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When Norweigan Art and Fashion Meet - Mo Friis

When Norweigan Art and Fashion Meet - Mo Friis

Its a wonderful thing when art and fashion are enabled to 'meet in the middle' and we have a great example to share with you today in the form of Norweigan duo Mo Friis and their fashion art collection Take on Me.

Take on Me is a harmonious collaboration between fashion designer Synnøve Mo and textile artist Hanne Friis which was supported by the Norweigan arts council.

  Mo Friis  Collection - Take On Me

Mo Friis Collection - Take On Me

Hanne Friis graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim in 1996 and since then has become what you could call a 'textile sculptor' employing slow techniques of hand dying and hand sewing to form amorphous and raw structures that appear to be growing directly out of the wall or floor on which they are exhibited. You can just imagine the temptation to reach out and touch her intricate, tactile works of art.

Images | Hanne Friis

Besides tactility there is another compelling component to Friis' work which is hand dying. Friis uses sunshine, leaves, mushrooms, lichens, bark and pinecones sourced straight from the Norwegian landscape making up a subtle palette of organic midtones in alot of her pieces.

Images | Hanne Friis

For Take on Me we see this organic palette play out in silk and silk velvet dress pieces designed by Synnøve Mo into simple but strong body enhancing silhouettes.

Images | Synnøve Mo

Synnøve Mo was born in Norway (like Friis) but was educated in Parisian Haute Couture and is clearly a designer that appreciates good pattern cutting and fabrication. In Take on Me Synnøve lets the drapey chracteristic of silk and silk velvet lead the way for a relaxed but playful aesthetic. We love this anti-depressant dress dyed from St Johns Wort.

Mo Friis - The Anti-Depressant Dress - Dyed with St Johns Wort

We'll leave you with Synnøve's design motto which like her design aesthetic is strong but simple.

We strive for long lasting products both in style and quality.
— Synnøve Mo

The fashion industry needs more of these artistic partnerships so we can elevate our clothing to an art form that is considered from hybrid disciplines and worth waiting for. 

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