Design Inspiration – Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

Nick Cave’s Soundsuits bring to mind the lyrics for the title song from the musical Hair, “…knotted, polka dotted, twisted, beaded, braided, powered, flowered and confettied, bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied…”

The sculptural, creature-like, wearable art pieces are made from layers of metal, plastic, found objects, textiles, fake fur, beads, twigs and other things that when rubbed together make noise – hence the name Soundsuits. They’re inspired by Cave’s background in textile arts and modern dance.

Currently an exhibit of his work, Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is on display at the Seattle Art Museum through June 5th. Cave discusses his creative inspiration in this short Art in Motion video. His furry monsters even appeared in the September 2010 issue of Vogue showcasing the latest boots and bags.


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For more about Cave click here.

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2 comments on “Design Inspiration – Nick Cave’s Soundsuits

  1. Rachel’s avatarRachel on said:

    This man is just amazing. I took a short workshop of his at Penland school in 1998 and it really brought me all kinds of new inspirations and different ways of thinking. He is so incredibly talented, not to mention a very nice person.

  2. Lesley Jacobs’s avatarLesley Jacobs on said:

    Hi Poppy,
    I live in Seattle and am looking forward to seeing the Soundsuits in person. They are a color and texture extravaganza. Three cheers for the Seattle Art Museum: first the Picasso show, now this!

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