Approved: 15.10.2010

Naseem Darbey

Artist

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Approved: 15.10.2010

Artist and visual story teller, Naseem Darbey explores the relationship between drawing and textiles, and through direct observation creates unique “hollow drawings” and 3D installations using a sewing machine as her drawing implement. Drawing is Darbey's first and most fluent language. It is the method by which she tells stories. It is the technique she explores in her dreams. And

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  • Location: Bradford, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Workshops, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Sculpture, Textiles
 
 
 

Biography

Artist and visual story teller, Naseem Darbey explores the relationship between drawing and textiles, and through direct observation creates unique “hollow drawings” and 3D installations using a sewing machine as her drawing implement. Drawing is Darbey's first and most fluent language. It is the method by which she tells stories. It is the technique she explores in her dreams. And it is the way she translates her stories into unique, bespoke 3D art works. Darbey's ultimate objective is to allow her drawings to leave the page. Although her lines begin their journey on a two-dimensional plane, Darbey's transformative process results in three-dimensional sculptures. Darbey “draws” freehand, constantly moving her sewing machine needle over her base medium of pliable water-soluble glue. When satisfied with her drawing, Darbey sculpts her work over a Styrofoam base and dissolves the glue. The only trace evidence of her intricate process is the solid 3D structure of her lines which have become a unique and complex “hollow drawing”. But while her technique is remarkable, the element that elevates Darbey's outcome is story. Darbey's narratives are as viable and pleasurable as her sculptures.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - MA Print Making, Bradford College, Bradford 2001 - BA Art and Design, (Textiles and Illustration), Bradford College, Bradford Solo exhibitions 2011 - Between The Lines, Cliffe Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Keighley 2011 - Between the Lines, The Bowes Museum, County Durham 2009 - Study Skins, The Brass Gallery, Leeds 2006 - Tension, South Square Gallery, Bradford 2004 - Paper and Stitch, Bankfield Museum, Halifax 2004 - Paper and Stitch, Cartright Hall, Bradford Group exhibitions 2013 - Growing: Celebrating our past, exploring our future, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire 2011 - Interwoven, The Chapel Gallery, Lancashire 2009 - Colouring Outside The Lines, Gallery 11, Bradford 2007 - Re- Masters, Print Making by recent MA graduates, The Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford Residencies 2010 - Between The Lines- Supported by Arts Council England. A Years residency to produce new works from Museum collections, resulting in a solo show 2011 , Cliffe Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Keighley Public commissions 2013 - In collaboration with The Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent and the Heritage Lottery Fund A commission inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard. Exhibition October 2013 , The Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent 2009 - Common Star, Thread drawing funded by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Renaissance Yorkshire, Bradford Museums and Galleries, Bradford Projects 2007 - The Lost Stitch, A film produced in collaboration with studio 163, Commissioned by FABRIC in conjunction with Bmedia and the Big Screen, Bradford, Showcased at the Brighton and Glasgow film festival 2007 2005 - Artist exchange and supporting exhibition, Bradford Museums, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, England and Ham, Germany Publications 2012 - Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, Thames and Husdon 2011 - ‘The Heart of the matter’, feature by Denna Jones on Naseem Darbey, Embroidery Magazine