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Dead Savile Row patterns come back to life – exhibition

Dead Savile Row patterns come back to life – exhibition

When:  20 February to 3 March 2012
Where:  Sheridan&Co’s Blandford Street studio, 10A Blandford Street, London, W1U 4AZ

The prestigious London and New York design agency Sheridan&Co will be hosting a series of creative shows in its London space this year. The first event scheduled to take place during London Fashion Week will showcase the work of Hormazd Narielwalla. The exhibition entitled Dead Man’s Patterns – Memento Mori features 7 three-dimensional skulls from a limited edition of 50 accompanied by 7 two-dimensional artworks from an edition of 50 all  exploring the remembrances of death. The exhibition from the 20th of Feb to 3rd March 2012 will also feature an analogue light projection by BAFTA winning artist Ed Burton.

"Skull - Negative Artwork&Object" by Hormazd Narielwalla. Photography by Denis Laner

Narielwalla makes collages from tailoring patterns. His Memento Mori series is made from discarded patterns of dead Savile Row customers. It is also the artist’s first three-dimensional series of collages. Each tailoring pattern is cut, bent, stapled and stuck to make unique three-dimensional form of a human skull. The skulls are presented reverentially in clear cases like preserved relics. Detritus from the making process of each skull litters the floor of its case.

Accompanying the three-dimensional skulls is a parallel series of two-dimensional collages. Each three-dimensional skull is cut from a dead man’s pattern, leaving precious remains of his imprint. The artist uses the remains, the absence of the skull, to make a two dimensional collage revealing a silhouette of the skull in negative space.

The artist’s fascination with tailoring archives earned him the only International Rector’s Scholarship from the University of Arts London to pursue a PhD at London College of fashion where his research focuses on exploring a new value for the pattern. During his residency at Dege & Skinner Savile Row, he wrote The Savile Row Cutter, published by Bene-factum Publishers, and also produced a limited edition (100 copies) artist book Dead Man’s Patterns, which was acquired by several art collections including the Rare British Modern Collection at the British Library. The remaining 5 copies will be available at the show. In October 2009, Paul Smith at his Mayfair gallery presented Narielwalla’s first solo exhibition A Study on Anansi. Since then he has exhibited in other galleries-stores in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens and the eminent Scope Art Fair in New York. Most recently he was commissioned by the Crafts Council to exhibit in their national touring exhibition Block Party curated by artist Lucy Orta. For further information about the art of Hormazd Narielwalla please visit

Sheridan&Co’s Blandford Street studio –

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One comment

  1. Razvan /

    wow, it’s very mysterious, but it will shed a light on the history of Savile Row