Urethane-Pool, Chapter Two

© Gero Breloer

Urethane Pool, Chapter 2 was born from a desire to experiment with garments construction. Thanks to the discovery of a polymer called urethane I had the opportunity to try out a more straight forward construction method than the traditional cut – sew – stich couture process. Originally in a liquid form, this particular material dries out very slowly and becomes all gummy and transparent once solid.  

All through my experiments I noticed that this material, after being poured onto the fabric and absorbed by the fibers, had the capacity to weld and freeze textiles. With that in mind I decided to focus on this characteristic to develop a new vocabulary for the construction and finishing process of my collection. Thin urethane lines cast onto various textiles allowed me to attach layers, thicken fragile parts and cut free edge fabric without it getting frayed.   

At first I was very eager to tame the fluidity of the material, then I slowly became touched by the flaws of the material, accepting the spontaneous dimensions and the emergence of new perspectives it created; it became a game between functionality and ornament. 

I’ve always been inspired by interior design from the 60s and am fascinated by different artists such architect Bruce Goff’s Bavinger House in which the interior is decorated with fountains trapped into carpeted surfaces. The contrasts between matt and glossy or felted and liquid materials have spontaneously found a place in my experiments and later in my collection. 

A still fluidity.