I am an artist and designer based in Bali Indonesia, and
Brooklyn. I draw my inspiration from the natural world: sacred geometry, science, bones, metal, leather, and the dark undercurrents of street fashion. Jan Hilmer Designs was birthed in 2005, after years of studying sculpture and of working as a freelance artist and performer in the New York underground scene.
I was drawn to the island of Bali, to a quiet studio, where I could translate my visions into functional timeless designs. I pay special attention to gathering quality materials: leather, silk, hand cast brass and silver, and blending them together into a collection of jackets and jewelry that are made to last. I share a workshop in Bali with designer Sophie Valois & Monica Wallway, where we handcraft our designs into creations we hope inspire you.
I love to sculpt and create worlds, blending elements from vintage and modern fashion and visions of strong feminine characters into timeless designs that tell a story.
I pay special attention to using quality materials: leather, silk, hand cast brass and silver, and carefully handpicking crystals, stones and found objects I gather on my travels to use in my work.
I am passionate about textiles, ancient dying & weaving techniques, that I re-interpret into modern designs bound by their connection to and appreciation of nature.
I pay special attention to using natural materials, certified organic cotton & sustainable fabrics, bamboo, silks, linen & hand woven cotton.