Approved: 08.08.2017

richard mcvetis

Artist

Approved: 08.08.2017

McVetis uses a range of media including drawing, installation and textiles to explore our perception of space and time. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within stitch. A step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition.

His process is labour-intensive and

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Biography

McVetis uses a range of media including drawing, installation and textiles to explore our perception of space and time. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within stitch. A step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition.

His process is labour-intensive and centres on the use of hand embroidery that reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. In addition, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes. McVetis explores the way time and place are felt, experienced and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment, visualising and making this a tactile and tangible object. The pieces created explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and monotonous regularity of everyday existence.

McVetis, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008, he lives and works in London.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

MA Constructed Textiles - The Royal College of Art - 2006 > 08

BA (HONS) Embroidery - Manchester Metropolitan University - 2002 > 05

 

PROJECTS

 

Festival of Stuff - Materials Embroidery - Lead artist - Institute of Making - UCL - London - UK - July 2017

Textile Centre - Introduction to Embroidery - Lead artist - Fife - UK - May 2017

Hope & Elvis - Introduction to Embroidery - Lead artist - Nottinghamshire - UK - March 2017

Crafts Council - Home and Abroad - Panel discussion - Collect - Saatchi Gallery - London - UK - Jan 2017

Design Crafts Degree - De Montfort University - Talk - Leicester - UK - Jan 2017

The Big Draw - Jerwood Visual Arts - Jerwood Space - Lead artist - London - UK - Oct 2016

Inspiring the Future - Talk - London - UK - March 2016 & 2017

Raystitch Sewing School - Artist lead & workshops - London - UK - 2012 - Present

Embroiderers Guild - Talks & Workshops - Various Locations - 2006 - Present

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

?Crafting New Perspectives - Culturesphere - Gmund Büttenpapierfabrik - Germany

F?uture Icons - London Art Fair - UK.

Retail Space - Seventeen Galley - London, UK.

 

2018

?Loewe Craft Prize - The Design Museum - London, UK.

British Craft Pavilion - London Design Fair - London, UK.

Stitch - Daniel Raphael - London, UK.

Is It Useful? - Unit Twelve - Stafford, UK.

Monochrome - Bluecoat Display Centre - Liverpool, UK.

5x10 - Rolfe Judd Architects - London, UK.

The Uppermost Layer - Jaggedart - London, UK

 

2017

Cheongju International Craft Biennale - British Pavilion - Crafts Council - South Korea, September - October

Drawing Open - No Format Gallery - London, UK - June

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival - Crafts Council - Picture House Central - London, UK - May

Three100 - No Format Gallery - London, UK - April

Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects - Crafts Council - Saatchi Gallery - London, UK - February

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Turnpike Art Centre - Leigh & The Gallery - Poole,  UK - January & April

The Thread Unraveled - V.M. Gallery - Karachi, Pakistan - January

2016

White Show - Clotsworthy House Art Centre - Northern Ireland - November > December 

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Manchester, UK - October

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Jerwood Space - London, UK - September > October 

Making Space - The 62 Group of Textile Artists - Macclesfield, UK - June > September

Hand / Work - Bílskúrsgallerý - Icelandic Textile Center - Blönduós, Iceland - April

RCA Secret - The Royal College of Art - London, UK & Dubai, UAE - March > April

Excellence in Fibre - USA

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA, January

2015

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA, December 

Cheongju International Craft Biennale - South Korea,  September - October

White Show - Flow Gallery - London, UK, October - March  

Mini Textile Exhibition - Kherson, Ukraine, June

Meticulous Stitchers - Unit 12 - Stafford, UK, June - August

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA, January

2014

Microtopia - Kingsgate Gallery - London, UK, Dec

The Geometrics - Slow Textiles Group Show - Textiles Hub London, UK, July

Contemporary Craft Open - Unit 12 - Stafford, UK, January

2013

Pinpoint - One Church Street Gallery - Great Missenden, UK

2012

Textiles – Aiguille en Fete - Group show - Paris, France

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Burton Art Gallery, Devon; Lanchester Gallery, Coventry; Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff

2011

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Jerwood Space - London, UK

Fibremen - Group show - Kherson, Ukraine

2008

Men Only - Group Show - The Beetroot Gallery - Derby, UK

2007

Global cities - Mini Project with Nigel Coates ‘mixacity’ - Tate Modern - London, UK

2006

Knitting & Stitching Show - Touring - UK

Art of the Stitch - Touring - UK

 

AWARDS

Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts funding for Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects project  - 2016

Collect Open - Crafts Council - Selected Artist - 2017

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Finalist - 2016

West Dean Tapestry Commission - Long listed Artist - 2016

Resident Artist - Textilsetur Islands - Blonduos - Iceland 2016

Shortlisted - Cheongju Craft competition - South Korea 2015  ?

Jurors Award - Craft Forms - Wayne Art Center - 2015

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Finalist - 2011

Embroiderers Guild Scholar - 2006/07

 

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS

Wearables Magazine - Inspiration - June 2017

Embroidery Magazine - Making Time - May/ June 2017

Textile Artist - Creating texture and pattern with Stitch - April 2017
Crafts Magazine - Collect Guide - Open to ideas by Imogen Greenhalgh - Feb 2017

House & Garden - Preview the talent at Collect - Jan 2017

Cloth Sculpture - Andra Fischgrund Stanton - 2017

Inspirations Magazine - Issue 91 - Sept 2016

Embroidery Magazine - Sept/Oct 2016

UK Handmade Magazine - Interview with Zoe Gilbertson - Sept 2016

Stitch Journal - Rendering with needle a thread - Aug 2016

Booooooom - Art Blog - 2016

Excellence in Fibers - ? Fiber Arts Now  2015

House & Garden - Buying Art Dec 2015

Inspirational - Nov 2015

Embroidery Magazine - Nov/Dec 2015

Flow Gallery - Interview - Sept 2015

Hand Stitch Perspectives - Alice Kettle & Jane McKeating - Bloomsbury Press 2012

Crafts Magazine - July/August 2005

Embroidery Magazine - 2005/06