Amarjeet Nandhra

mixed media artist



PROFILE

Amarjeet is a practising artist, currently working with print, mixed media and stitch. Trained in Graphic Communication, she has also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films. As a freelance tutor and lecturer, she has taught a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and textiles, at Diploma level, City & Guilds, in Adult Education, schools and in the community.

Currently she is teaching at East Berkshire College, Windsor; H.E. Diploma in Stitched textiles tutor and Advanced Textiles tutor. She also teaches at City Lit adult education centre in London. In September 2011 she will be co-running the Windsor School of Textiles Arts based in Bracknell.

One of Amarjeet’s long term goals is to encourage the development of textiles in the local community. This has provided her with many exciting opportunities including teaching afterschool groups, working with Hounslow Arts Education Network and a community project linked with The London Transport Museum.
As an artist her practice explores the beauty of imperfection. It is the flaws, the imperfections, the ageing wrinkles, the creases and the cracks that inspire her work. It is the unstoppable passage of time, the unpredictable intervention of man and the inevitable limitations of design and construction that provide the context for Amarjeet’s work. Under closer scrutiny everything has a flaw, a crack in it. These slight idiosyncrasies provide the micro segments that interest her, commenting on the beauty of the detail and not the whole. It is the beauty of the flaws that her work explores and embraces. Alongside the study of imperfection, the connected notion of repair is another avenue that her work investigates. The beauty of the inventive repair that introduces new life to the object, the artful repair then takes on its own identity often with quirky and unique results.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experimental Printmaking, Central St Martins

Introduction to Printmaking, City Lit London

Diploma of Higher Education in Stitched Textiles with Distinction, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

City & Guilds 7407 Stage 1& 2 Certificate in Further Education Teaching, East Berkshire College

City & Guilds 7900 Embroidery part I & part II, Missenden Abbey

City & Guilds 929 Trainers and Assessors award, University of Greenwich

Currently studying BA (Hons) in Creative Arts

MEMBERSHIPS

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Embroiderers’ Guild

Institute for Learning

Ealing Art Quartet

EXHIBITIONS

2010

Shepherds Market Gallery, with Studio 21

The Denbies Gallery, with Studio 21

2009

The Signature Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, with Studio 21

The Fountain Gallery, Hampton Court, with Studio 21

2008

Travels in Textiles, London Transport Museum (Depot)

2007

Graduate Show Case, Knitting & Stitching, Alexandra Palace

2005

Sculpture from all Angles, The Jersey Galleries, Osterley

3 Women, The Ark Longfield Avenue, W5

2003

Contemporary Textiles Fair, Landmark Arts Centre

Art Van Go Gallery, Knebworth

Living Threads, Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

2002

Living Threads, Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

2001

Ealing Art Exhibition, Pitshanger Manor Gallery

2000

Ealing Art Exhibition, Pitshanger Manor Gallery

Paul Robeson Theatre – Shining Cloth, Solo Exhibition

PUBLICATIONS

2008, Stitch Magazine

2005, Janet Edmonds Three Dimensional Embroidery, Batsford

CONTACT

e: amarjeet.nandhra@ntlworld.com