Nov. 10, 2021

Artist Benjamin Shine on His Unexpected Collaboration With Tulle

Textile artist Benjamin Shine uses swathes of tulle to fabricate flowing three-dimensional portraits of unnamed figures, often suggesting ideas of energy and impermanence. A true master of his material, has been recognized and exhibited globally.


Textile artist Benjamin Shine uses swathes of tulle to fabricate flowing three-dimensional portraits of unnamed figures, often suggesting ideas of energy and impermanence. A true master of his material, Benjamin’s work has been recognized and exhibited globally, with his clients and collaborations including The MET, Vogue, and many others.

This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Benjamin Shine about his artistic journey, beginning with his initial resistance towards becoming a “starving artist” in fashion design, to how he then discovered and began innovating with tulle: the lightweight fabric with which he has now become so deeply entwined. Plus, Benjamin goes on to answer your listener questions, offering insight into his creative process, other materials that intrigue him, and how he tracks his many artistic ideas with a helpful system of translucent folders.

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Read more about Benjamin Shine's work and the projects we discuss:

Interview: Artist Makes Faces Emerge from Brilliantly Manipulated Netted Tulle Fabric

Artist Transforms Billowy Lengths of Tulle Into Meditative Faces

Elegant Figures and Faces of Dancers Emerge from Intricately Folded Sheets of Fabric

Benjamin Shine

Sculptor

Benjamin Shine is a multidisciplinary artist most known for his pioneering work in tulle, which centers on ideas of energy, impermanence, and the relationship between the spiritual and the superficial. Works have been exhibited by arts institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design New York, The Crafts Council UK, and The London Design Museum. Clients and collaborations include The MET, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, Bergdorf Goodman, Beyonce, Barclays Wealth, Vogue, and Google. Benjamin has also won a number of awards including the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award, and the Arts Export Award in Australia. Videos of his work have amassed over 500 million views online.