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Ian Berry supports Jeans for Genes charity by Ian Berry

Ian Berry with Newton Faulkner and Laura Pattison of Jeans for Genes at an event in their honour at Catto Gallery

Ian Berry with Newton Faulkner and Laura Pattison of Jeans for Genes at an event in their honour at Catto Gallery

Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder and Ian Berry is one of their ambassadors and hosted a party for their benefit at the Catto Gallery in London.

Monies raised by Jeans for Genes Day fund the work of the charity and provide grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

While their main week falls in September, they are working tirelessly all year round with many events, as well as selling the tee shirts - like the new Batman collaboration with Warner Brothers. Ian’s event is another example of how people support the cause throughout the year.

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Ian Berry modelled the shirts that you can buy here and the special Batman shirts for children are only £9, here. This years Jeans for Genes Day covers the week of Mon 16th to Fri 20th September 2019, so get your workplace or school to join the program.

Ian’s event at the Catto Gallery on Thursday 25th July was a fun night, where Danish Gin makers Kongsgaard Raw Gin provided refreshments, much needed on the hottest day of the year, they also showed their newly designed Limited Edition bottles by Ian Berry.

Ian Berry with Kelly Harrington at the event

Ian Berry with Kelly Harrington at the event

For one time only, Ian allowed some of the individual albums from the Record Store to be sold off in aid for the charity as well as the Limited Edition bottles.

The night was capped off by a special performance by Newton Faulkner.

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Newton needs little introduction. The English singer-songwriter and musician known for his percussive style of guitar playing In 2007 his debut studio album Hand Built by Robots was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom. The album topped the UK Albums Chart in August 2007. From that album he played "Dream Catch Me" as well as rounded off with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

Ian Said ‘Having Newton perform was extra special, as in 2007 and ‘08 he was the soundtrack to my summers when I lived in Australia. I was working with denim when I left for Australia but it was there I decided to not do ‘the day job’ and concentrate on my art. So it has great memories. I loved that everyone got involved and enjoyed the night and took part with him singing.’

Ian presenting Newton Faulkner to the crowd

Ian presenting Newton Faulkner to the crowd

The event capped off a successful month for the artist after a sell out show and one that was named a ‘Must See’ by the Londonist and ‘Top seven show in London in July’ by Fad magazine' and filmed for BBC. Follow for more stories for what is coming in a very exciting 2019 for Ian Berry.

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You can see more of the brilliant photos by Alex Springer \ VR Agency here

To donate to Jeans for Genes you can click here or if you would like to set up your school or workplace to the program to have your own Jeans for Genes Day follow the links.

Ian Berry X Kongsgaard Raw Gin by Ian Berry

A Limited Edition in denim of one to reflect the Record Store

A Limited Edition in denim of one to reflect the Record Store

Ian Berry does few collaborations but if he does, you can bet he knows the people well and believes in them. And that is true of his friends Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard who own Kongsgaard Raw Gin.

He joined forces with them to make some very limited special denim editions. Kongsgaard are famed for their use of apples and also their sustainability.

The Gin is hand crafted so Ian made an edition of ten hand made labels like their own – all the letters cut by scissors and hand. Another ten with Raw denim – the ‘Raw Limited Edition’ to link with the brands Raw Gin name and ethos.

A further five that were one off originals and made to reflect different pieces of work in Ian’s exhibition – like his Hotel California record store, the Secret Garden and one to reflect a pool amongst others. Tonello helped make some of the labels with their Laser Blaze technology.

Ian Berry with Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard and Newton Faulkner who performed on the opening.

Ian Berry with Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard and Newton Faulkner who performed on the opening.

‘Similar mindsets is the real beauty of this colaboration. It's been amazing to work with Ian, seeing our shared passion for original craftmanship and attention to detail unfold.’
Bettina Kongsgaard

The London based, Danish Gin makers Kongsgaard Raw Gin like Ian have a time consuming process to perfect their art own art.

At the centerpiece of the layers of flavour of Kongsgaard are Danish apples. Among the world’s best, they balance the selected apple sort with a seasonal cut, to reflect that first raw bite.

Kongsgaard Raw Gn was served on the special night in the Catto Gallery

Kongsgaard Raw Gn was served on the special night in the Catto Gallery

Founded in the dark woods surrounding the ancient town of Roskilde, a majestic building of oak once stood tall and strong. It was from this seat in the great hall of Kongsgaard, the legendary Vikings ruled and sagas of the kingdom of Denmark began.

Today, staying true to traditions of their ancestors, they craft their gin by hand, distilling in small batches. Kongsgaard also have an eye on the future and like Ian, thoughts of sustainability. They are aiming to be CO2 neutral and are now the only Gin brand to plant forest! With a partnership with Treedom Trees they have not only planted trees, but provided jobs to communities.

The collaboration was launched on Ian Berry’s special night for Jeans for Genes.

The collaboration was launched on Ian Berry’s special night for Jeans for Genes.

The new Gin bottles were launched at Ian Berry's Jeans for Genes night before the close of his exhibition and the guests were treated to Gin and Tonic by the taste masters. You can see more images here

There are a few bottles of the Limited Edition left and you can inquire at mail@ianberry.art