
Alba Amicorum provides a salon-like environment for nurturing the creative community, and equal profit sharing with artists. Works can be viewed and purchased in person at 12 Kinnerton Yard, or online at albaamicorum.com.