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About

 

My practice is of British and Indian heritage. I collect and work with found memory artefacts such as old photographs, postcards, letters, diaries and maps. Through these, I am exploring the interplay between memory, place and identity. Often these artefacts are old maps that bring forth the evolving nature of boundaries – both physical as well as psychological. Along with these constantly evolving boundaries, are the identities that are being re-shaped. I use bare minimum tools and use stitch to recreate a sense of belonging that often requires listening and nurturing that my work attempts to capture. 

My studio practice generally involves collecting, organising, slowing down and making sense of my life, which is divided between making art and being in the world. The rituals around my work help me question, comprehend and eventually believe in what my work stands for. It helps me appreciate what is precious and important in today’s fast and digital world. Also, for me, it is an attempt to stay connected with what is fading but precious in life. 

 

Education

 

2014 - MA in Sustainable Textile design from Chelsea College of Arts and Design, London

2003 - Masters in Apparel and Textile Design from NID (Nationl Institute of Design, India)

 

Exhibitions

2019-  Handmade in Britain, Oxford ( June 27-30th)

 

2019- Ashmolean Museum, Identity exhibition, Handmade in Britain, Oxford ( June 14-16th)

 

2019- Cluster Art & Craft Fair, London ( May 2-5th)

 

2019- Group Exhibition at Seventeen Gallery, London (18-20th Jan)

 

2018 - Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials , United States,
Pittsburgh (September 14, 2018-March 9, 2019)

 

2018 - Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios, Textile Hub London ( June 23 - 24th)

2018 - Select Trail, Gallery 2, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, UK (May 5 - 6th)

 

2017 - Selvedge Fair, London (2nd December)

 

2017- Marshwood Arts, Bridport Arts Centre from Saturday 4th November to 2nd December 2017)

2017- Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios, Textile Hub London (24-25th June)

2017 - The Contemporary Craft Festival , Devon (9-11th June)

2016 - Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios, Textile Hub London (1-4th December)

 

2016 - Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios, Textile Hub London (25-26th June)

 

2015 - Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios, Textile Hub London (18-19th July)

 

2014 - Chelsea College Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 (5th to 12th September) 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/chelsea-ual/15304611343

Awards

Finalist in Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, the Elizabeth

R. Raphael Founder’s Prize (September 14, 2018-March 9, 2019), US.

 

Selected as finalist for the Applied Arts category within the Marshwood Arts Awards

 

Best New Business- Contemporary Craft Festival Jury Award 2017, UK.

Stockist

 

https://madebyhandonline.com/collections/archana-pathak

 

Member

Craft Council Directory Member

Textiles Hub London

''An artist is a poet in his or her own medium

And when an artist produces a good piece,

that work has mystery, an un said quality, it 

is alive'' - Toshiko Takaezu