the indigo stories shown here are hand-cut pieces of denim. not just any denim: the textiles belong to the final role to ever be produced by cone mill’s white oak plant. the plant shut down in 2017, after 100 plus years of manufacturing, but now, at the hands of british artist ian berry, the final spool of blue has become ‘the secret garden,’ at children’s museum of the arts (CMA).

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images courtesy of children’s museum of the arts and will ellis photography

 

 

from now until april 29, 2018, visitors can walk beneath floral fabrics, blue bunnies and toys: a denim on denim world, ‘the secret garden.’ ian’s been perfecting his techniques with the jean-medium for over ten years. it’s evident through his experimentation that the fabric’s distinctive grains (deep blue, shiny white, everywhere in between) add enough texture and depth on their own. he does not burn, or bleach or paint on them. he simply opts to reshape the sturdy fabric with scissors, and adhere them together with glue. 

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the secret garden accompanies CMA’s exhibition ellen harvey: ornaments and other refrigerator magnets, an exhibition of new and recent works by ellen harvey that explore the use of ornamentation in scenes of both urban life and in nature. ian berry’s monochromatic wonderland fits right in. 

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  • Ian didnt do the vast majority of this by hand…he used lasers to BURN the designs into the denim and lasers to cut the intricate shapes out. This article makes it sound like he spent months meticulously cutting denim and matching different colors together….please, it’s cool, but it’s not some hand made wonder.

    Nick says:
  • Looks awesome! I want that rabbit how can I get one? Thank you.

    Oskar Isaksson says:
  • If you look on the artists website it clearly states he uses a laser machine in this project. I think the confusion is because in his normal work everything is hand cut and not using bleach, laser etching or what ever. Just denim found and not manipulated. This is the first time he has used the machines like this in the work, but its still his great vision. I personally think his normal work is better while this is fantastic, his normal creations he is known for is some of the best art I have seen in person.

    Karen says:

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