CFHILL’s ongoing exhibition with Denise Grünstein is the result of several years of material, spatial, and scenic investigations. Casting is one of her most ambitious projects. As a pioneering artist within the field of photography, she has not only reconsidered its fundamental concepts, but also introduced new methods for which other skills and professional knowhow are crucial. Meet her long-time collaborator and model, Marta Oldenburg, and the artisan Emelie Janrell, who created the “table dress”.
Emelie Janrell, tailor, designer:
Could you tell me about your professional background and training?
I’ve worked my way to where I am today. I’ve worked for various tailors, designers and creators in the art and fashion worlds, and this experience has allowed me to acquire an extensive knowledge of textile crafts.
Now, I work as a tailor and designer, on my own collections and on unique creations for performers, major events, and also in occasional collaborations with other creators.
How would you describe your collaboration with Denise, in terms of the artistic process involved?
We work very closely together, brainstorming, experimenting, evaluating, redoing. The character and the scenery come to us gradually, evolving through a series of forms. It’s a demanding process, but it’s necessary in order to get the characterisation just right. The work has to be extremely detailed, because of the way the large format cameras capture everything, every last stitch.
What is your relationship to textiles like? Do you find you struggle with them, or do you find it liberating to work with them?
I love the material!