Hormazd Narielwalla at Project Space, Collect 2013

The Crafts Council, England have selected artist Hormazd Narielwalla to exhibit in the Project Space at Collect taking place at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea London from the 10th – 13th May 2013. The international fair for the contemporary object will house 32 international galleries and 11 independent artists.

Margaret Street Gallery has sponsored his participation along with London College of Fashion and Aura Lingerie. For Collect he will exhibit paper sculptures created from military tailoring patterns from his Love Garden series made in response to his doctorate research degree at London College of Fashion. The artist, whose practice originates in Savile Row, makes unique collage artworks, artist books and illustrations from discarded bespoke suit and shirt patterns of individual customers who are now deceased. Narielwalla is also the author of The Savile Row Cutter, biography of Michael Skinner – Master Tailor of Dege & Skinner. Narielwalla will also be resident artist at Margaret Street Gallery where he will make the final work, first to be presented at Collect, following a solo show in the gallery.

My starting point is always the tailoring patterns, which become the central focus of the artworks. For this project Narielwalla worked with historical military patterns of British Army uniforms sourced from tailoring books dating back to 1800. They were used to derive an academic dress narrative of body coat uniforms of the British Raj archived at the National Army Museum. An affirmative association from his adolescence was the authoritative figure of Ashton Pelham-Martyn, an English officer from the British Raj falling in love with Anjuli-Bai, an Indian princess in the forbidden love tale The Far Pavilions. On reflection Narielwalla was always drawn to the masculine formality of uniforms ever since he watched the TV series as a 12-year-old boy. He began to view the military patterns as abstractions of the officer he fantasised about, and created a series of delicate abstract love gardens as he was revisiting that memory having handled the uniforms and the patterns in the archive. The artworks continue an innocent yearning to embrace an ideal form that remains as illusive as it ever was. 

Image: Hormazd Narielwalla, Love Gardens, Work-in-progress installation, 2013, British mess coat uniform tailoring pattern with negative piece cut out drafted by Under Cutter Nina Penlington of Dege & Skinner, No. 10 Savile Row. Photo credit: Daniel K Schweitzer. 

Contact Nina Kullberg for more information, images, or for an interview with the artist. 

Duration 10 May 2013 - 13 May 2013
Times 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Cost £12 http://www.seetickets.com/event/collect-2013/saatchi-gallery/691818
Venue Saatchi Gallery
Address Duke Of York's HQ Chelsea SW3 4RY, ,
Contact / nina@ninakullberg.co.uk / www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect/project-space/

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