Photo of Margareta Reeve taken by Dirk Marwig June 16th 2017
Dirk Marwig ‘Self Portrait’ – Photograph- June 16th 2017, West Vancouver, Canada
I do not like “selfies” but I needed to update my human ‘image’. So today (june 16th 2017) was the day to take that photo in front of a new painting which might be finished. For the “photo-phile”: the photo specs are: self timer 10sec, f/9.5 , speed 1/10, lens: Canon EF 1:1,2 85mm, camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III -I’m glad it’s over!
Headdress for the Divine Benevolent -side view- (Wearable plywood object with nylon string and high pigment lacquer, 78cm x 75cm x 82cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
This is the side view of “Headdress for the Divine Benevolent”. It’s like the shoe of Cinderella: it will fit only the person to whom it is intended. I made this for my girl-friend for her birthday, only to wear for ceremonies, of course.
Choker (choker necklace, Bloodwood and cable ties, 14.3cm diameter, Dirk Marwig 2014)
The cable ties hold the ‘choker’ together(no glue)-Because bloodwood is a very hard wood and the cable ties are semi flexible you can pull it open (to slip it on ) and then it snaps back into the original shape/position…(you can see where you open it on the bottom left-where the pieces are not connected). You just have to calculate the size before.
Cover of Vogue U.S. October 1987 Richard Avedon(Photo), Dirk Marwig(Rings), Rachel Williams(Model)
“My girlfriend was very pretty and to show my love for her, I made her some colourful bracelets and rings. She suggested that I make more and I try to sell them. So I went to a small store on Madison Ave.(New York City) and the shop lady took all the pieces on consignment. A few weeks later the shop lady phoned me and said that fashion scouts from Vogue magazine had ‘borrowed’ all of my jewelry pieces for a photo shoot. I was surprised. Then a couple of days later Vogue phoned me and told me that my ‘rings’ were going to be on the cover of the October Vogue issue and if I was o.k. with that. Of course, I was. Needless to say that all my pieces sold quickly. And that’s when things started to happen. I, the young artist found myself making expensive ‘fashion jewelry’. In a way I felt like a ‘sell-out’. But I was young and went with the flow. Life is very strange!”
Vogue May 1987. Image of Dirk Marwig (the artist) as a “Model”. Strange!
“Vogue magazine May 1987 edition. I’m the guy on the right laughing. I was probably laughing about the situation I found myself in. (Weird or funny…they used me to sell this tacky stuff). In October of 1987(that same year) my rings made the cover of Vogue. Life is hilarious sometimes!”
6 New Technique bracelets (Walnut-, Maple- and Cherrywood, Cable ties, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“I made ‘fashion jewelry’ to sell in my 20’s when I was living in New York City. Now I only make a few pieces here and there for the people I love. It’s also a way for me to try out new structural possibilities. This here is one example: I like simplicity and i like to combine things that normally wouldn’t ‘go’ together, like in this case combining hardwood with nylon cable ties to make something one can wear. These bracelets fit comfortably because they ‘give’ a little but are firmly held together by the cable ties. They are not glued. Using this new technique i will make much larger “things”(i will not say what-because then it will not be a surprise!-besides people like to copy my ideas and call them their own—unfortunately this happened to me many times before.”
Flyer for the “Ice-Bear” or “Klapse” club in Frankfurt-October 1982 (Ink on cardboard, Dirk Marwig 1982)
-Those were the days when all publicity images was still hand drawn or simply just photographed, the days before computer images- a long time ago!
This is a flyer I did when I was 22 (for the club I worked at in Frankfurt,Germany)during my moves to NYC. I would fly back to Frankfurt and pick up some stuff I needed in New York and see my friends who were club owners and who gave me some design work to do while in town. The Club was called ”Eis Bear”(Polar Bear) or “Klapse”(Mental Institution) because the decor was all white and the music a mix of “Neue Deutsche Welle” plus Disco. It was a fun place to go to. The owner and main DJ of the club was Michael Muenzing, who later on produced “Snap”, a late 1980′s early 1990′s pop group. Michael Muenzing was also the main DJ in the DORIAN GRAY “small room” that featured R+B/Funk Music, apposed to the DORIAN GRAY main room that featured “BIJAN”(my DJ inspiration-he was the BEST), who played EVERYTHING that was hot(The LARRY LEVIN of Europe)…with elegance,style and POWER.
Michael Muenzing was also later on part owner the famous club “OMEN”, where Sven Väth got his chance(because there was nobody else around) to shine, I guess. Hence a star was born(or artificially produced).
AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE 1989 -Volume 12- (Cover) Shoes, Bracelets, Rings and Earrings all by Dirk Marwig 1988
“Thanks to ‘eBay’i was able to buy a hardcover copy of the original ‘American Photography Showcase Volume 12’published in New York in 1989. This was a competition company of ‘The Black and Silver Books’ sent to all Ad and Publicity agencies in The United States. The photo selected for the cover was by James Joern and it features my Jewelry and Shoes. The golden silk ‘house-robe’on the model was a gift to my ex-girlfriend by my mother and the photographer used it as well. My payment was a ‘dinner out’ with the photographer, whooopi doo!”
U-CREATE™ by Dirk Marwig,1988
1988 dirk Marwig creates the U-CREATE…a “do it yourself T-shirt” kit. It sells (among other stores) at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, both in N.Y.C., the Chicago Museum of Modern Art ,the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art gift shops and at F.A.O.SCHWARTZ,N.Y.C.
(The Kit included: T-shirt,fabric paints,brush+idea sheet,box:17.3cm x 17.3cm x 6cm, Dirk Marwig, New York City 1988)