Iris van Herpen / Swarovski Behind the Scenes and Making Of

This was an incredible project to be a part of.

Iris van Herpen asked me to help her realise an exhibition which was to celebrate the 10th Birthday of Swarovski’s Kristallwelten in Vienna.

My initial scaled maquettes illustrated how the designs would be.

I commissioned Tristan Schoonraad and Valter Adam Casotto to create the oversized sleeping head of Iekeliene Stange.

It was a magical process to watch. Over a period of 2 1/2 months she came to life and they crafted a breath taking piece.

 

I designed the spinners using images of Iris’s dresses photographed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. The configurations were calculated using colours in a 3D program to understand where the images would fall as the walls were going to be mirrored, which would add another dimension to the installation.

Bernd Weinmayer created this exquisite glass mask, based on a mask Iris designed.

 

The Installation

The great artists! Thank you for creating such an incredible piece.

See the final images of the installation here.

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V&A · FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

I was invited to pitch for the campaign poster for the V&A’s exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate and was very lucky to win!

Using the plate as a canvas, my aim was to create different narratives to encourage debate and discussions using the visual translation of, ‘FOOD: Bigger than the plate’. The intention was to make people look at what they’re eating, consider where it might come from and what differences they can make. It aims to make people think about what they might be eating in the future, consider their choices and inspire how they can eat more sustainably.

The series will immerse the audience in a table setting that could be their own in the future and make them realise we all have a stake in the story.

I teamed up with photographer Aaron Tilley who created bold images to clearly communicate the concept of the exhibition.

See the final images here.

Here are my initial ideas where we worked together to create the final images.

 

 

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The Natural History Museum VENOM Exhibition 2017

This was a challenging project working with scientists and being able to create an interpretation of a fascinating subject.

I worked with Ronald Jenner, the venom specialist at the museum, to tell the story of the struggle between Egyptian Cobra and Egyptian Mongoose.

I took inspiration from a 1901 illustration based on Mr Kipling’s Story – Rikki-tikki-tavi.

Here is a visual I created to show how the piece would look in the space.

I made a miniature of the piece and then had the sculpture created as a 3D file which was then

CNC’d from a model makers light foam to create the 1.5m tall sculpture.

My team and I painted the sculpture and made stencils from string to create the snake’s scales.

The exhibition is on until May 2018.

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Bergdorf Goodman Window for Co. and Yelena Yemchuk

To be able to collaborate with a great company and an amazing artist was such a treat.

Co. asked me to visualise a window for Bergdorf Goodman using Yelena Yemchuk’s art work.

I came up with three different designs and then combined two to create the below design.

Using painted and bleached velvet seemed like an obvious choice for the medium.

It complimented Yelena’s style and gave it a unique end result.

It was great to be able to experiment with materials and processes to create something truly beautiful.

Thank you to the team I had out in Williamsburg!

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Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel

Behind the scenes of the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel shoot.

What a lovely project to work on! Painted stormy sky, water colour rolling waves, barnacles and lots of water.

Great to work with Sam Hofman again and I’ve wanted to work with Molton Brown for a long time.

See the final image here.

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Wedgwood for Peter Jones Window May 2017 – June 2017

This was a very large project to be involved with –  a 20 meter long window in Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London. It was so great to work with Wedgwood again.

I wanted to sprinkle a little bit of magic and wonderment and stay true to the Wedgwood heritage and create an imaginary contained ecosystem where exotic plants grow and incredible creatures fly from all over the globe. I breathed life in to the Wedgwood wallpaper, which is translated it in to the installation.

The design challenges the traditional afternoon tea and links to the beauty of nature and gardens in a playful, slightly surreal and surprising narrative.

The conservatory feels overgrown and brings the outside inside.

Honeysuckle vines will make the foliage feel sculptural and abstract and move away from the obvious idea of a conservatory. I worked with the wonderful Pyrus Botanicals who helped with the sculptural flower aspect of things.

