Creating the Richly Textured Fabrics of an Apocalyptic World
Matt Reitsma is an accomplished textile artist, whose work spans from the beautifully delicate, to heavy painting, dyeing and distressing. His incredible artistry allows film and theatre costume designers to realize their vision with exquisite, custom fabrics. He has worked on such wonderful films as Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Airbender, The Hobbit and Star Trek Into Darkness. Having recently worked with costume designer Michael Wilkinson on Man of Steel, the two have reunited to bring to the screen some of the most complex and stunning textured textiles for the film Noah.
MR on aging fabrics: I guess I come to a project with some techniques that I rely on, but definitely push the boundaries of those techniques or tweak them to suit the needs of the film. An example would be for some of the principle characters I used a technique in which I bond two fabrics together which have opposite fiber contents and textures- for example cotton/acrylic boucle and silk habutae.
By bonding these fabrics together, I’ve created a fabric that can be manipulated by its content. I can dye the silk differently from the cotton/acrylic, as well as degrade the silk with an oxidizer and not affect the cotton/acrylic. In this way I could create an aged piece of yardage that appeared to be falling apart but still had the integrity to withstand construction and use
The full detailed interviewed with Matt Reitsma at TryannyofStyle