Visiting Artist Lecture at Fashion Institute of Technology

Clothing Folding Demo

March 11th, 5:00-6:30 PM
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 
The Pomerantz Center,
227 W 27th St, NY, NY 10001

Night Sky - Portrait

Night Sky – Portrait

I’m excited to be kicking off two projects with FIT this spring! I’ll be presenting a visiting artist lecture and working as an artist in residence.

I hope you can come to the lecture on March 11th from 5:00-6:30 PM. I’ll tell you how I came to focus on second-hand clothing, I’ll review key projects and I’ll share some entertaining case studies.


A week-long artist in residence project (AIR@FIT) will kick off on April 13th. I’ll be collaborating with students and faculty to create a context-aware, experimental new work. I’ll be in The Studio (D223), a glass box that juts out over the lobby of the Pomerantz Center at Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. 

Please follow along on Instagram if you would like to see things unfold or come by and observe from the lobby below.

New Collector Spotlight

Last month I delivered 3 drawings to Gregory Patterson (two of which are below). In case you don’t know, he’s a celebrity hairstylist and overall beauty expert. You might have caught him on Project Runway years back or seen his recent work for Sally Beauty.

“The pieces instantly struck me, I saw myself, and my life’s journey in them. I saw my childhood, my college years, and the man I have become today”

Gregory Patterson

These works were produced during my pop-up open studio in Queens this past fall, made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts.
A few are still available, please let me know if you are interested.

Press Round-Up (English), 2019

03/20/19 RTHK Radio (live radio interview), James Ross, “Derick Melander – Central & Western District Festival”
03/21/19 Hive Life (feature), Christy C, “Fashioning Art from Old Clothes”
03/22/19 Home Journal (feature), Cherry Lai, “New York Artist Derick Melander Turns Old Clothing Into Stunning Towers of Art”
03/27/19  Hong Kong Heartbeat (Art Basel survey), Keilem Ng, “Eco Art Basel”

Press Round-Up (Chinese), 2019

03/20/19 Fine Door (feature), Lin Guocai, “當藝術家在堆疊這些布料時,喚醒公眾對於廢棄紡織品及世界事物「可持續性」的反省”
03/27/19 ULifestyle, (feature) Deng Dazhi, “太古星街藝展民生”
04/08/19 Position News (feature), Zeng Jiahui, “觀中環街頭的回收衣物藝術品 知否知否香港現時氣氛如何”
03/18/19 Near Snake (feature), Editorial Desk, “星街小區:”You Are My Other Me” 大型環保藝術裝置”

An Evening of Performance – Kaleidospace Collective

Manuela Agudelo

Really happy to be providing space to this dynamic, young group of artists. The final blow-out of my Jackson Heights pop-up studio will feature music, performance, dance, theatre… come raise a glass?

This project is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Wearing Others

Wearing Others

Wearing Others
Wearing Others

Size: 10″ x 7″

Materials: Notebook paper & pencil

This is based on a dream I had where I was standing in an earthen pit, a bit deeper than I am tall. Behind me stood my father. Behind him, his father. Behind him, his father. I am lucky to have known them all. I think it was implied in the dream image that the line went on forever and that I was only momentarily at the front. But actually, I do not have children, so I am the end of the line.

Social Mobility, 2010

Clothing Sculpture: Social Mobility, 2010

This piece is one of several created for a solo show at The University of Maryland. It was taken for regular walks around campus by gallery staff. This sticker occupied the space on the floor where the piece was displayed when at rest.

Approximate Size:
6′ x 2′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Second-hand clothing, steel, wood, casters, dog-leash

Lamination, 2008

Clothing Performance: Lamination, 2008

Lamination, 2008

7’ x 6’ x 1″ (H x W x D)

Felt, thread & buttons

This drawing was created in several steps. First I de-constructed 7 individual garments which together comprised an outfit. I then laid them flat, photographed them, imported them into my computer and traced the outlines. After some tweaking I printed the drawing on a large roll printer and used the shapes as a pattern. More tweaking and the removal of all the right arms. Then more fitting work and after several iterations a final garment was cut and button holes were added.

This arrangement references the manufacturing of plywood in which thin sheets of wood are peeled from trees, layered and glued together.

© Derick Melander, 2012

Nomad (video), 2007

Clothing Performance: Nomad, 2007

Nomad, 2007 (video)

Originally a site specific piece for the Red Dot Art Fair, This video was filmed in the hotel room the night before the opening. After an early morning edit, we installed a mini DVD player in the closet along with all the clothing from the poem.

Dreams Divided The Natural Uniti
One Free Voice Above The Crowd
R Nomad Identity InStride

Spellbound Acrobat S Bridge The Gap
A Tightrope Outline Barely There

I’m Absolutely Pale
Solitude S Rare Essence
U Breakaway Speechless 2xist