Liam Brandon Murray, a fine art fashion artist with a difference, will be the Artist-in-Residence at Elvaston Castle’s Gothic Hall this month.
He sculpts flexible, durable wearable art (and in some cases washable) ranging from jackets, shoes and dresses to hats and handbags.
Liam’s concept and product is unique world-wide, so it will be a real treat for people for people to see his work at Elvaston for the first time.
Inspiration comes from stately homes and their furnishings. It all began when he wondered whether or not he could create something wearable for the lady or gentleman of the house that would be as ornate and grand as their surroundings.
At the 2016 WOW Awards, his pieces Lord Maharaja and Star Bride were runner-up in the Wearable Technology Award and placed second in the Costume and Film section and they were purchased by the National WOW Museum.
As a self-confessed “detail freak”, UK sculptor and artist Liam Brandon Murray makes his garments as intricate as cityscapes, full of layered depth – and his goal is to get the art world to recognise costume and fashion as fine art.
He has formulated a unique style of art – fashion-ready wearable fine art, including high heels, dresses, hats, coats, and even a wedding dress, stuffed full of religious iconography.
To make his pieces, he uses a mix of different formulas in what he calls “a cauldron” – liquid foam for stretch, latex, stretchy fibres, and stretchy paints, among other things. Once it’s on the fabric, he injects the back so it seals and becomes watertight. Amazingly, on the precipice of being machine washable, and he’s even made a swimsuit.
Murray sculpts many of the elements he adds to his garments, many of which exhibit religious iconography. He also includes hidden meanings in his pieces, designed to reward close study.
“It’s my goal to get the art world to accept that as a piece of fine art,” he says.
“It’s just as good, if not more so, than a standing sculpture. This thing has to work, it has to move. [Costume and fashion designers] deserve more credit in the art world, I think and I have come up with the formula to make this happen.
“You will see nothing like my sculptures any where in the world at this moment in time.”
The exhibition at Elvaston opens on August 4 and runs to August 28. It will be open every Friday through to Tuesday between 10am and 3pm.