Riddhi Patel – The sea of Warp and Weft

How do you see a sea?
More of an endless swim.
Swim between tangles of water and waves.
Waves, the horizontal stream.
And water, lets make it vertical!
How does it appear?
Grid, just like warp and weft.
See that cloth, bring it closer and inspect it.
There's another sea!
The sea of warp and weft.

There are random thoughts passing through my mind when I sip my chai at the studio. Pondering about things like water in the sea or an ocean. When you witness an ocean, you notice its endless and infinite nature. To me, just an imaginary glimpse of it makes me feel insignificant. There is no boundary to lay focus on. Its vast and you almost seem like an ant in front the Himalayas. Such is the nature of warp and weft. Its endless and uncountable. Where the water constitutes the ocean, here, the thread constitutes the framework. And hence, in these series I have tried to establish an anatomy of a cloth and the grid formation of the thread tissue.

Untitled – 2019, Acrylic on Khadi
Untitled-2020 Acrylic on Khadi

Textiles have always been my constant inspiration. Human beings do have a tendency to personally attach themselves to fabric. What the touch attaches to is the grid of the fabric. How each thread tingles with others and keeps the cloth intact.

Untitled – 2019 Acrylic and enamel on khadi fabric
Curtain II, 2019 Ink and water color on paper
Untitled, 2019 Soft pastels on paper

The sea and the fabric are correlational to each other. Materials have a tactile sensation. They create varied kinds of texture and patterns. I try to give viewers a visual feel over the touch sensation of a cloth.

Feel free to give your opinions regarding my work. 🙂

Thank you!

8 thoughts on “Riddhi Patel – The sea of Warp and Weft

  1. Hi, Riddhi! First of all, welcome to the #VirtualSPAR community!
    Thank you fro sharing your work. I especially liked “Curtain II”.
    I was surprised both by the correlation you create between the “bodies” of the ocean and the textile and the way you create your works. Very unusual, and also so delicate, detailed. I like the human touch those patterns have. They are not perfect as those created by machines, and this makes them unique and beautiful. They breathe and have their own kind of dynamics.
    It would be great to learn a bit more about the technical side of your work. Why do you use this particular kind of fabric? And how do you combine it with enamel? Could you maybe share some photos of your working process?

    1. Hello Anastatia,
      Thank you for appreciating my work and giving me an opportunity to share the bits of it. Specifically thank you for mentioning that my works do breathe! Its a huge thing from you and made my day. That’s a particular quality I aim to establish in each of them.
      Talking about the material, I use Khadi cloth as it can perfectly seep in my colors and the gap between the warp and weft is suitable to establish my painting. Another significance is its origin which was during the time of fight for freedom in India. This cloth is particularly associated with ethnic and traditional values. The ethnicity correlates to the part of me being a classical dancer.
      And yes, I will be definitely share my work process in the upcoming post.

      (P.S. The enamel was only used for one work to cover up some mistake I had made. And somehow it worked and gave a nice touch to my painting. In fact it uplifted the grid I made.)

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