Mixed media | UAE
Mixed media | UAE
About Aditi Patwari
Aditi Patwari is a Textile Artist and Designer who has created projects for interiors, stationery and fashion. She has lived and worked in varios countries including India, UK, and the UAE, where she currently resides. She is the Founder of Dea – a textile innovation brand based in Dubai.
Aditi is excited by architecture and geometry, which tend to be the focus of her textile work. Specializing in pattern design, material manipulation, laser cutting and etching, and digital embroidery, her textiles and collections are inspired by travel and tell the stories of her journeys.
As an artist, her visual inspiration comes from a trip to a new city, understanding its cultural heritage, and its architectural language. Through her work, she wishes to communicate that no matter how different we might be on the surface, we are all looking for the same things in life – love, happiness and connection.
March 2020 (Online opening) : The Extended Body; Mixing Cultures – Its Liquid, Th Line Contemporary Art Space, London, UK
March 2020 : Art Connects Women Fashion Pop-Up – Zee Arts, Hilton JBR, Dubai, UAE
2017 : Arts Fair Fashion Show – Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth, UK
2017 : Hult International Business School Scholarship for Women in Business and Future Leaders
2014 : Arts University Bournemouth & British Council Great Scholarships Scheme
Education / Qualifications :
2018 : Master of Science in International Business – Hult International Business School, Dubai, UAE (USA University Branch)
2017 : Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Textiles – Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK
2017 : Introduction to Interior Design – Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK
2016 : Introduction to Creative Branding and Marketing – Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK
2014 : International Foundation Art and Design – University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK
What made you become a textile designer ?
I classify as an artist. It has been a journey. I knew I wanted to be an artist since I was 4, drawing and painting all the time. The walls of my home growing up were filled with my doodles. I went to university with the intention of becoming an Illustrator but was exposed to Textiles and never looked back. I have always enjoyed patterns, fabrics and the tactile qualities of different materials. Now I get to work with them everyday and I am very grateful!
Three words that describe your work
Travel, Culture, Architecture
Can you tell us about your creative process
I am the most creative when I am traveling alone; it's when I have time to think deeply and observe the people and culture around me. I usually stay in hostels, meet a lot of people, hear their stories, walk around cities until I spot something interesting. I let the inspiration come to me instead of forcing it. Once it does, I sketch and draw and write every idea I have, without judgement. When I am back from the trip, I brainstorm by collaging, mark making, playing around with different visuals, materials and colors. I take breaks often, to come back with a fresh mind and discover new ideas. Then it all happens organically, as I keep sampling different material and color combinations until I find the one that reflects how I feel about the city in question. The result is a collection of textiles that represent my interpretation of the city, culture and its history.
An artist or designer who inspired you and whose work you admire
Zandra Rhodes has been a big influence for me, especially in the early years when I was discovering my artistic voice. Reading about her work and process, I learned to think freely and not subject myself to labels and boxes. She talks about how textiles can be art and not only design; that a beautiful dress can be hung on the wall just like a painting. In the late 1900s, she was one of the first designers to travel to India and reinvent the saree and show her own interpretation of Indian culture. The idea of travel, cross-cultural exchange and understanding is very important to me and reflective in my work as well.