The images in our scarves are the original artwork of Daphne Stephenson, a well known and internationally recognised Primitive Naive Artist. Her images are colourful and flamboyant.
In the Autumn of 2019, Daphne launched her first collection of silk scarves. Susan fell in love with them (I want one of each!). Seeing the potential to create other top quality merchandise from Daphne’s art, Susan approached Daphne to go into partnership. In early 2020, they created Blue Orchid Designs with a vision to produce beautiful fun accessories, homeware and clothing, with a luxury twist.
“Our aim is to produce unique, flamboyant and extravagant designs on many different materials, including bone china, cushions, umbrellas, womens and menswear, like never been seen before.”
Daphne Stephenson has gained considerable recognition in the Art world as a Primitive Naive Artist and her works have become increasingly sought after with collectors around the world. Her most avid admirers have collections of up to 14 paintings!
Influenced by her early years living in Pakistan, holidays in Kashmir and significant travels through India and Africa in her late teenage years, her work reflects these memories and her love of exotic tropical scenes, lush vegetation, palm trees, Leopards and birds of paradise.
More recently inspired by her time in Bermuda, Bahamas, Seychelles and Jamaica, she brings an eclectic mix of different cultures and backgrounds into every area of her work with an air of charm, wit and sophistication.
Daphne has worked for numerous well established companies designing scarves, ties, and being In House Designer for Halcyon Days at their head office in Bond Street.
She has had various small enterprises of her own designing belts, hand painted shoe trees, novelty decorated match boxes and flamboyant lamps made with lost & found collectibles in between teaching for many years.
Daphne was Chairman to the Association of British Naives for over 9 years and has exhibited at The Royal Academy Piccadilly, ING Bank City London, Masterworks Museum Bermuda, Agora Soho New York, John Martin Piccadilly, 28 Dover Street and many other galleries.
Her Studio is based in London’s Wimbledon Art Studios where she has worked over the last 7 years and is “my oasis of peace and joy”.
Daphne Stephenson Paintings
Susan was born in New York City and lived her early years on the East Coast. Her 35 year business and consulting career began in Pharmaceuticals and then moved to Banking and other financial service sectors. She helped Fortune 500 companies achieve large, complex change through the development of customer centric strategies and solutions in support of creating an exceptional customer experience.
Susan’s work has taken her to many places in the US, Canada and UK. She’s lived in a number of US cities, including New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. In 2015, she earned a Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism (top ranked university and masters program) and moved to London to work for Barclays Bank.
In 2019, Susan met Daphne and they began to discuss going into business together. Blue Orchid Designs was formed in February 2020 with a vision toward bringing beautiful, fun, and elegant products to market. Daphne’s Naïve Primitive artworks lend themselves perfectly to this vision as they are colourful, flamboyant and fun.
Susan loves sport – riding horses, skiing, sailing, running, and hiking. She also loves traveling, wine and food.