Often heard in its incomplete form, the expression Jack of all trades, master of none is these days mostly incorrectly used as an insult. The full quote, Jack of all trades, master of none, though ofttimes better than master of one, was originally intended as a compliment and used to describe anyone who was something of a polymath or Renaissance man. From his base in Copenhagen, the multitalented Danish designer Henrik Vibskov is certainly a Jack of all trades, and we mean that in the nicest possible sense of the expression.
As if his wonderful funky fashion creations (take a look below) and extravagant catwalk shows don’t keep him busy enough, Henrik Vibskov is also a musician, filmmaker and artist. His short film The Monk was selected by a panel of prominent personalities such as Jarvis Corker, Douglas Gordon and Dave Stewart to win the Beck’s Future Prize 2000 in the UK with another of hi short films, The Egg, also being shortlisted. Both films have subsequently been shown at numerous art exhibitions and film festivals around the world. Together with the Japanese fine art artist Mitsunori Asakura, Vibskov has also produced a documentary entitled Pigs In Tokyo. Music is another of Vibskov's passions. Having been introduced to them by his brother, Henrik Vibskov has been playing drums since the age of 10. He has so far appeared on 10 releases with various independent artists and is the drummer for the Danish musician Trentemoeller.
Read more about Henrik Vibskov below and see a selection of our favorite images from his recent Fantabulous Bicycle Music Factory collection:
Henrik Vibskov, has come along way since his quiet childhood spent deep in Danish countryside of Jutland. Afterwards graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Vibskov came to the attention of a host of style and culture magazines around the world including The Face, Brutus (Japan), Dazed and Confused, I-D, Wallpaper, Purple, Selfservice, Numero and Vogue. Not to mention receiving major exposure in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and The Times before hitting the front page of the major Danish Newspaper Politikken.
The Danish TV channel DR2 has twice broadcast documentaries on Vibskov; first by following his graduation from St. Martins over a six weeks period in 2001 and then by following him though the Switzerland, Berlin and Paris during 2003/2004. His work has been exhibited at Expo in Japan, Midwest in Tokyo, Factory in Tokyo, Millbank Gallery in London, ICA in London, Sotheby's Gallery in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Danish Design Center in Copenhagen and Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin
The Swedish TV channel SVT2 recently broadcast a documentary on Vibskov as part of Velvet, their excellent art and fashion program. For those of you that understand Swedishg, the program can be viewed here.
The Henrik Vibskov lable is sold in select stores around the world, including globe Colette in Paris, Pineal Eye in London, Mads Nørgaard in Copenhagen, Midwest in Tokyo, Aloharag in Hawaii, Traffik in Moscow and Kron in Reykjavik.