National treasure, local artist join forces for scarf exhibition

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A national fashion icon and a local emerging artist have joined forces for an exhibition at Campbelltown arts centre.

My Brilliant Sophisticated Spontaneous Scarf Adventure and Journey, a silk scarf collaboration between Jenny Kee and Imogen Jade (pictured above), will be launched on April 13.

It is part of From Here & Beyond, five exhibitions celebrating artists from our region and across NSW, all running between April 13 and June 22.

Kee and Jade have designed and developed a scarf celebrating their bold artistic styles and combined love of flora and fauna.

Facilitated by Little Orange Studio, the project speaks to Imogen’s passion for her work and ideas to be seen and embraced.

Seeing people wear the scarf will be amazing, exciting, awesome and fan-tab-oulis,” says Kee.

“I love creating with Imogen. She is spontaneous and free. She is joy!”

The exhibition features Imogen’s design journey with Kee, including a short film from local filmmaker, Samia Halabi and interactive space inspired by the project’s focus on uplifting and affirmative words.

Imogen Jade is an emerging artist living with Down Syndrome, working across painting, mixed media, and installation.

Since 2015, she has carved out her artistic practice by attending Little Orange Studio, a Campbelltown arts centre working studio for artists who identify as a person living with disability.  

Imogen says having an artistic practice allows her to feel safe, express her opinion, and build community.

Her paintings are populated with cocktails, butterflies and flowers.

Imogen has been previously commissioned by Campbelltown City Council to collaborate on public art amenity screens for Eagle Farm Park with Jessica Pound.

In Little Orange Goes Big (2022, Imogen created a family drop-in space for visitors to make their own custom picnic blanket and three dimensional paper kettle.   

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