Slow Art

Helena Hörstedt, Broken Shadow

Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum
© Helena Hörstedt

Helena Hörstedt, Broken Shadow, 2008
Raw silk and leather

Helena Hörstedt builds her garments like a sculptor. She creates directly in the material. Her sketches consist of fabrics that are shaped with seams, wrinkles and pleats. In a perpetual experiment with fabric details, textures and volumes, the shapes gradually emerge. Certain elements recur in several garments, but positioned to emphasise different parts of the body. Repetition is a vital element. Hundreds of leatherpieces of exactly the same shape are combined into cones of exactly the same dimensions to achieve the desired effect. Hörstedt is a perfectionist. In her artistic process the garments are distinctly set apart from the often ephemeral fashion scene. They are on the boundary between art, crafts and haute couture. Slowly, they find their form.

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The image is free to use accompanied by photo credit and when illustrating editorial publicity directly related to the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.

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