What do you usually do with an iron? Iron your clothes, right? Well, you can also do art! Benjamin Shine paints with fabric and he does it in such a way that it looks almost surreal. I just happened to stumble across his art on Instagram and it took me a little bit of time to fully comprehend the nature and materials of his art. To cut things short, he works with tulle which he affixes with pins to a background, basically, but it looks and feels more complicated than this.
He is best known for his portraits done entirely from fabric. He paints with tulle. Seems impossible, right? Last year, hundreds of yards of tulle were displayed on the windows of Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City, in the form of beautiful faces of women. He also worked with famous fashion houses to create beautiful, sculptural outfits that will leave in awe even the least interested in fashion person. What remains his best art, though, are his “street installations” that embellish the windows of famous stores around the world. Here, art becomes accessible, on display for the eye to see, to admire, to aspire for free.
Image source: @benjaminshinestudio
“Having a design background comes into play, I want to create things that the majority connects with, or finds some sort of appeal in. It’s not for a minority, I try to be inclusive, to find something that I feel that can connect on a bigger scale, not something one or two people will like but something where people are like ‘yes I get this’.”
Indeed, his works are for every eye, every mind and every spirit. You don’t need much background in art or fashion to understand the complexity of his work and the sheer beauty of it. Nevertheless, art is that piece of fabric that you understand how it’s done, but don’t understand why it is so beautiful. And it is! See for yourselves!