Year of 2017

Soundsuits by artist Nick Cave

Artist and performer Nick Cave creates the wearable fabric sculptures he calls Soundsuits using a variety of materials, including found items. They’re interesting enough as visual art, but when worn by dancers, including Cave himself, the exaggerated aspects of the costumes are even more noticeable, as the shapes and materials of the Soundsuits affect the way the dancers move. And, true to the name, the suits make sounds when worn, usually when the materials rub together.

Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. He also trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey. He resides in Chicago and is director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born: Feb 04, 1959 (age 58) · Fulton, MO
Education: Cranbrook Educational Community · Kansas City Art Institute

  • 1980: After moving to Chicago, Cave became the chair of the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute in 1980.

  • 1982: Cave learned to sew in the fiber department of the Kansas City Art Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982.

  • 1989: Additionally doing some graduate coursework at North Texas State University, Cave went on to get a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1989.

  • 1992: Cave’s first Soundsuit was created in 1992, as a reaction to the beating of Rodney King.