The Crafts Study Centre is delighted to announce the first solo show of British textile artist Richard McVetis, curated by Director of the International Textile Research Centre Professor Lesley Miller.
The exhibition will feature works from over the last 15 years of McVetis’s career, including two- and three-dimensional textiles. At the centre of this exhibition will be a new configuration of his installation ‘Variations of a Stitched Cube’, shortlisted for the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, that examines the systems in which we measure time.
For over a decade, McVetis has had a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of a process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making, and intrinsic to this practice, is hand embroidery. His process is labour intensive, and the inscribed stitches mark the rhythms of the hand, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and physical activity.
Meticulously drawn and stitched, McVetis records and maps time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses, visualising and making time tactile and tangible. They record human presence, time and decay, each stitch or line acting as a marker for lived time, an embodiment of thought and patience. The exhibition comes together to form a visual portrait of the artist, a meditation on process shaped by time.