The object is the exceptional medium that reveals and conveys a form of art.
Erik Ohrstrom, England based designer behind the brand IE, finds creativity by challenging the norms of classic men’s clothing, which he re-works from its very inner side. The lines, both intended as seams within the garments as well as construction guidelines of pattern making, have always played a significant part in Ohrstrom’s creations. Focusing on the skeleton of the pieces rather than on their external appearance, his debut collection 2012 – Conception had a strong architectural appeal in consonance with the exhibition space, a derelict arched setting under London Bridge station. Extensive researches driven for more than two years led Ohrstrom to conceive his second collection, presented internationally for the first time during last Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Erik developed the key concepts that inspired his first creations through the consciousness and precision achieved in time. The Continous and Conjoined themes are approached through advanced pattern making techniques which feature carefully selected fabrics often taken straight from the loom. The seams conjoin the two integral parts of each garment by means of a tension stitch, which further explains the Conjoined theme where the parts are joined but at the same time disconnected. Without any pause or interruption the garments are cut to mould around the shoulders and neck, therefore creating a soft sculptural appeal. By experimenting with the juxtaposition of contrasting materials, Ohrstrom created reversible garments which combine versatility and function. Juxtaposed fabrics such as natural weaves versus tightly woven and naturally water repellent canvas borrow each other’s characteristics whilst maintaining their original properties. The minimal outlook of IE pieces leaves room to a private dimension experienced only by the wearer, as the real complexity of the garments is exclusively revealed by their inside.
The objects convey creativity by expressing its capacity of reformation through their own concrete structures.