When is a sweater not a sweater? While that may sound like a modern-day take on
some ancient Chinese philosophical tenet, in fact it is a pretty good clue as to
what we might expect to see hanging from a building in Holon for a few days next
week. The structure in question forms part of the Mediatheque Center complex,
and the occasion is Holon Fashion Week 2012 (aka HoF12), which will run from
October 15 to October 20.
HoF12’s subtitle, “On Clothes and Cities,”
provides further insight into the nature of the program, which features a slew
of top-ranking professionals from all over the world and includes a solo show by
69-year-old internationally acclaimed Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto
at the Design Museum Holon. The show will focus on Yamamoto’s influence on
various fields in contemporary culture and will address the relationship between
fashion, architecture and modern urban challenges.
Other foreign VIPs
include Croatian born, Paris-based fashion designer Damir Doma; Italian gallery
owner and publisher Carla Sozzani, who foundedthe 10 Corso Como shopping and dining complex in Milan; Patricia Mears, deputy
director and curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York;
and Rafael de Cardena, a New York-based architect who specializes in designing
and building unique spaces, pop-up stores and private homes.
indeed, an illustrious milieu for 27-year-old Erez Solo Rimon to share, with his
gargantuan knitted creation that will measure around 10x3 meters. With three
layers to the work spread out, Solo Rimon’s “building sweater” would cover the
entire floor of a 240 square meter residence.
“Unfortunately, my own
apartment is much smaller,” he says, “so I am completing the knitting at the
Mediatheque Center. There’s much more room there for me to work.”
Rimon is devising a knitted creation that he intends to hang from an entire
building next week.
That doesn’t sound too mainstream, even for a fashion
“Yes, people do wonder what I’m getting up to,” he admits.
“They don’t really understand what they are going to see when it’s
This is the largest work Solo Rimon has ever produced, and he
has been knitting for quite some time. He first put talented fingers to knitting
needles at 15 and soon realized that he had found his artistic vocation. “I
wanted to engage in the textures and explore the design possibilities in the
knitting domain,” he says. “It just felt right to me.”
That was in the
midst of his adolescence, a time when youngsters tend to be highly critical of
themselves and their peers, not to mention their parents. While knitting is not
generally considered too manly an activity for teenagers, Solo Rimon says he
didn’t let that bother him. “I knew I’d found something I really wanted to do,
and I didn’t take notice of what anyone around me said. Anyway, I didn’t spend
all my time at school knitting.”
He took his artistic endeavor further by
studying textile design at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in
Solo Rimon’s HoF12 creation is not only highly unusual, but it
is also impossible to miss. That is an attribute any artist would be delighted
to have in his or her work. But for Solo Rimon, it’s not just about getting
“People raising an eyebrow when they see my creation is fine,
but I’d like them to take their thoughts and reactions a bit further than just
being surprised by the size and placement of my knitted sculpture.
really like them to take the next step and consider what the work might mean,”
The use of the term “sculpture” is intriguing here. For most
people, a sculpture is something an artist shapes into an independent form,
while Solo Rimon’s knitted work will take its shape from the building it covers.
“I call it a sculpture or artistic display. There will be three layers to the
work, and there will be silhouettes to it, so there will be some kind of shape
to it, independent of the building.”
According to the artist, the
oversized work also fits in well with the HoF12 theme. “The concept of Fashion
Week suits the process I am undergoing myself as an artist, asking questions
about what a body means, what fashion is and what a garment is, and what all
that means in the context of a human being,” he explains Even just a few days
before the start of HoF12, Solo Rimon says he isn’t quite sure how his creation
will eventually evolve. “You can plan things as much as you want, but in the end
you want to be a bit surprised by what comes out.”
No doubt, the public
will sense that, too.
HoF12 also features a two-day conference on the
topic of “On Clothes and Cities,” and there will be a screening of the film
Versailles ’73: An American Revolution, a documentary about a professional clash
between five iconic French designers – including Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent
– and five of their American counterparts, such as Oscar de la Renta and Stephen
The film, directed by Deborah Riley Draper, is described as “a
rivalry story about fashion, race, business and catwalks.” There will also be
pop-up activities in the Deign Museum yard and various collaborations between
Israeli architects and fashion designers.
For more information about
Holon Fashion Week 2012: 073-215- 1511/25, www.dmh.org.il and
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