Erik got his start constructing costumes to wear for nightlife, while at the same time studying psychology in college. The clothes were imaginative, yet very raw, and got better with experimentation. A portfolio was put together and he got his first professional job sewing foam costumes and mascots in a puppet shop. It was here, he learned how to sew the real way. 8 Months later, that job ended, and another was attained in a Broadway costume shop. He eventually landed a full time position in another Broadway costume shop specializing in historical replicas. This brilliant shop taught him an immense amount of technical skill, and he then enrolled in classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Every time Erik learned a new technique from the shop, he used it to make a garment, constantly experimenting with uncommon materials and mask making as well. After years of designing and constructing fashion type garments, the work switched to more wearable fiber sculptures which is what it is today and will continue to be. Having a strong interest in meditation and psychology, he uses all of his learned realizations as symbols in the work. Eriks buddhist meditation practice takes him on retreats and workshops all over the world.
Erik Is currently in the process of creating a collection of wearable fiber sculptures that will all be shown together to create a story about a personal experience. The story is a visual retelling of a ritual ceremony in which overwhelming negative thoughts overtook and created a form of hell . The pieces are made using indigenous craft techniques, such as weaving and fabric coiling and using mostly organic materials. Each piece is around 7 feet tall. You can see some in construction and finished pieces as well as drawings, research, and techniques on Instagram.com/ErikBergrin as well as www.ErikBergrin.com