mixed media artist
Amarjeet Nandhra 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 WSTA, Windsor School of Textile Arts, an independent textiles school, which she also co founded. Amarjeet also teaches at City Lit adult education centre in London.
Amarjeet’s past work has examined objects within our daily environment, ones we often overlook and ignore. Highlighting these unremarkable objects, encouraging the viewer to share in the sense of the surprise and unexpected nature of the detail. Her interests lay not only in an object’s physical characteristics, rather choosing to celebrate their flaws and imperfections.
However a broader investigation has developed, looking at our relationship with objects and cloth. This pathway has led to the excitement of re examining the colours and patterns associated with traditional Indian textiles and objects collected and used during her life. This engagement is not purely about the decorative qualities, but also examines the straddling of the British Indian culture and the political discourse of both past and present, within the wider host community. She addresses the complex issues of identity and heritage, exploring the two through her work. The aim is to celebrate tradition, yet create a new relevant dialogue for modern times.
Print, mixed media, text and stitch provide the foundation to express these ideas. The work develops through layering of marks, text, patterns and stitch. The ideas are formulated through drawing and samples whilst explorations have also resulted in wire drawings and small constructions.