Hormazd Narielwalla

Dead Man's Patterns, Memento Mori - three-dimensional
Paper collage - edition of 50 originals

7.9 x 5.9 x 6.3 in

Dead Man's Patterns, Memento Mori - two-dimensional
Paper collage - edition of 50 originals

33.1 X 23.2 in

Lady Gardens
Paper Collage

80 cm X 60 cm

Fairy God, Fashion Mother
Paper collage

33.1 X 23.2 in

Hormazd Narielwalla is a collage maker; working with bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns as his source materials. His fascination of tailoring archive earned him the only International Rector’s Scholarship from the University of Arts London at London College of Fashion. His research focuses on exploring a new value for the pattern by looking at them as historical documents and beautiful drawings in their own right, the British Raj being the context. During his residency at Dege & Skinner Savile Row, he wrote The Savile Row Cutter, the tailoring biography of Master Tailor Michael Skinner published by Bene-factum Publishers. London 2011, and in 2008 produced a limited edition artist book Dead Man’s Patterns, a design story inspired by bespoke patterns belonging to deceased customers. The book was acquired by several art collections around the world including the Rare British Modern Collection at the British Library. In October 2009, Paul Smith at his Mayfair gallery presented Narielwalla’s first solo exhibition A Study on Anansi, where he combined the patterns with western African folk tales. Since then Narielwalla has exhibited in other galleries-stores in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens and the eminent Scope Art Fair in New York. Most recently he was commissioned by the Crafts Council to exhibit in their national touring exhibition Block Party curated by artist Lucy Orta. The concept of his artistic quest is to interpret and communicate patterns as abstract shapes of the human form; using this unique theme in his work he narrates untold tailoring stories.

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Bachelors of Commerce, University of Pune India
BA (hons) in Fashion, University of Wales, Newport
Masters in Fashion Enterprise, University of Westminster, London
PhD (candidate – to be completed 2013) London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

Selected Exhibitions-Displays

Jan 2012: Solo show: Dead Man’s Patterns – Memento Mori at Sheridans & Co, London.
Nov 2011: Solo show: Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother at the Modern Pantry, London.
Sept 2011: Group show Block Party – Crafts Council touring exhibit (UK) with work featured from Yinka Shonibare, Charlotte Hodes, Lucy Orta, Simon Thorogood and Shelley Fox.
May 2011: Work included in touring exhibition Paper Fashion managed by the Barbican.
April 2011: Fairy God, Fashion Mother at 4Fashionshake III, Athens
April 2011: Group show, Drawing on the body, KG52 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden along side Helen Storey, Lucy Orta and Charlotte Hodes.
Oct 2010: Solo show, Hat-Parade, at Bernstock Speirs, London.
Oct 2010: Art on the Underground, display at Old Street tube station.
June 2010: Solo show Oscar Hodgepodge, at the Shop at BlueBird, London.
April 2010: Group show, Drawing Out, at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia (representing the University of Arts, London).
Mar 2010: Group show, Markt, Lincoln Centre, New York, curated by Diane Pernet (ashadedviewonfashion.com), with two appearances in NY Times.
Oct 2009: Solo show, A Study On Anansi, at Paul Smith Albermarle Street Gallery, London.

Aug 2011: Launch of The Savile Row Cutter – Conversations with Master Tailor Michael Skinner textual tailoring biography written and art directed, published by Benefactum Publishers, London.
March 2008: Dead Man’s Patterns – Artist book: A design story that draws inspiration from unwanted Savile row patterns of clients who are now dead. Retailed at the V&A museum shop, Paul Smith London & Paris, Gieves & Hawkes, Claire De Rouen Books, menswear store The Library and BEAMS, Japan.

Sept 2009: Awarded the first International Rectors Scholarship to read on a PhD at LCF.
July 2007: Awarded 2 Erach Roshan Sadri Foundation grants for part tuition and research.