Short Documentary About Ian Berry By DW Euromaxx

DW Euromaxx presents the fascinating architecture, serves up culinary delights and showcases eye-catching fashion, exciting photography, and design. This time they visited artist Ian Berry to see his atelier, his work, and to hear his story. The outcome is an inspiration video where you can learn more about the master of denim.

Self-portrait by Ian Berry.

How Ian Berry Started

Ian Berry is a British artist who finds old pairs of denim, cuts them into pieces, and collages the sections of fabric back together in one of a kind art. He started with the idea when he found an old pile of jeans, almost 15 years ago, after cleaning his house. He came up with the idea to give these old washed out pairs a second life and started to make portraits of icons like Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe. All of them are strongly linked to the history of denim.

His Inspiration

Nowadays he takes his inspiration from places from all over the world, but also his hometown, London. While walking the streets he got inspired by laundries, pubs, and the underground. These places are used in his previous work too, check it out here, and here.

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Ian Berry at work on his ‘The Secret Garden’ in New York at Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan. More about this work here.

Denim Atelier With More Than 2.000 Pairs Of Jeans

First, he makes a photo of the space or object, that’s the starting point of his new work. Then he searches for hours in his huge denim stock, which contains more than 2.000 pairs of jeans, for the right blue shades. He cuts them and started to clue. It can take weeks, months to get the final result he was aiming for.

Unique Denim Art Pieces

The outcome are unique denim art pieces. Some people think his art is painted, but in fact, it’s made of denim fabrics. All his work contains many different layers of denim fabrics, which makes it almost three dimensional. Sometimes he’s also using the hems of the jeans, as these give his work a special look.

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Ian Berry and me during the last edition of Amsterdam Denim Days.

All Over The World

During the years the work of Ian Berry is exhibited all over the world, from musea to galleries, to stores as Selfridges & Co in London. It’s always a pleasure to see Ian Berry’s new work, as it’s always next level, and almost unthinkable that it’s made by denim.

Watch the short documentary about the very talented Ian Berry!

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.