- Title: Artist creates energy and art with fabric
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JULY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WINDOW DISPLAY FEATURING BENJAMIN SHINE'S WORK VARIOUS OF SHINE WORKING ON PIECE USING THREAD (SOUNDBITE) (English) BENJAMIN SHINE, ARTIST, SAYING: (ON HOW HE STARTED) "Well, I've been doing this, this idea of painting with fabric is something that started after I finished studying fashion design. I love making one piece - anything out of one piece. And tulle was one of those fabrics that was always just floating about, literally floating about in my studio. And I saw the creases in a sort of scrunched up piece on my floor and I just it would be great to manipulate those pleats from within the one piece. If I could to create something that was recognizable as an image." WIDE OF SHINE WORKING IN HIS STUDIO VARIOUS OF SHINE USING IRON ON PIECE VARIOUS OF SHINE THREADING NEEDLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) BENJAMIN SHINE, ARTIST, SAYING: (WHAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART) "What's difficult, well it just moves. It's slippery, it's kind of a difficult thing to use. Having said that I try and go with it. So a lot of these works I call chill flows. So this is one that's sort of in early stages of progress, but that's just defining the flow of the material, so it's a single piece. You can one, see the flow and also see the forms of the face coming through the flow too. So it's like this harmony of working with the material." VARIOUS OF SHINE FLIPPING THROUGH SCRAPBOOK VARIOUS OF INSPIRATION WALL (SOUNDBITE) (English) BENJAMIN SHINE, ARTIST, SAYING: (ON TAKING SUPERFICIAL THINGS AND MAKING SPIRITUAL) "This material, you know, it's transparent, it's got these ideas of sort of femininity, fluidity, fragility. And it also to me, it sort of represents energy. It seems like this sort of floating mass of energy that's sort of converging to form. And I love that idea that everything is energy. So through this medium I'm playing with that idea, where the spiritual becomes, the material becomes solid form."
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- Keywords: Tulle art fabric British store windows Bergdorf Benjamin Shine New York
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCQTLL
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- Story Text:Armed with nothing but an iron, tulle and sometimes thread, Benjamin Shine is creating what he calls spiritual art.
The British born artist creates anything from portraits to landscapes using a single piece of tulle with the goal to inspire a moment of self-reflection.
Shine, who is on a three month residency in New York, started the technique in 2008 by accident after noticing the light and shade on a piece of fabric he was using to design clothes. Since then the Central St Martins in London graduate learned how to perfect his technique with either an iron or invisible thread to create each piece. Depending on size and complexity, each piece takes roughly 50 to 100 hours to complete.
Over the past ten years, Shine has worked with fashion houses including John Galliano and Givenchy and numerous museums.
Currently Shine has a five piece exhibition titled "Seeing Through The Material" in the windows of New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. The exhibition will conclude on August 3.
While in New York, Shine will also create works for three to four venues.
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