Words Martin Mitchell
For Less Magazine, it is often difficult to find new and intriguing accessory designers that offer something extraordinary. However, when we encountered the wearable art of Mette Kocmick, we were stunned by the intricate detailing of her quirky hand embroidered cuffs. Her cuffs are essentially detached shirt cuffs that she embroiders with her peculiar illustrations to create an easy-to-wear accessory.
With her mind set on the sphere of slow fashion, Mette strives to create accessories whose quality will ensure a long lifespan and longer use than conventional fashion. She tries to achieve this through her meticulous detailing that she hopes will spur an emotional connection between the wearer and her piece. To enhance that connection and the attention to the work put into the creation, she embroiders a number that indicates the hours she spent on making that exact piece. It can take up to 18 hours for her to complete one of the small unique art pieces
The cuffs are meant to be worn as a kind of bracelet or alternatively framed as a piece of art. Mette draws inspiration from Art Deco and Art Nouveau when she creates the cuffs, and especially the sleek and anti-traditional elegance symbolizing wealth and sophistication inspires her. But also the organic forms and patterns of Art Nouveau inspire her - the effortless flow from one object to another. She wants to emphasize the uniqueness and originality of handmade objects and to highlight the handmade and imperfect aspects of her pieces. Every stitch is like a brush stroke on a painting for Mette.
Her process starts with a paper sketch where she makes use of ink and color pens to create an illustration that she will later use for her embroidery. The expression from the paper sketch might change once she starts the embroidery process. She experiments with different kinds of embroidering techniques and thread thickness. In the embroidery process, she makes use of threads in cotton, polyester, silk and wool and counters some of them with a variety of pearls. Throughout her work intuitiveness is key and therefore she never has a set goal when she initiates her process but rather lets her craft and imagination guide her.
Mette is fond of portraying women in different situations in her graphic work. She mixes floral patterns and mix-matching colors while she experiments with ways to incorporate the clothing the women are wearing in the artwork. In one of her recent pieces, she interpreted the Gustav Klimt's painting "The Kiss” where two women are kissing and in the future, she will experiment with additional pattern types and even text to achieve an entirely new expression. We are looking forward to seeing the development of this unique art form.