Sydney Blum and fashion are meeting once again.
Blum, a sculptor living in Tatamagouche, has some of her pieces on display in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.
“I was very surprised,” said Blum, of learning five pieces from her Icarus-Colour-Space series are incorporated into the window designs. “When I learned they wanted to use my pieces, my concern was that it doesn’t demean my work, and it doesn’t. It’s been given the utmost respect in the window presence.”
The Kim Foster Gallery represents Blum and just finished a show with the Icarus series in December. One of those pieces sold, and those designing the Saks Fifth Avenue windows expressed interest in the other five. She was told Saks has never showcased an artist before.
“But I know others have artists that have designed their windows.”
Blum was told Saks had chosen another artist, however didn’t like the combination. The person in charge of the window concepts had visited Blum’s show and loved the pieces, bringing everyone else on board at Saks.
When erected, Blum had an artist friend check it out on her behalf.
“He said it was “crazy good,” and he’s got a good eye,” she said. “He thought it really worked with the fashion.”
This isn’t the first time Blum has been involved in the fashion industry – she used to design fashion for Bergdorf Goodman’s catalog.
Blum isn’t sure how long her sculptures will be on display, but it’s part of the spring 2017 collection. The windows are across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, near Rockefeller Center.
Since the pieces have been on display, Blum said she’s had some inquiries from collectors on her artwork, and her Icarus series isn’t yet complete.
“I would like it to go on for a while. I have another five pieces planned for sure.”
Blum she often will become obsessed an idea and has to work on it until all those ideas are out of her head.
For more information on Blum’s works, visit http://kimfostergallery.com/sydney-blum/.
– The pieces are wing-shaped, which suggests a continuum of time and space, making viewers feel as if they’re about to take off.
– Motion and the sensation of flying are depicted by the pieces/
– Pieces are made of paper chip board, acrylic paint, pencil and wire.
– It takes Blum about 250 hours to construct each piece.
– The hanging mechanisms allowing her to position to her liking were designed locally and are now made for her in Truro