Deepa Panchamia (born 1981, London) makes sculptures, installations and wearable art. In her work she experiments with new geometries, combining mathematics with her own fabric techniques. Through a repetitive and intricate process of folding, pleating, cutting, layering and stitching, her aim is to discover new ways to manipulate fabric to create engaging textural formations.
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 at Nottingham Trent University that she began to use textiles as a medium to explore these ideas. After graduating she was based in London, undertaking commissions, exhibitions and freelance design work. In 2007 she visited Fiskars Village in Finland as an invited artist for their summer exhibition ‘Transparent’ and an Artist Residency. Inspired by the surrounding nature and artisan community, she returned for a second Artist Residency in 2012, and then moved permanently to Fiskars Village.
Deepa Panchamia is a member of The Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars (ONOMA), The Finnish Association of Textile Artists (TEXO) and The Finnish Association of Designers (ORNAMO).
Previous exhibitions have included the Premio Valcellina Award, Italy; the 7th Triennial of Contemporary Textiles Arts, Belgium; 100% Design London; the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea; Revelations: International Fine Craft and Creation Biennial, Paris; the Contextile – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Portugal; Fiberspace Gallery, Stockholm, and the Design Museum, Helsinki.