Artist Research – Thea Berg

Thea Bjergs’ work is both intellectually stimulating and visually spectacular. Her silky textures, translucent surfaces and radiant colours make you feel like under water animals have just stepped onto land and are showing off their beauty; they almost remind me of anemones with their free moving tentacles. She likes to work with robust textures and gossamer styles; they have the ability to create new forms or remain perfectly in their original state. The garments possess an element of mutability with the way they change their silhouettes and how they flexibly move in a graceful manner. Bjerg likes to articulate ‘in textile design when the boundaries between creative disciplines are beginning to blur.’ – the more textured the surface the more dramatically a piece develops. She likes to work with matt surfaces so that it will absorb the light and will create a dense appearance to the piece. Her Aquatic collection was inspired by the sea creatures who use colours and textures as disguises; she wanted to take this idea and apply it to her designs so her work was a metaphor for the thrill of avoiding detection because she believes,

“textiles can cover us and shroud us but they can also attract the gaze of others. This is something I find compelling about sea life, that the many of colours and textures can draw me to enable them to hide from other creatures.”

I like the fact that Bjerg uses the disguise idea in her work as it leaves it open to what its meant to be. Her work is in a state where it is somewhere between a dream and reality, which draws me into her work as the uniqueness in her work makes it standout from other designers. When it will come to me wanting to apply Bjerg as inspiration in my work, I want to take this element of disguise and focus on the textures I can use, when in relation to the elements fire and ice.

 

References:

  • Quinn, B. (2009) Textile designers at the cutting edge. London: Laurence King Publishing.
  • Thea Bjerg (no date) Available at: http://www.theabjerg.com (Accessed: 26 February 2017).
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