Metro is thrilled to be supporting award-winning textile artist Rita Parniczky as she embarks on her first solo exhibition ‘Weaving with Light’ at Contemporary Applied Arts, to celebrate her award of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016
The exhibition curated by Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Member Julia Royse, features Parniczky’s extraordinary woven textiles displayed as hanging screens alongside framed and sculptural works. Metro has produced black and white resin prints
from scanned photograms
for the exhibition.
Parniczky’s interest in the structure of textiles was established whilst studying at Central Saint Martins where she developed her innovative weave technique. Creating each of her unique pieces by hand on her Leclerc loom in her London studio, she experiments with translucent nylon monofilament instead of conventional thread thus enabling the visibility of the entire vertical warp. The inventive textiles glow and transform when exposed to natural or artificial light, according to the angle and source of illumination.
Often beginning her processes as sketches or in a photographer’s dark room Parniczky experiments with light and shadow, layering shapes and lines. The photograms she creates mimic structural patterns similar to those found in the veins of leaves, insect wings or an x-ray of a human skeleton. These multi-layered processes allow Parniczky the freedom to respond to the patterns and textures forming in front of her on the loom rather than following a pre-planned design.
Launched in January 2013, the concept of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon stems from the roots of the Salon in Paris with the aim of bringing together like-minded people under the roof to muse on the Arts and awarding the annual Salon prize to nurture and support the career of an emerging maker in Britain.
Jo Hooper, Chair of the Arts Salon for 2016 comments: “Rita was a clear winner for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon - a great example of how wonderfully crafted, and thoughtful use of a fresh medium can encapsulate a modern expression of