A collection of unique, handcrafted gifts inspired by Scott Sisters illustrations are available exclusively at the Australian Museum Store.
22 February 2017; Sydney: Inspired by the exquisite illustrations of 19th Century artists, Helena and Harriet Scott, the Australian Museum Store (AM) has commissioned a collection of unique, hand-crafted jewellery, along with wearable decorative and designer gifts available exclusively at the AM Store, located at the historic William Street museum.
Reflecting the beautiful details of the Scott Sisters’ illustrations of Australian butterflies and moths featured in the current exhibition at the AM, the stunning gift range includes intricate jewellery by renowned bohemian jewellery designer, Victoria Spring, limited edition silk scarves and a pocket square featuring glorious images of flora and fauna along with notebooks, calendars, cards, kitchen ware, and even a delicate pocket mirror perfect for any handbag.
“The Scott Sisters’ artworks are truly breathtaking and this new range is not only a great example of mixing the old with the new, but also showcases the extraordinary talents of Harriet and Helena Scott and their significant scientific art works,” commercial manager of the AM, Serafina Froio said.
In addition to the range available in the AM Store, the Australian Museum is pleased to partner with The Store by Fairfax on the sale of exclusive high quality archival prints of the Scott Sisters’ work. Online shoppers looking for an outstanding artwork to keep for generations can select from a limited edition of 22 images of butterfly and moth paintings in a range of sizes, framed or unframed. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity.
“This exclusive collaboration with The Store by Fairfax ensures the Scott Sisters collection is now available to the wider public. These iconic Australian illustrations have long been confined to the AM’s archives and occasional exhibitions and now their beauty will be able to be shared in homes and other venues across Australia,” Ms Froio said.
To purchase exclusive Scott Sisters prints visit The Store by Fairfax at thestore.com.au/australianmuseum.
About the Exhibition: From the 1850s, sisters Helena and Harriet Scott collected, studied and drew the butterflies and botany of New South Wales in precise detail. Working for the Australian Museum, together they produced an archive of more than 600 intricate and beautiful paintings and drawings. As part of the AM’s 190th anniversary, and to celebrate the launch of the new range of merchandise inspired by the drawings, the AM has opened a new exhibition Transformations: The Art of the Scott Sisters. See the sisters' extraordinary work and watch their art come to life through animated projections.
“... these drawings are equal to any I have ever seen by modern artists ... whether, in short, we look to the exquisite and elaborate finishing, the correct drawing, or the astonishing exactitude of the colours, often most brilliant, and generally indescribably blended, there is no poetic exaggeration in saying: ‘The force of painting can go no further’” — William Swainson 1851, Entomologist (Review of Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations, Drawn From The Life, Sydney Morning Herald 1851).
Online visitors can also explore and experience over 100 interactive illustrations through the Scott Sisters phone app. Featuring biographies, history and flora and fauna information, these scientific paintings from colonial Sydney’s most renowned natural history artists are vividly brought to life in the palm of your hand. Available through the App Store or Google Play or through the AM website.
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Scott Sisters Exhibition – Product Information
1. Victoria Spring for the Australian Museum Jewellery Collection
Australian designer Victoria Spring has created a collection of bespoke jewellery inspired by the Scott sisters botanical illustrations. Victoria’s vintage bohemian style is handcrafted, blending rare vintage glass stone and pearl, original filigree detail, found objects and quality Swarovski crystals. Each design is a treasure forging a link with the past and creating a new object of beauty. Victoria Spring collection includes earrings, hairclips and pendants. RRP from $55
2. Limited Edition Scott Sisters ‘Butterfly’ Silk Scarf and Silk Pocket Square
Butterfly Plate LII Ornithoptera Australis has been transformed to create a stunning silk scarf and matching silk pocket square. Capturing the colours and intricate details of the original water colour illustration by Helena Scott, these fluid silk pieces are luxurious in feel and beautiful in design.
Designed and printed in Australia on imported silk.
Butterfly Silk Scarf measures 1m x 1m
Butterfly Silk Pocket Square measures 35 x 35cm
3. Limited Edition Scott Sisters ‘Notebook’ Silk Scarf
The Notebook scarf design combines notebook writings of the Scott sisters and delicate watercolour illustrations of butterflies, moths and native flora.
