Micro / January 2012
Making visible a reality that is usually completely hidden from sight, but that surrounds us completely every day, was an important motive for the design of the Micro collection. Iris van Herpen zoomed in on the world of microorganisms, inspired by the extraordinary work of Steve Gschmeissner. This science photographer uses SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) technology to bring the incredible beauty of this parallel world under the spotlight. Van Herpen is intrigued by his photographic work, by the idea that these minuscule beings are so close to our skin, and by the fact that we know so little about them and there is still so much to discover.
This led her to design a collection in which, once again, handwork and high-tech are combined. Theresult is astonishing sculptural pieces whose forms refer to cell structures, plasma, tentacles or ciliate organisms. Peculiar bulges, armoured shapes and scales not only leave the viewer guessing about what they are and where they come from, but also invite reflection on the passage from dead matter to living organism.
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