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Deepa Panchamia graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Decorative Arts from Nottingham Trent University in 2004. Since graduating she has continued to innovate, refine her technique and experiment with scale, structure and surface. She was recently awarded the Individuals Award from The Arts Councils England and her collection has received wide media coverage including the BBC and Channel 4. She has been invited to exhibit her collection at various venues and events in London, including the London Design Festival; The Fashion and Textiles Museum; Business Design Centre. She only creates one-off pieces and has undertaken private and corporate commissions for homes and offices. For more information and images please visit www.deepapanchamia.com
I have taken an unconventional approach to textiles. Combining silk organzas and leathers with inventive pleating techniques, I create intense, double-sided, structural surfaces. The combination of transparency and solidity give my fabric enhanced properties allowing it to be moulded, manipulated and transformed - moving textiles away from its traditional two-dimensional form.
With this technique I have developed a network of structural wall art and sculptures for interior spaces. My designs consist of energetic pleated waves juxtaposed with delicate pocketed constructions. Material and colour selection are paramount to the design. The transparency of the organza allows the internal formation to be revealed, creating an engaging relationship between the exterior and interior. I intentionally use a limited range of subtle colours that create shadows on the surface, enhancing the contours of the piece.
Shells have been the main source of inspiration. Elements of surface texture, subtle colours and structure are explored in ways in which the translation into fabric is a prime concern.
I want people to interact with my work through visual experience and explore its tactile qualities. My exhibitions create an intriguing environment of suspended structures where I encourage visitors to lie down and look up into the labyrinthine formation, allowing the work to be viewed from an unconventional perspective.
Eager to visualise my work from an alternate viewpoint I began to use the female form as a vessel to display my work and have been taking inventive risks to create an avant-garde collection of garments, headwear and footwear. The pieces are developed independently of the body and depict a growth and expansion that is inconsistent with the natural form, at times completely engulfing the wearer.
My philosophy towards design is to challenge conventional perspectives of textiles and fashion. Through material exploration and my own experimental techniques, I allow the structure to evolve through a series of stages, making the fabric and form equally expressive.
Radiating a natural organic quality, my collection exhibits a strong linear wave motion that is detailed yet controlled; energetic yet coherent. My work is solely about reaching this balance and to engage notions of aesthetics, rhythm and continuity.
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