Approved: 08.08.2017

richard mcvetis

Artist

Approved: 08.08.2017

McVetis’ practice is deeply rooted in process, and intrinsic to this is hand embroidery. He records time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process. McVetis explores the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. These inscribed stitches mark

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Artist Statement

McVetis’ practice is deeply rooted in process, and intrinsic to this is hand embroidery. He records time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process. McVetis explores the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. These inscribed stitches mark the hand’s rhythms, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and gesture. They record human presence, time and decay, each stitch or line acting as a marker for lived time, an embodiment of thought and patience. These physical, tactile, and repetitive modes of creation allow him the time to see and think, to occupy a space.

His works have the premise of being created during a predetermined or durational period; this lends the work a performance quality, although executed in private. However, these enforced restrictions of time and location mean that the work is subject to chance; in this way, he is but one of the variables contributing to the work. Drawing as an act is occurs in everything that McVetis creates. Drawing as a dialogue, a focus that goes beyond the flat surface and into the space around.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

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

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

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

Richard McVetis: Shaped by Time - Crafts Study Centre - Farnham - UK

Conversations - The 62 Group - Lymington - UK
 

2021

Definitions of Drawing - Sunny Bank Mills - Leeds UK 

Connected Cloth - The 62 Group / The British Textile Biennial - The Whitaker - UK

?Monochrome - Ruthin Craft Centre - Wales - UK

 

2020

Of Time and Place - Living Object - London - UK

25 Years - Danielle Arnaud Gallery - London - UK

Ten - Unit Twelve - Stafford, UK.
 

2019

RE-NEW - Kettles Yard + Toast - Cambridge, UK

David Gates: In Dialogue - Make Hauser & Wirth - Somerset, UK

COS - Series IV - Coal Drops Yard - London, UK

Construct - The 62 Group - Sunny Bank Mills - Leeds, UK

The Future of Craft - London Craft Week - Oxo Tower - London, UK

Crafting New Perspectives - Culturesphere - Gmund Büttenpapierfabrik - Germany

Future 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

 

Craft Forms - Wayne Art Center - USA.

Make_Shift - Collyer Bristow Gallery - London, UK.

Form + Motion - UK Pavilion - British Council & Crafts Council - Cheongju International Craft Biennale  - South Korea

Drawing Open - No Format Gallery - London, UK.

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

Three100 - No Format Gallery - London, UK.

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

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

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

 

2016

White Show - Clotsworthy House Art Centre - Northern Ireland.

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Jerwood Space - London, UK.

Making Space - The 62 Group of Textile Artists - Macclesfield, UK.

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

Excellence in Fibre - USA

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA.

 

2015

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA. 

Cheongju International Craft Biennale - South Korea.

White Show - Flow Gallery - London, UK.  

Meticulous Stitchers - Unit 12 - Stafford, UK.

Craft Forms - Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - Wayne Art Center - USA.

 

2014

Microtopia - Kingsgate Gallery - London, UK.

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

 

2011

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Jerwood Space - London, UK

 

AWARDS

The Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Awards 2019

Loewe Craft Prize - Finalist - 2018

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 

Cheongju International Craft Competition - Finalist - 2015

Jurors Award - Craft Forms - Wayne Art Center - 2015

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Finalist - 2011

Embroiderers Guild Scholar - 2006/07

 

COLLECTIONS

?Huddersfield Art Gallery - Acquired through the Contemporary Art Society - Omega Fund - January 2022

Private Collections

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TALKS

Definitions of Drawing - Panel discussion with curator Courtney Spencer - Leeds - October - 2021

The Potential of Stitch - The Textile Society - October 2021
 

The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles - Key note - Fashion & Textiles Museum - London - Jan 2021

Possibilities of Fibre Art - Organised by Tai Ping & chaired by Grant Gibson - London - March 2020

Textile Artists in Conversation - Raystitch - London - May 2019

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

Embroiderers Guild - Various Locations - 2006 to present

Inspiring the Future - Various Locations - March 2016 to present

 

LISTEN

Making Meaning - Ruth Singer Podcast - July 2021

Pursuit of Beauty, In Stitches - Presented by Amber Butchart - BBC Radio 4 - November 2018

Rial Talk - Materials Podcast by Anna Ploszajski - August 2018

 

PUBLICATIONS

Textile Travels - Anne Kelly - October 2020

Thread Contemporary Embroidered Art - Thames & Hudson - November 2019

De Fil en Aiguille - Embroidery Art - Publication by Pyramyd Editions  - November 2018

Dimensional Cloth - Andra Standton - August 2018

Textile Landscapes - Cas Holmes

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

 

COMMISSIONS / PROJECTS 

Crafts Council x Toast - Renewal - April 2021

Store Store x Barbican - London Craft Week - October 2020

ReDesign Business - Virtual Festival - Workshop - September 2020

Late at Tate Britain - Tate Collective - August 2020

Institute of Making - UCL - London, UK - 2018 / 2020
 

Mulberry - Take Root Branch Out  - May 2020

COS  - November 2019

Toast - Re NEW - October 2019

Cheltenham Science Festival - Make Shack - June 2019

Rolfe Judd Architect - October 2018

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

 

PRESS

Labour of Love - Interview by Craig Mclean for Hole & Corner - January 2022

Toast Magazine - Reviving and Reinventing - May 2021

Tatter Journal - The Vastness of Minutia - May 2021

Embroidery Magazine - My Space - March / April 2020

Turnball & Asser - Off the Cuff - September 2020

Interview - Jamie Chalmers (Mr X Stitch) - July 2020

Textile Curator - June 2020

TOAST x Kettles Yard - November 2019

TOAST Magazine - RE-NEW at Kettles Yard - October 2019

Korean Craft + Design Foundation - Special Feature - July 2019

Evening Standard - Gallery Walls - March 2019

Wilma Journal - December Distilled - December 2018

Textile Artist - From Concept to Creation - Nov 2017

Uppercase Magazine - Making Time - Oct 2017

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

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
 

Crafts Magazine - July/August 2005

Embroidery Magazine - 2005/06

 

MEMBER

The 62 Group of Textile Artists

Future Icons

 

TEACHING 

The Royal College of Art - Visiting Lecturer - Textiles - March 2018 - present

Store Projects

Raystitch  -  London,UK - 2012 to Present

West Dean 

New Designers - Mentor - 2021/22