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Richard McVetis

Richard McVetis is a British artist-maker who studied at the Royal College of Art, and is best known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and objects.

Training as an embroiderer, he uses traditional hand-stitch techniques and mark-making. His carefully worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses explore the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric, using a limited vocabulary of mark-making and deliberately subdued colour to create a binary simplicity. This preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process examines the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. In addition, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes. Ideas are developed in response to a moment and explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time.

Richard McVetis,  Units of Time, 2015 H6×W6×D6 cm (each cube)  Wool and cotton  Photo: Yeshen Venema