SLOW STITCHES by Vrinda Akar by Veranda Akar23rd June 2016 to 02nd June 2016
By Vrinda Akar
23.06 - 10.07.2016
Opening Night: 23.06.2016, 6.30-9.00pm
Emerging layers, diluting depths, gradations and rhythm in nature', these are the analogues that captivate me and the words I use to define my ornamentation.
All my life I have been captivated by the microcosmos and the intricate forms of the natural world.
I look at the ways of nature in my arts practice and through my handwork interpret her forms. My collection is about the combination of natural materials and contemporary design.
I examine fossils and bones, underground springs, roots, leaves, rocks, lichens and fungi and within them discover the intricate patterns of my work. I try to capture the essence by sensing their weight, texture, architecture and smell.
I see comparison between the imperfection of nature and the irreplaceable arts of hand embroidery and shibori dyeing.
The surface created through these techniques out of simple stitches and lines, moving in transient intensities, sizes and colours suggest natural processes and also reflect the spirit of the creator.'
It is with these ideas and a marriage of contemporary handcrafted textiles and time honoured techniques, that I find context for artisan traditions and the natural world in amongst the noise of a modern often industrialised culture.'
Being born and bought up in Jaipur, Vrinda Akar could hardly escape her affinity towards handcrafted textiles. Furthermore, the daughter of an antiquarian developed her fondness in preserving, reviving and promoting the authentic traditional crafts of India from a very tender age.
She could be found starring at the these intricate pieces at museums, exhibitions, galleries across the globe and trying to comprehend the back of these crafts with the families of the artisans at the crafts hub found across the lengths and breadths of the country.
She graduated in Textile ‘Environment’ Design from University of Arts, London in 2015 which gave her an insight into the world of natural dyes that is now her forte. Vrinda Akar’s art pieces are created using traditional techniques, natural dyes and natural materials, innovative design and inspiration from nature. . The imperfection of nature is well represented through some of the arts of hand embroidery and shibori dyeing which can never produce a replica. The surface created through these techniques out of simple stitches and lines, moving in transient intensities sizes and colors suggest natural processes and also reflect the spirit of the creator.