July 6, 2011

Salon/2 presents: dresses by Maryam Kordbacheh - 'The Fragile Formation' - Geelvinck

                                                                                                                      a detail of one of the dresses of Kordbacheh - image by Marij Rynja
When you enter the Museum Geelvinck, you have no idea you will enter a unique and very luxurious cannel house with a back garden that has the admosphere of a French garden. You have to tresspass this magnificant garden if you want to enter the well-conservated canel house filled with special salons where the elite lived, lissen to music or drank their cup's of tea at the time. But now, contemporay fashion and art is curated in the decorated rooms with wallpaintings, chandeliers and old music instruments. 
Five complex molded dresses of Maryam Kordbacheh are showed. Maryam Kordbacheh's collection 'The Fragile Formation' is inspired by the sensual shapes of the natural world and is based on the construction principles that are also to find in the nature.  

She tells: "I am fascinated to create fluid sculptures. 'The designs are a study in techniques and shapes, in which craftsmanship plays an important role. In spite of the complex and technical challenges involved in their designs, my work exudes an exacting simplicity; upholding a balance between experimental and wearable design; between dream and reality. [...] "For me, the allure of a design resides in its purity. My garments appear simple at first glance but are extremely refined, delicate and intimate sculptural forms. All pieces in my collection are handcrafted and molded from one single length of fabric. [...] In terms of design, the shoes for this collection are also inspired by the fluid swirling of the organic nature; female feet is wrapped. I use natural materials such as silk, cotton, silk jersey, cashmere, organdy… Most fabrics are then hand-dyed with organic pigments or natural dyes like tea, coffee and herbs. I use lightweight materials that can easy maintain their shape. In addition, I use single-color fabric so that the attention goes to the construction." - Maryam Kordbacheh, 2011.

About the artist: 
Maryam Kordbacheh (b. 1980) graduated cum laude from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and finished in 2009 the masters program of ArtEZ Fashion Design in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She participated in April 2011 at the 26th International Fashion & Photography Festival Hyères 2011 with her collection "The Fragile Formation", in cooperation with photographer René Habermacher.  

Other participants in Geelvinck are:
Mustafa Ozen - film about fashion films; Majid Karrouck -  stylist who will style his bride & groom on a daily basis; Kate van Harreveld - illustrations; Martine van 't Hul - embroideries, and more....

Salon/2 presents:sneak peaks of Make Up Lab/Kate van Harreveld/ Martine van 't Hul/ Hye Yoo Mi - Museum Geelvinck

What can you find at the Geelvinck Museum at the Keizersgracht 633? 
A sneak peak of.....

Make-up Lab 
The Make-up Laboratory is the result of the first collaboration between Maayan Ben Gal en Thomas Eurlings
The idea started with a fascination for colors and textures of make up. By looking at the exclusive products of Ellis Faas, Mayaan and Thomas came up with a visual concept for shoot. This resulted in a photographic approach of showing the inspirational colors and shapes of make up in a laboratory setting. A new use to the obvious. 

Folding Screen (2011)
illustration & embroidery on acetate, silk fabric/ cotton/ wooden frames/ pliers. 
Martine van 't Hul: "Individual panels are installed as a folding screen. Techniques that are incorporated in this work are inspired by a course in Japanese embroidery. A major theme in my work is what this installation transience reflected by the inspiration of wilted flowers. I painted them on fabric and then partially filled them up with embroidery. The image for me is as a coloring, which I then fill with needle and thread. While I embroidering, as if I was painting, I zoom in on the work. This creates a whole new world for me."  

'Free Work' by Kate van Harreveld 
Illustrations of dandies and men in fashion contexts are portrated by Dutch illustrator Kate van Harreveld, who's work is showed in many international magazines. During Salon/2 she presents non-commercial work she made in her spare time. Van Hareveld: "The drawings show the different characteristics of the depicted persons, and are a reflection of how I feel about them". The work is a mixture of drawings and digitally manipulated prints.
On one of her illustrations mini illustrations are placed above a fire place...illustrations in an illustration. Have you seen in which drawing  David Bowie is presented? 

