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Imogen Jade x Jenny Kee:
My brilliant sophisticated spontaneous scarf adventure and journey

Imogen Jade and Jenny Kee, ‘My brilliant sophisticated spontaneous scarf adventure and journey’, 2023-24, digital print on silk. Installation view of ‘Imogen Jade X Jenny Kee: My brilliant sophisticated spontaneous scarf adventure and journey’ at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Silversalt Photography.

Exhibition Dates: 13 April – 23 June 2024
Opening Event: Saturday 13 April, 2pm – 4pm

‘My brilliant sophisticated spontaneous scarf adventure and journey’ presents a silk scarf collaboration between emerging artist, Imogen Jade and fashion icon, Jenny Kee AO. Scarves are available for pre-order online or in person from 2 April 2024. View a preview of their scarf and collaborative process in the exhibition!

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 & fan-tab-oulis.” Jenny says: “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.

 

Video credit: Samia Halabi and Ludwig El Haddad

Imogen Jade

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 (C-A-C) working studio for artists who identify as a person living with disability.  

Imogen has expressed 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, C-A-C) Imogen created a family drop-in space for visitors to make their own custom picnic blanket and 3-dimensional paper kettle. 

In 2018, she partnered with Shopfront Theatre to transform the cafe at Lurnea High School with a large mural and helped C-A-C celebrate their 30th Anniversary with ‘Creamy Bar’, a cocktail bar filled with custom recipes. ‘Creamy Bar’ also featured at Sydney Contemporary (2019) and the opening night of Justene William’s She Conjured the Clouds (2020).  In 2019 Imogen spoke at  ‘Love & Happiness’ presenting her work and love of gardens (Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art Gallery NSW).  

Jenny Kee AO

Internationally acclaimed artist and designer, Jenny Kee’s clothing, designs, paintings and style are a reflection of her passion for the colours and unique Australian environment.

Jenny was born in Bondi, Sydney in 1947 and learnt the art of style and fashion working at the Chelsea Antique Market London from 1967-1972.

She returned to Sydney in 1973, to open her frock salon, ‘Flamingo Park ‘and pioneered an Australian style in fashion, with her iconic original knits. During the 70’s & 80’s her dynamic designs were acclaimed by the Australian Press and International Fashionistas. She has been honoured by museum exhibitions and a Parliament House commission. An ardent conservation campaigner and creator of spectacular costumes for the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony.

In 2019, the Powerhouse Museum held a major retrospective of her work with Linda Jackson, called ‘STEP INTO PARADISE’. This was followed by the documentary ‘STEP INTO PARADISE’, screened on the ABC in 2021.

Jenny Kee is a NATIONAL TREASURE.

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Proudly supported by Incognito Art Show.

 

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