Rita Parniczky: Exhibitions

XRFC Towers-detail nat.lightRita Parniczky has been invited to lend a selection of her innovative hand woven wall pieces for the interactive  Building with Textiles exhibition at the Tilburg Textiel Musuem, The Netherlands  – This exhibition is featured on The Weave Shed .  She will be showing various works  including Pleatflow and a couple of new pieces from 2014.

Rita has previously exhibited in ‘Talent’ Designhaus,  Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 2009   with her ‘X-Ray’ Fabric.XRayFabricPleatSeries-Pleatflow detail

The Textiel Museum presents work by internationally renowned architects as well as interior projects that put textiles in the spotlight. The exhibition is open to the public between 27th September 2014 and 25th January 2015.

She has also created `X-Ray Vaults` works  for the competition Silvery Threads run by the  Costume & Textile Association 25th Anniversary Celebration of Textiles which have been selected for an  exhibition at Norwich Cathedral from 2nd – 13th Oct 2014XRFCrystalSeries XRayVaultsRita’s entry `X-Ray Vaults` explores the movements of the transparent monofilament yarn under complex weave structures inspired by the architectural details of the Norwich Cathedral.

The fan vaults of the ceiling and groin vaults of cloisters led the artist to create rich interpretations of these details across the material. The inspiration for colour comes from native silver and its various shades from white to greys and smoke-browns. Rita’s aim was to develop her previous studies of manipulating the monofilament in the warp: she set up a smaller block of rayon in the otherwise monofilament only warp. This allowed her to experiment with both yarns and study their behaviour under similar weave structures.

The selection for the exhibition itself was made from a large number of entries of a very high standard; this being the first stage of the competition. The second stage will take place during the exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral between 2nd and 13th October 2014 where the selected works including `X-Ray Vaults` will be judged.

The  X-Ray Fabric is optically stimulating encouraging the viewer to discover details in the layers of its hand-woven structure.

Rita brings innovation to the traditional craft of weave exploring the possibilities of manipulating the warp threads. As they are partly invisible in most fabrics she makes them the focal point drawing intricate patterns with them; some of these details become more visible when light travels through the material. With light, the spectacle of X-Ray Fabric is born: it transforms into woven glass or ice and plays for light and shadow.

Rita Parniczky (Great Britain) trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (UAL) graduating with a BA Honours in Textile Design in 2009. She developed her innovative material X-Ray Fabric© during her studies and has been exploring ways to innovate it further since. She was awarded a prestigious commission by The Worshipful Company of Weavers (WCW) and the Victoria & Albert Museum soon after the show New Designers 2009.The art work was completed by Rita with the kind support of Philippa Brock and the weave department of Central Saint Martins in 2010. It hangs at Saddlers’ House until 2014 when it is due to join the permanent collection of the V&A. X-Ray Fabric has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in numerous publications. Rita works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, in Central London, UK.

Images & text from Rita Parniczky

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