Japan (2011) by Hye Yoo Mi 
(also showing in Magna Plaza, 2nd floor)
During transportation of Japanese Pottery to Europe patches of textile were used for protection. The patches are remaining pieces -with visible wear of use and age. The wear and fragile patches are often repaired with support of another piece at the back and strung by hand in order to prevent further tearing. The remaining pieces are obtained from private households and have often their origin in the lining of original Japanese Kimonos. Preserving and connecting of textiles is a recurring theme in the work of Hye Yoo Mi; textiles that have been preserved carefully are in this installation carefully treated, united and again preserved. Color and pattern are assembled in this meters long patchwork. The installation is on-going, which means that as long as remaining pieces are obtained from Japan, the work will be extended. 

This is just a detail of her patchwork tent...it's much bigger! 

About the artists:  

- Martine van 't Hul:
Martine van ’t Hul designs embroideries which can be both hung on the wall and are portable such as enlarged applications and brooches. She has, for example, designed a dress with application for singer- songwriter/ artist Björk. Martine graduated in 2002 at the Fashion Institute Arnhem and worked in Milan where she took over the sensitive Italian way of fashion design. The embroideries are characterized by the ton-sur-ton use of color - unfinished patterns, loose threads, stacking of beads and paillets - and the idea of “forgotten and unfinished”. 

- Kate van Harreveld:
Born 1971, Haarlem, the Netherlands. Education: Arnhem Academy of the Arts/ Fashion Design. Clients are  Marlies Dekkers, Viktor & Rolf, Elle, AvantGarde, and more. 

- Maayan Ben Gal & Thomas Eurlings
Maayan Ben Gal studied photography at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. She moved to the Netherlands and finished the BA at the KABK in The Hague. Her work is characterized with playful use of colors and forms. By using paper and cut out forms, Maayan tries to create a different and own new world, which gives a new meaning to daily objects. Maayan Ben Gal is currently represented by the House of Orange in Amsterdam. Her work has been shown in several galleries in Nijmegen, Den Haag, Leiden and Amsterdam. Amongst her editorial and commercial client are ELLE, Glamcult, BLEND and Tommy Hilfiger. Thomas Eurlings graduated successfully from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006. After graduating he worked for influential names in the fashion and textile industry such as Alexander van Slobbe (orson+bodil) and Ulf Moritz (Sahco). At the moment he is working as a free lancer as well as designing products and interiors for his own label.

- Hye Yoo Mi:
Hye Yoo Mi, born in the Republic of Korea (Seoul), is living and working in Amsterdam. After a four-year technical training Handicraft Furniture Upholstering she continued her education at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. With specialization Autonomous Design at the fashion and textile Department she graduates in 2005. In 2008 HYM obtains her Master of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Her work has evolved from technical to a fine craft. Her work has evolved from technical to a fine craft. In her sculptures and installations she combines and connects used materials and objects. In her sculptures and installations her interest in combining and connecting is highly recognizable. With textiles as main materials, it is often related to the human body. In her exclusive headgear collection HYM by Hye Yoo Mi the use of artificial hair in combination with the stitching and braiding techniques embodies handicraft imagery.

Also at Geelvinck:
Majid Karrouch
Maryam Kordbacheh
Marga Weimans
Mustafa Ozen (film)
Zara Zerny.....

More about them in later posts...

Salon/Carton - Barbara Berends/Josephine Colsen/Thomas Eurlings - copies of high brow objects crafted with low brow material

Salon/carton is one of those projects that existed by accident, that is to fabulous to make up just sitting behind your desk. 