Designed and printed in Australia on imported silk
Notebook Silk rectangle scarf measures 1.4 m x 45cm
4. ‘Lepidoptera’ Linen Tea Towel
‘Lepidoptera’ or butterfly and moth specimens, are designed to capture the essence of Museum specimen display. Graphic imagery is created utilising the detailed illustrations and original pen and ink plate numbers. Printed on 100% pure linen makes the tea towels not only beautiful but practical for any home.
Designed and printed in Australia on imported linen
‘Lepidoptera’ Linen Tea towel measures 70x50cm.
5. Scott Sisters 2018 Monthly Wall Calendar
This beautiful monthly wall calendar features twelve of the sisters intricate butterfly and moth watercolour illustrations from the Australian Museum archives.
Scott Sisters 2018 Monthly Wall Calendar
Designed and printed in Australia using FSC recycled stock
Measures: 36 cm x 23 cm RRP $24.95
6. Scott Sisters Post Card Set
Eight Scott Sisters’ watercolours have become a concertina postcard set. Perforated folds allow you to personalise and post to a friend, fold out as a decorative addition to your desk or even frame as wall art.
Designed and printed in Australia using FSC recycled stock
Concertina Post card set measures 13.2 cm x 10.5 cm
7. Scott Sisters A5 Notebook
‘The Scott sisters used notebooks to keep careful records of their specimens and drawings and were always looking for advice on materials, techniques and colour. Together, they created more than 500 sketches and 100 finished paintings as they worked to perfect their extraordinary butterfly and moth art.’ Vanessa Finney, Australian Museum Archivist. With this in mind the Australian Museum and Australian design company, Corban and Blair, have collaborated to create both plain page and lined page notebooks. Included in the front of each notebook is a short biography of the Sisters for inspiration.
Designed and printed in Australia in collaboration with Corban and Blair.
Notebook measures A5 in size
8. Scott Sisters Companion Booklet ‘Art of the Scott Sisters Transformations’
This 20 page companion booklet to the 2017 Scott sisters exhibition is a commemorative keep sake that will be treasured for years to come. Written and produced by Vanessa Finney, Australian Museum Archives, Rare Books and Library Collections, this booklet is an introduction to the life and times of the two sisters and leaves you wanting to learn more about the incredible artists and observers of nature from 1800’s Australia.
Designed and printed in Australia
Commemorative Companion Booklet measures A5 in size
Tailed Emperor Butterfly watercolour series
Helena Scott’s Tailed Emperor Butterfly watercolour has been transformed and re-born on a greeting card, lens cloth, purse mirror, magnet and 2018 wall calendar.
“This beautiful species is distributed over a wide range of New South Wales, being found coastwise as well as in the interior ... The accompanying scenery is taken from Waterview Bay, showing the middle Battery Point of Sydney and in the distance the Light House on the southern entrance of Port Jackson.” From unpublished manuscript for Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations by AW Scott.
9. Scott Sisters ‘Tailed Emperor Butterfly’ Greeting card with lens cloth
This blank greeting card contains a matching micro fibre lens cloth for cleaning glasses, camera lenses, phones and computer screens. The card has universal appeal and would suit any gift giving occasion.
Designed and printed in Australia with the assistance of special needs workers.
Measures: 15.7cm x 11.5cm
10. Scott Sisters ‘Tailed Emperor Butterfly’ Compact Purse Mirror
Resin print is inlaid in the compact outer casing of this beautiful and practical compact mirror, which is a perfect accessory for every handbag. Metal with a silver coloured finish, this compact mirror is high quality and contains a standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on the other.
Designed in Australia
Mirror measures 56cm diameter
11. Scott Sisters Magnets
The “Tailed Emperor Butterfly’, ‘Common Brown Butterfly’ and ‘Lily Caterpillar’ watercolours have been transformed into laminated magnets. Each magnet has a superior strength magnet affixed to the reverse of the image, making it a practical and decorative addition to any décor.
Designed and manufactured in Australia
Magnets measure 65 x 65 mm each
RRP $7.95 each
Books and other Scott Sisters inspired merchandise also available in store.