This Fashion Designer’s ‘Painting With Fabric’, Using Tulle, Captures Global Attention

The art world never fails to surprise. You only need to have a look at Benjamin Shine’s creations. He describes his art as ‘painting with fabric’, where he creates art from lengths of tulle! For this, he has gained global recognition in the fashion industry.

One of Shine’s notable works was showcased in Maison Margiela Artisanal Spring 2017 collection, where he depicted a woman’s face wrapped around a trench coat using his technique. The tulle flowing from the lining of the coat into the smoky, ethereal image immediately grabbed the attention of the fashion industry.

In 2012, Shine, in collaboration with Riccardo Tisci, created three pieces that featured his tulle work on sportswear. In 2017, Bergdorf Goodman commissioned him to create an exhibition of five faces for his store’s window, titled ‘Seeing Through the Material’. Shine did this commendably by constructing, layering and manipulating the fabric to form the image. For this, he used 15 meters of tulle and took over four days to complete.

Shine studied fashion designing at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Central St. Martins in London. After graduating, he set up his creative studio in 2003. Here his multidisciplinary approach continues to add to his diverse portfolio with materials, techniques and constructional ideas.

Shine’s work has attracted big fashion labels; product and interior manufacturers; and international Arts and Design institutions, such as The New York Museum of Arts and Design, The Crafts Council, and others. He has also been commissioned by global brands, like Barclays Wealth, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, Eurostar, Givenchy, Google and MTV for various projects. His installations and public artworks are displayed the world over, as also his clothes and furniture designing.

Shine has been honored with the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award and The Courvoisier Future 500 Art & Design Award.


 


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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is much like a blank canvas – primed for grand plans and new ideas…but potentially daunting too. I find that life unfolds in the most interesting ways when I have the courage to go for it and take those first few steps towards realising an idea & I’m reminded of this every time I pick up a piece of tulle and begin the process of attempting to make something out of it. Creativity starts with curiosity, but taking those first real steps, sets in motion various challenges to overcome, which in their mildest form can be very rewarding and in their extreme form can be life-enhancing and even life-changing…. so here’s to a creative 2019 and the courage to take those first steps towards any endeavour you’ve been hesitant to start #goforit! This piece depicts the beautiful and iconic Renata Litvinova, currently featured in @voguerussia @renatalitvinovaofficiall #tulle #art #sculpture #portrait #fabric #manipulation #newyear #2019 #renatalitvinova #benjaminshinestudio #vogue #fashion @vogue

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Harmony  @29rooms Hand-manipulated rotating wire mesh sculpture  14ft  x 5ft Film @eriknswain Harmony is a collaboration with the incredibly talented @chloexhalle who’s beautiful harmonic vocal arrangement plays alongside the piece as it rotates into and out of form. The piece aims to encourage the viewer to take a moment to slow down and experience the sensation of finding clarity out of chaos and to sense that precious moment of unity. 29rooms runs form 7-10th & 14th-17th December @rowdtla Although sold out, the @Refinery29 website may still be running some ticket promotions. #harmony #energy #uniting #benjaminshinestudio #chloexhalle #abstract #portrait #sculpture #installation #art #29rooms #losangeles

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Thanks @juxtapozmag great to see this shot featured!

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The Dance, Tulle Installation @canberracentre, Australia

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