Using a technique she found from the 1930′s, which covered decorative pieces with leather, she adapted this into her own process, which she named “sheathing”. This being a symbiotic relationship with leather, she takes objects that have been fetished, or worshiped, such as pearl necklaces,skateboards, credit cards and domino’s, and transforms them down to their bare bones. This is a time intensive process demanding patience and meticulous craftsmanship ( pieces can take up to 4 days).
The leather is tanned in a very specific manner, “a secret ” and through this technique the worshiped object becomes ” monochromatic, transcending to one dimension, the superfluous disappears, leaving only beauty.”
Talismans are central to Brilli’s work. ” Unconscious remains of magical mentality linked to the sacred animal is a rather epic notion in all my work , all my collections tell a story, a myth, a legend.”
L’enfant terrible of the accessories world, Natalia Brilli’s mission is to take leather and restore the nobility of this “incredible and paradoxical material”. And doing so by straddling the worlds of the unusual and the outcast; refined luxury and elegance. She is a self described mix of two cultures ” from the north (Belgium) , I inherited a ghostly, dark and surreal spirit, associated with a mix of glamour, and from the south (Italy), inherited a cultivated and aesthetic elegance”.
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 13 @ 6:15 PMAzari & III at Highline Ballroom
Jun 07 13 @ 10:42 AMThe Govenors Ball NYC Music Festival
Aug 28 13 @ 3:55 PMVenice Film Festival