Photo: Naseem Darbey in Bradford, Yorkshire

Naseem Darbey


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.

Location Bradford, Yorkshire
Activities Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Installation, Sculpture, Textiles

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  • Young People’s Workshop: Drawing with Stitch

    The National Centre for Craft and Design

    Join accomplished textile artist Naseem Darbey and explore ways of developing and celebrating mark-making through free-hand machine embroidery.10-4pm Young People (12-25) FREE

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  • Workshop: Machine Stitch Markmaking

    The National Centre of Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW

    Join accomplished textile artist Naseem Darbey for a machine stitch masterclass exploring ways of developing and celebrating markmaking through free-hand machine embroidery. 10-4pm £45 inc Materials

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