Collection Online
iron rubber filings
(a-b) 21.0 × 10.0 × 26.0 cm (each)
label, embossed in insole: 41 / IRIS VAN HERPEN
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Fair Shen, 2018
© Iris van Herpen
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
For her 2015 Magnetic motion collection van Herpen collaborated with artist Jolan van der Wiel on a series of accessories, including shoes, belts, necklaces and clutches, that were ‘grown’ using magnetic fields. Like van Herpen, van der Wiel is interested in collapsing the boundary between nature and technology. This work was created using a composite material of pigments, resin and iron filings layered over a shoe base and subjected to the force of strong magnets. As the filings reached outwards, the surface transformed into a spiky, textured and flexible skin before being manipulated by hand into the final shape.