The first design in the Freda Silk tops collection is a screen printed reproduction of a beautiful sketch by Dame Laura Knight. The dancing figure is ballerina Lydia Lopokova of Les Ballet Russes, from a series called 21 Drawings of the Russian Ballet.
I love Laura Knight's paintings. Immersing herself in London's theatre and ballet scene of the 1920s, she sketched and painted the colourful charachters she befriended, depicting the magic of the stage, and the charm and allure of the ballerina's dressing room.
Sketching dancers in action, Knight had to work swiftly to capture the split second poses, reducing lines to a minimum yet expressing vital energy. I've chosen this charcoal drawing of Lopokova as it's so full of joy; a beautiful celebration of movement and dance captured in a single drawn image.
I'm so happy to have been granted the license use this image, and to have the blessing and encouragement of Dame Laura Knight's estate.
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