I’m afraid you’re just going to have to deal with a barrage of images in this post because the subject in question has yet to complete his website and I can find scant information. Do you mind if I bombarde your eyes with these beautifully shot images of stupendously spectacular fabric sculpture pieces by Rowan Mersh? Do you mind terribly? I can’t quite call this Royal College of Art grad a jeweller as his work is more sculptural/art orientated (he was the first to win the Mercury Art Prize and his work has alreacy been acquired by the V&A as part of their permanent collection). It just so happens that he works with fabric in such a way that I can hardly NOT post about it.
Mersh has however transplanted his larger scale sculptural pieces to a wearable level of jewellery and his latest collection of jewellery concentrates on using stretch jersey. Victorian detailing is reinterpretated in black and cream highly fussy neck pieces and brooches. It’s as if he took jersey strands and knitted them in a manic obsessive fashion. His current collection is available at b Store.
Although his jewellery is wonderful, once you have seen the larger scale images (which I dug out from his incomplete site…), I can’t help but be floored by them. It’s the process that I imagine Mersh goes through to get these results that blows my mind. The accuracy achieved with these structures and on this sort of full-body scale, I can only think a lot of pain-staking work went into it. I admire them from a static art point of view but I can also well picture them with a few minor adjustments worn as garments in their own right. From Mersh’s jewellery line, I see the pieces (and his name fame) growing in the future to cross over into full-on fashion if he so chooses.
From his Bodyworks collection
From his Fabric Sculpture 1 collection
From his Fabric Sculpture 2 collection