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Hermes’ latest window display is a crocheted underwater dream world

Indonesian artist Mulyana has built a surreal, coral landscape as a riff on Hermès 2019 theme: In Pursuit of Dreams.

Hermes’ window displays have always featured a sense of whimsy, and it’s no different for their latest one. This time, they’re featuring 35-year-old Indonesian artist Mulyana, who is based out of  Yogyakarta, and work primarily with crocheting and knitting. Works begin — much like how coral grows — as a singular unit, growing and sprawling organically outwards to form sculptural vignettes.

For Mulyana, crocheting is both medium and meditation — the idea of repeating actions over and over again to work towards some kind of artistic, spiritual goal.

Hermes' window display by artist Mulyana

For Hermes’ latest artist window installation, Mulyana has created a piece titled Irama (Rhythm), a coral dreamscape imagined as a home for his alter-ego, the Mogus — a portmanteau of “Monster”, “Gurita” (Octopus) and ‘Sigarantang” (a clan name that Mulyana has given the Mogus).

The piece features hand-crocheted

Mulyana has also envisioned Irama as a musical composition, with each stitch in the crochet a musical note, sharing, “Because the success of a rhythm will always be remembered and sung. Just like a dream, it will always be remembered until it can be realized.”

Hermes' window display by artist Mulyana

Among the crocheted coral rests pieces from Hermes’ collection, like undersea treasures waiting to be discovered: a pair of Quicker white sneakers with the Calèche Vitesse and iconic H print, a men’s cap and a Toodoo pochette, and the Bolide 45.

Irama (Rhythm) will be on display until 21 May 2019 at Hermès Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road.


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