Deepa Panchamia (b. 1981, London) creates fabric sculptures, site-specific installations and wearable art. Her interests have always centred on the intertwining notions of scale and space, structure and surface and it was during her degree in Decorative Arts that her true love for textiles emerged. Drawn to the tactile qualities of the material, she specialised in constructed textiles and graduated with a First Class Honours from Nottingham Trent University in 2004.
Panchamia’s philosophy is to challenge the conventional perspectives of textiles. Through a repetitive and intricate process of folding, pleating, cutting, layering and stitching, her aim is to discover new ways to manipulate fabric and create powerful and engaging architectural formations.
After graduating Deepa Panchamia set up her studio in London, where she took part in exhibitions and worked with interior design companies and architects to create site-specific commissions. Her previous projects included 100% Design; 7th Triennial of Contemporary Textiles Arts in Belgium; the Premio Valcellina Award in Italy; and commissioned textiles for the Louis Vuitton Maison London by Peter Marino Architects.
In the summer of 2012, after her second artist residency in Fiskars Village – an artist community in rural, southern Finland – Deepa Panchamia moved to the Finnish countryside. In Finland, Panchamia has the space to fully focus on her work and receives ongoing inspiration from the surrounding nature and other creative professionals who reside there.
She recently exhibited at the Fiskars Design Village exhibition in South Korea; the Nordic Craft Pavilion at the Revelations Fair in Paris; the Contextile – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial in Portugal; and created installations and costumes for the Finnish National Opera.
Deepa Panchamia is a member of The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, The Finnish Association of Textile Artists TEXO and The Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars ONOMA. She has received several grants and awards, including from The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Arts Council England, Svenska kulturfonden Finland, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Ornamo Foundation.
Alongside her art, Panchamia is a freelance design consultant for the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and is a visiting lecturer to creative institutions and universities in England.
Deepa Panchamia currently lives and works in Fiskars Village, Finland.