Amarjeet Nandhra

mixed media artist

PROFILE

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

BA (Hons) Creative Arts First class University for the Creative Arts, 2015

H E Diploma of Higher Education in Stitched Textiles with Distinction, East Berkshire College, Windsor, validated by Bucks New University, 2004-2007

City & Guilds 7407 Stage 1& 2 Certificate in Further Education Teaching, East Berkshire College, 2005      

City & Guilds 7900 Embroidery part I & part II, Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, 1998-2002

City & Guilds 929 Trainers and Assessors award, University of Greenwich, 1995

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

Institute for Learning

Textile Study Group

Studio 21 Textile Art

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

The Sewing Machine Project: a contemporary view of the ‘Iron Needlewoman’
Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, SIT Select textile festival Awarded Hartlebury Award

2015

The Sewing Machine Project Studio 21, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Berkshire

2014

Where Does the Line Take Us? The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford

2013

Chinese Whispers, Studio 21, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Chinese Whispers ICHF, Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch, NEC, Birmingham

2012

Society of Designer Craftsmen – The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

Material Girls – Studio Gallery, PM Gallery & House Walpole Park, London

Everyday Encounters – William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road

2011

Continuum – Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham Studio 21

Hastings Arts Forum, Studio 21 , St Leonards on Sea, Hastings, East Sussex

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

2008, Stitch Magazine

2005, Janet Edmonds Three Dimensional Embroidery, Batsford

CONTACT

e: amarjeetnandhra@virginmedia.com
w: www.amarjeetnandhra.com