Hormazd Narielwalla to exhibit at Project Space at Collect

Monday, April 22, 2013

The artist revitalising bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns as unique paper collages


Artist, Hormazd Narielwalla, is set to exhibit in the Project Space at Collect taking place at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea London from the 10th - 13th May 2013.

Pink Pattern

The amazing paper sculptures that Narielwalla is exhibiting for Collect have been created from military tailoring patterns created for soldiers now long dead. The sculptures are taken 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. 

'My starting point is always the tailoring patterns, which become the central focus of the artworks.'

Red Pattern

For this project Narielwalla worked with historical military patterns of British Army uniforms sourced from tailoring books dating back to 1800. They have previously been used to derive an academic dress narrative of body coat uniforms of the British Raj archived at the National Army Museum.

Pink Pattern 2

Narielwalla's interest in military uniforms began in his adolescence, and he says that he can pin point it to discovering The Far Pavilions; a story of forbidden romnce involving the authoritative figure of
Ashton Pelham-Martyn, an English officer from the British Raj falling in love with Anjuli-Bai, an Indian princess.

He returned to these memories as an adult after having found the old uniforms and patterns in an historical archive. The sculptures Narielwalla has created continue an intruiging cultural narrative and an innocent yearning to embrace an ideal form that remains as illusive as it ever was. 

Collage - Artist At Work

For more information visit http://narielwalla.com/

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