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Artist Ian Berry Turns Old Denim Into New Art

For Ian Berry, a photo is worth a thousand layers of denim.

The British artist has made a name for himself by creating works of art made solely out of cut up old blue jeans. And don’t think this is abstract art with indistinct shapes of denim pieces piled among one another—no, Berry’s work depicts landscapes and portraits, all in painstaking denim detail.

Using layer on layer of all manner of denim hues and washes and patterns, Berry creates works of art that appear, at first blush, much like a photo-realistic painting. From subway scenes to cityscapes and a woman in bed swathed a denim comforter, Berry gets the shading and depth so right that even under-eye shadows are visible in the creations he creates.

Read more at Carved in Blue.

This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit