HENRIK VIBSKOV
*the radish arm charm


january 019

The environment + how we humans act around it, is an unquestionable issue nowadays, which leads to questions about our awareness on reaching a more sustainable approach towards nature and agriculture. Farming inspired this fall+winter 019 collection. Reflections about how various ways of growing the food we eat every day, whether it’s in the city or in the countryside affect our life and the planet, encourages us to rethink and develop new methods.

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This collection reflects both the romantic idea about nature + how we interact with it, and the more extreme technology, making it possible to increase and speed up natural processes, like indoor, vertical- and sky farming, green rooftops and urban gardening. The clash between wanting to maintain nature pure as it is and the need to interfere with it, is intriguing and terrifying at the same time.

The idea of farming, nature and technology was the inspiration for the development of the collection. Voluminous silhouettes with details of binding layers together and prints and embroidery which remind of flowers, fruit, vegetables, endless fields, and the long human arms in the agriculture. Humor with a slight touch of melancholy and a reminder of the importance of environmental awareness is present.

A long kinetic installation is slowly moving in waves, while performers dressed like gardeners are walking inside of it. They are carrying ceramic water cans, taking care of the radishes growing inside of it. The radishes are grown in the Henrik Vibskov Studio in Copenhagen and are placed in recycled beer kegs as a part of the urban farming experiment, hence the name of the collection. The installation is a take on the idea of an intriguing future-farming lab.