The Dutch designer Hellen van Rees became popular for her ‘Square’ collections, that are based on the idea of developing new textiles out of yarn leftovers of knitting factories – in the style of classic Chanel tweed twin suits. The resulting vibrant material has a fascinating richness in colour and depth. Different types of yarn are handwoven or heat-fused together by applying individual techniques, transforming them into lively yet modern surfaces and three-dimensional shapes.
In that way Van Rees’ motivation is to make the most of our production cycles, to use second hand resources, so mass production can go hand in hand with individual handmade products. In July 2013 the former Central Saint Martins graduate won the Humanity in Fashion Award during Berlin Fashion Week. Initiated by Hessnatur, the award recognizes young and rising designers who create clothing on the basis of sustainability.
Looking at her website shop descriptions, Hellen van Rees seems to work with mostly organic textiles and with industry remnants for her weaving processes indeed. Her garments are artfully made and unique in various aspects. Especially the combination of an innovative turn on traditional tweeds and rather timeless elegant silhouettes stand for an aesthetic, that is less trend-oriented and might be interesting to all kinds of ages.
In her latest collections, Van Rees has been increasingly adding other new ready-made fabrics to her beautiful upcycled, handwoven textiles, that might target at the more commercial market. We will definitely follow our pioneer of textile upcycling art!
IMAGE SOURCE AND PRESS RELEASE: Hellen van Rees / www.hellenvanrees.com