Ian Berry works solely with denim he receives donations from all over the world as well as neighbours leaving bags of them outside his door. He uses the washes and fades in the denim to create the most amazing pieces. Each piece within his work is cut from the gradient of the shade within a pair of jeans and this is what helps create the painted, hyper-realistic look. He also has to acknowledge the direction of the warp and weft as he cuts his pieces, following these lines and the direction the texture of the denim takes. In all, a very time-consuming process.
His work often depicts a lonely or less glamorous side of city living.
Fig. 1. Ian Berry (2015) Searching for the Faith and Hope (Soap)
Often even when viewers are within touching distance of the work they don’t realise they are looking at many layers and shades of denim jeans.
Fig. 2. Ian Berry (2016) Behind Closed Doors
While looking for artists that used mending in their technique I came across Hannah Streefkerk, her work really resonated with me especially after using bark and leaves in my last pieces.
Her work is nature-oriented, she finds inspiration within her natural environment from water and land formations. She uses her understanding of these natural structures and patterns and uses her own stitching and crocheting style to create awareness of environmental problems by ‘mending’ nature.
She often exhibits in the great outdoors which brings its own challenges having to carry her equipment and walk some distance to the place. She also says although she enjoys the challenge of working like this she feels sometimes in awe of her surroundings and feels that her work will never be able to compete. However she states, “When I’m long enough in that place something will show up in my head, and that feeling is fantastic. But to really create site-specific work is the best and hardest work I know.” (Daniel, TextileArtist, 2016)
Fig. 3. Hannah Streefkerk (2015) Reflection
Daniel, Textileartist. (2016) Hannah Streefkerk: Mending Nature. At: https://www.textileartist.org/Hannah-Streefkerk-mending-nature (Accessed on 26 January 2018)
Fig. 1, BERRY, Ian. (2015) Searching for the faith and hope (soap). IanBerry [online] Available at: http://www.ianberry.org/home/searching-for-the-faith-and-hope (Accessed on 20 January 2018)
Fig. 2, BERRY, Ian. (2016) Behind closed doors. IanBerry [online] Available at: http://www.ianberry.org/home/behind-closed-doors (Accessed on 20 January 2018)
Fig. 3, STREEFKERK, Hannah. (2015) Reflection. Textile Artist [online] Available at: https://www.textileartist.org/hannah-streefkerk-mending-nature/hannah-streefkerk-reflection2015-plastic-sheets-sewed-together-with-yarn-the-kristals-are-placed-around-a-small-pond-on-the-island-ameland-the-netherlands (Accessed on 26 January 2018)