Richard McVetis: Shaped by TimeMay 19th - September 5th, 2020
UK Solo show at Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.
Richard McVetis describes his work as ‘an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition – a step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition’. A range of materials are used through his labour-intensive process which uses hand-embroidery to record time through multiples of dots, lines and crosses.
Selected works explore the mapping of space and marking of time as a central theme. Variations Of A Stitched Cube, a series of hand-embroidered cubes based on the composite number sixty and the systems in which we measure time. The cubes show time, an ever-present invisible force, through form as both logical and playful. Defined by their materials and created through the random process of embroidery and the action of the hand, generating variations with self-imposed restrictions to imply and manifest the passage of time.
Art & Ideas: Stitching Workshop with Richard McVetis25 April 2020 | 10.30am – 4.30pm
Join us for a one-day workshop of stitching with textile artist Richard McVetis. In this workshop you will learn traditional hand embroidery techniques and create your own stitched piece.
The day will begin with a tour of the House, looking at the textiles and embroidery in the collection. You will learn how to work a stitch in different threads and to change its scale and spacing, to combine stitches, to mark-make and draw. The workshop will explore the tenderness, slowness and rhythms of hand stitching.
Practical help will be given and no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques is needed. You will come away with a unique and beautiful stitched piece.
The Skill of Narrative & Stitched TextilesThursday 19 March 2020 | 6pm–8pm
The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles, the third talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This lecture will introduce 62 Group members Emily Jo Gibbs and Richard McVetis and their respective projects The Value of Making and The Potential of Stitch.
Winter Open Studios29th November - 1st December 2019
Unique opportunity to come and look around my studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn.
Studio E2Q, Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London.
Public Opening Times
Fri 11-8pm | Sat & Sun 11-6pm
Tickets on the Door
RE-NEW30.10 - 03.11.2019 Kettles Yard, Cambridge
TOAST, the clothing and lifestyle brand, has commissioned a group of artists in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard to re-work worn garments and fabrics, turning them into something unique and unexpected. The display aims to promote the idea that clothes can have a life beyond their first wearer; creatively supporting a lower carbon lifestyle.
The participating artists are: Abigail Booth (Forest & Found), Alice Fox, Richard McVetis, Hannah Robson and Sophie Rowley.
RE-NEW coincides with the launch of TOAST Circle, their national clothes exchange project.
Research space display.
DAVID GATES IN DIALOGUE16.08-12.10.2019 Make Hauser & Wirth
Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to present ‘David Gates: in dialogue’, an exploration of containment, materiality, and the desire to collect, assemble, order and display. David Gates combines studio-furniture making with formal research, creating three-dimensional pieces inspired by cabinet furniture.
In recent work Gates has focussed on the cabinet of curiosities, the collecting cabinet as an interface between furniture, people, architecture, and material culture. In keeping with this theme, Jacqueline Moore, the Director of Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, together with David Gates have invited a selection of international artist-makers to submit works for display around the cabinets. Responses include objects in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal and mixed media, which invite investigation into the spaces they occupy, as well as the materials they employ.
Collaborators include: Andrea Walsh, Derek Wilson, Helen Carnac, Harry Morgan, Ismini Samanidou, Katie Spragg, Mr Smith, Mark Reddy, Matthew Day Jackson, Neil Brownsword, Paul Adie, Romilly Saumarez Smith, Richard McVetis, Rosa Nguyen and James Shaw.
COS - SERIES IV EXHIBITION28.07-17.11.2019 COS at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London.
Richard was invited to created three limited edition prints and two embroidered works for COS, these are exclusively available to purchase at King’s Cross store, London. A curated space where art and their collection coexist.
About the work:
Worked from aerial light patterns of cities at night, abstracted so that each ink dot or stitch represents an individual light. These drawings depict the pattern created at a macro scale by humans and our interaction with the landscape. Cities from this vantage point allude to something cellular or celestial, it offers a new perspective of the cities in which we live, underlining the reshaping of our relationship of the built environment.
CONSTRUCT20.07-15.08.2019 Sunny Bank Mills, Farlsey.
Richard is currently showing 'Landscape' in the latest exhibition by The 62 Group of Textile Artists. The 62 Group of Textile Artists are an artist-led organisation with an international membership challenging the boundaries of contemporary textile practice.
In this exhibition members build and assemble ambitious and innovative textile works responding to the theme ‘CONSTRUCT’
CONSTRUCT. 1 to put together substances or parts systematically; build; assemble. 2 to frame
mentally (an argument, sentence etc.). 3 Geom. to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain
requirements are satisfied. 4 something formulated or built systematically. 5 a complex idea
resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas.
Members are open to submit works that respond to the theme of CONSTRUCT
Institute of MakingRichard was invited to run a masterclass at the UCL Institute of Making. For this workshop McVetis drew on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop a day of stitching. The workshop explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, taking inspiration from the textures and patterns found in the Institute of Making materials library. Participants explores the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.
This workshop is part of the Festival of Stuff.
Jerwood Drawing Prize: The Big DrawAs a shortlisted artist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, I was invited to run a practical drop-in drawing project at the Jerwood Space London. This project was part of The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival.
In my workshop, ‘The Drawn Thread’, I worked with participants to explore the enormous scope and versatility of drawing through stitch. Creating textures and patterns by working a stitch in different threads, playing with scale and spacing, and combining mark-making techniques. The workshop encouraged an experimental approach to stitch that drew on the imagination of each participant.
Image: Hydar Dewachi