When Ian Berry emptied the cabinet to the house of his mother, he found a pile of old jeans that need to be sorted.
Most of the people will take them to the nearest charity shop, but the 34-year-old from Huddersfield, formerly known as Denimu, in the form of their portraits.
His works may look like paintings from a distance, but are completely in denim.
The use of different textures and washes, creating light and shadow from the rugged fabric.
Berry, who uses scissors and glue to put together his work, he said: “I’ll take a photo, and then try to replicate in fabric.
“Can I cut something and it looks like a shiny window, like a reflection or something. If, for example, around the pocket of the jeans, there is a nice curve where I cut you.”
“For me, it is the part of the challenge to make a dull surface shiny.”
Berry started using jeans donated by friends and family, but now has around 2,000 pairs of work with many donated by the denim brands.
His work shows how people relate to one another, how our communities are changing, and as, and forgive the pun – there is a “fade fabric of the urban environment”.
“Where I live in London, I know all the neighbors, but most of the people in London do not talk to each other.
“Pubs are closing down, are the places where the interaction used to happen.
“In the past we used to compare ourselves with the people of the community; now we are confronted with people online, with celebrities.”
Berry, who now has fans all over the world, said that in order to get the maximum impact that his work is best seen in real life.
“Even from a distance of one meter people think they look like paintings.
It is for this reason that Berry wants to show his work in the north, bringing a touch of the one that has been proven in sell-out shows in London and Sweden and in museums, galleries and art fairs in the United States.
“I’d like to expose in Huddersfield, but I want it to be the right project. I want to reach people who normally not an art gallery, to make an impact.”