Foxgloves will be growing close to the outside window to make it feel crammed full of beautiful flowers.

Here is the scale model made to figure out the elements and the look of the window.

 

Go and see it if you can! It’s up until the 15th of June. See photos of the finished window here.

 

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Hermès Christmas Windows behind the scenes

The journey from start to finish on this magical project was a substantial one. From my original designing in June to the physical start at the beginning of October where production ran until mid December. There were many elements, a lot figuring out and some great people involved.

Thank you to the amazing Andy Knight team who made it happen with their skills and expertise, especially Murray, and my wonderful team of assistants who did an incredible job of making the thistles and painting the insects.

Here are some behind the scenes images and my designs.

You can see the concept and background story for the windows here and the final images here.

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Bond Street window taking shape – 5 meters across…

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The watercoloured background I painted and blew up for this window. Looks amazing close up!

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The original watercolour midnight sky.

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One of the other moody watercolour skies for the spider and butterfly window – dawn is just breaking.

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Many Dr. Seuss thistles! Made from palm throngs by my amazing team and Andy Knight Set Builders.

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Setting up all of the different windows for all of the stores.

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15 windows in total. Total takeover at Andy Knight’s!

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Lots of painting. Pippa doing a great job here.

Terrace

My desing for the Bond Street terrace.

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The snails were a welcomed addition.

The story for this moment goes as follows: In a quiet corner, hidden away, the stars and the moon finally find a place to rest. The two snails stumbled upon them and couldn’t quite believe their eyes. Night was turning and the stars and moon were retiring for the day.

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And finally my design for the floral arches for the UK stores. Hand painted moths and butterflies, dried thistles and twigs to feel like they have come from the same place as the windows.

To see more on these windows you can find the background story here and the final images here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hermès Christmas Windows UK and Ireland 2016

I’ve just finished installing and creating the Hermès Christmas windows for the UK and Ireland and the floral arches for the London stores.

It was such a lovely project to realise and watch develop from June this year.

I took inspiration from Victorian and Edwardian Christmas cards and created something unconventionally festive with a poetic sense of play to celebrate diversity, friendship, relationships, and family. The dioramas feel nostalgic and celebrate nature and its beauty with a festive feel. A little dusting of magic capturing a tender moment which is left open to the viewer’s interpretation.

The windows feel like paintings with paint splatters, brush strokes and watercolour skies.
Each window has a narrative and tells the story of the relationship between two unlikely characters and takes you on a magical adventure from the strike of midnight on Christmas eve in to dawn on Christmas morning.

Thanks again to my amazing team and Andy Knight Ltd who made it happen. x

Photography by Melvyn Vincent.

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The Midnight Picnic
These two enchanting characters will be captured just as the clock strikes midnight and Christmas morning has arrived. They drop everything and disappear in to the night,
off on a magical adventure celebrating the turn of day.

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The Moonlit Dance
These unlikely friends have kicked off their shoes and dropped everything to have a special dance in the moonlight as we go deep in to the night.

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Dressed to Impress
These diverse lovers are having a secret rendezvous. The lovestruck spider is capturing the brimstone butterfly’s heart presenting the
impressive gifts he’s collected.

Night is turning in to day, but the scene is still lit by moonlight.

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The Long Journey
The fly and the snail, best friends since eternity, can finally see their destination on an icy hill in the distance, after a very long journey laden with gifts.
Morning has broken, the sun is rising and the voyage from midnight to morning has been a magical one.

 

Here are the my original designs – watercolour, pen and ink. Such a joy to do!

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See here for more images of the project.

 

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Hermès Dubai Mall- ‘Nature inspired by Hermès’ – SS16

I’ve been very busy and not keeping my blog up to date…. Sorry.

I recently installed a large installation in Dubai for Hermès. You can see the final images here on my website.

It was a very long project and a lot of hours were spent making and painting with my lovely team. I installed mid January.

Here are a few images of the scale model we made. Looks very similar to the final outcome!

 

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