Solo Expo Material World
Artist Ian Berry opened his new solo expo Material World at Textil Museet in Borås, Sweden. Ian used to live for five years in Sweden which makes it extra special and personal to set up this expo with his brilliant work.
The Textil Museet – The National Museum Of Textiles
The Textil Museet is the National Museum of Textiles and the Nordic region’s leading museum on the subject. Of course, Ian Berry’s specific medium is denim, and the famous industrial city also has a textile and denim heritage and is home to the famed museum. Within the same complex is the Swedish school of Textiles, a part of Boras University. It’s one of the world’s leading courses, if not the leading course on textile innovation and sustainability. A number of the students came to help Ian Berry in the install. His show Material World also helps the city celebrate its 400th anniversary.
The Content Of The Show
At the ‘Material World’ expo, you can see Ian Berry’s most well-known pieces which will be on display for the very first time in Sweden. When seeing his work it’s hard to believe it’s only made of denim fabrics and glue, as it looks like indigo-tinted photographs. So, no coloring agents or bleach are used, just a creative mind, scissors, and patience. When you take a closer look at his masterpieces you will see all the different shades of blue, fabrics, and contrasts.
To celebrate showing a large collection of his works at Textil Museet Ian Berry has collaborated with Dutch fashion designer Jonathan Christopher to create garments inspired by his most notable bodies of work; Behind Closed Doors, Hotel California, and the Secret Garden installation, amongst others, that debuted at the museum.
About Jonathan Christopher
Jonathan Christopher (Hofwegen) Celestial Risher is a menswear designer who graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2009. After which he did his MA at Artez in Arnhem. Next to his brand, Jonathan Christopher, he has worked for brands such as Karl Lagerfeld and was chosen by Marc Jacobs to be one of the five finalists for Designer for Tomorrow by Peek en Cloppenburg.
In 2014 he won the very first Global Denim Awards and in 2015 he won the Woolmark European Finals.
He now works on a new brand St.Ape, basing the idea around using deadstock fabrics from high-end designers, to make his collections of limited editions, as he has throughout his career. Reusing old materials makes him a perfect and authentic collaborator for Ian Berry.
For these garments, he also worked with his long-term collaborators with Paolo Gnutti of PG denim with their many innovations and fabrics.
The Giant Rock And Roll Jacket
When entering the museum you will bump into a giant jacket that Ian Berry collaborated with Henry Wong of AGI Denim to produce. It creates an imposing figure over the entry in the museum and combined with the giant badges, made in denim of some of the music histories denim legends it complements the show together with the Denim Legends Portraits and the Twood musical instruments. With giant sewn patches it is perhaps an indication of how denim became mass and too big via popular culture.
Ian Berry and Lil O.Sjöberg have been friends for many years. Ian says ‘she’s a humble genius’. She is based not far from the Textil Museet in Gothenburg and has worked with the Smart Textiles there. Ian and Lil were together before the pandemic but since could only talk online, but together they came up with the idea to use the wood to make a drum kit, a nod to Ian’s show about the music connection to denim. There is also a denim guitar all exhibited with Ian Berry’s albums from the 2012 Record Store installation.
Ian Berry Needs You!
One of the cornerstones of the ‘Material World’ expo is Ian’s new work: ‘Denim Legends’. This work features icons that helped shape the denim industry. It goes from cowboy actors, 1950s rebels, punks from the 1970s, and even today’s influencers. Icons as Brooke Shields to Bardot, Marley to Moss, McQueen to the material girl living in her material world Madonna are already included.
This new work is an ongoing project, and Ian already asked his fan base online to share their favorite denim legends, but it continues in the museum too. So, over time this piece of art will grow and will be bigger and better each time.
The portraits are exhibited in an area where visitors can submit their choices and also watch short videos of the making of and some of the icons in action in the films, music, and ads they helped make denim so popular.
Visit The Material World Expo
Ian Berry’s solo expo Material Wold can be seen until the 1st of May, 2022.
506 30 Borås, Sweden