By Marij Rynja 

When interior designer Barbara Berends found herself sitting at home in an unfortunate situation and unable to work, she fantasized how it would feel to have an iPhone, an expensive gadget she could not afford. So, she started making one out of brown cardboard, scaled 1:1, just so she could put it in her bag and hold it for a while…
This anecdote was the starting point of a whole collection of absurd luxurious objects to desire: a diamond ring, a Rolex watch, a Chanel 2.55 bag, a Hermes scarf, a Burberry coat, even a antique cabinet, a Persian carpet and heavy quality French curtains complete with brushes on a cord. All scaled 1:1 with paper and cardboard. 
Together with Josephine Colson and Thomas Eurlings she crafted these desirable, ridiculous expensive fashion items out of cardboard and paper, just to imagine to have it too. 
The Salon/carton items are not to wear, only to be looked at….and very expensive, what makes the paradox of these high brow objects made of low brow material even bigger.  
Go to Magazijn to see it youself, and be amazed.  

Picture below: 
Barbara Berends just bought her first art piece she does not have to copy: an illustration of Kate van Harreveld (at Salon/pop up Store)

Don't miss: Alexander van Slobber's curated exhibition 'Shanghai Gesture' - Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Alexander van Slobber prepairing the photoshoot
at the Willet-Holthuysen. Picture by Willet-Holthuysen


Shanghai Gesture (July 7 - December 7 2011),  a fashion exhibition curated by Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe (designer of Orson+Bodil, red.), opens at Museum Willet-Holthuysen this thursday 7 July. 
The exhibition presents the results of a workshop that Van Slobbe held for Dutch and Chinese designers as part of the cultural programme for the World Expo in Shanghai last year. Later, students from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) were asked to respond to the workshop by producing woven textiles, which were then passed on to four designers. These canon-collections co-created by the designers and the students can be viewed in the salons of Museum Willet-Holthuysen. The exhibition also features photos and drawings made in Shanghai and Amsterdam.  

Shanghai Gesture is part of the SALON/2 route and will be officially opened on the 7th of July at 1-5pm. Buy your passe-partout a 15,- at all SALON/2 locations or via our website. Do support SALON/. 

More info on Shanghai Gesture:  

The Dutch Golden Age as inspiration 
After being asked by Amsterdam Municipal Executive to contribute to the cultural programme for last year’s WorldExpo, Alexander van Slobbe set up a workshop for Amsterdam and Shanghai designers with cooperation as the theme; more specifically, the exploration, use and exchange of Dutch and Chinese arts and crafts. The Dutch Golden Age formed the inspiration for the workshop and the emphasis was on technique. 
Textiles and coats
Later, in the spring of 2011, Van Slobbe invited third-year students from the Rietveld Academie to design woven textiles using the same starting points. He then held another workshop where he presented the textiles to various designers and set them the task of making coats. 
Contributing designers 
Martine van 't Hul, Elja Lintsen, Eric NG, Iniy Sanchez, Margreet Sweerts and Xiaojing Xia, Ellie Duinker, Caroline Lindo, Jasmin Koschutnig, Isa van Gool, Eveline Keijser, Elisabeth Leerssen, Sylvia Wozniak and Nadine Gupfert amongst others.  
Platform for creativity

Museum Willet-Holthuysen and its collections are managed by the Amsterdam Museum, which aims to spotlight distinctive Amsterdam values, such as entrepreneurship, creativity, free thinking and citizenship. Shanghai Gesture, curated by Alexander van Slobbe, reflects the mission of the museum to be a platform where young artists can develop and showcase their creative and entrepreneurial talents. 

About Alexander van Slobbe: 
Alexander van Slobbe (1959) is one of the pioneers who put the Netherlands on the map in the international world of fashion. Already celebrating his 20th anniversary, this fashion designer has remained a best kept secret in the Netherlands. Van Slobbe is a master of refined, minimalist design and also front runner of the Dutch Modernism that is characteristic of Dutch fashion design. More about his label Orson+Bodil & his shop NL=NewLuxury, click here.