Hormazd Narielwalla is a London-based artist who makes 2D and 3D collages out of unwanted tailors’ patterns. After completing his Masters in Fashion Enterprise at the University of Westminster, he began his practice in the cutting rooms of tailors Dege & Skinner, No. 10 Savile Row.
His research led to an Artist-in-Residence appointment at Dege & Skinner during which he published the artist’s book Dead Man’s Patterns, 2008, which was acquired by the British Library, the National Art Library and the Courtauld Collection of Art & Design, amongst 25 other collections around Europe and America. He has exhibited at Sir Paul Smith's Albermarle Street gallery, Diane Pernet's Scope in New York, the Crafts Council's national touring exhibition Block Party alongside work from artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Simon Thorogood and Dai Rees as well as the Project Space at Collect 2013. His work has travelled around Europe, the US, Australia and India.
Narielwalla’s research bridges the gap between art and fashion. He was the first and only recipient of the International Rector’s Scholarship to read on a PhD at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. His second book The Savile Row Cutter (Benefactum Publishers, London) is the biography of master tailor Michael Skinner. Narielwalla has resurrected patterns from different sources and his work draws on from domestic French, women’s lingerie, women’s overcoat, hat, shoe and military patterns. His collaborations include Showstudio, Timothy Everest, the Victorian & Albert Museum, Art Below, Harvey Nichols, Saatchionline.com, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Crafts Council, UK and BEAMS, Japan.
Photo: Denis Laner