Deepa Panchamia (b. 1981, London) makes 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.
Deepa 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 engaging architectural formations.
Between 2004–2012 she was based in London, where she worked with interior design companies and architects to create site-specific commissions. 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.
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; and the Design Museum, Helsinki.
She has received grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, The Ornamo Foundation, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Arts Council England and she is a member of The Finnish Association of Designers, The Finnish Association of Textile Artists and The Cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars.
Alongside her art, she is a freelance design consultant for the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and a visiting lecturer to creative institutions and universities in England.
Deepa Panchamia currently lives and works in Fiskars Village, Finland.