Alpa Mistry


Alpa Mistry, a woven textile designer, produces exclusive accessories for fashion and interiors. Her work is defined by an imaginative use of colour, balance and proportion of line.

The colours are translated into hand-dyed silks and then finely hand-woven creating textile pieces with contrasts of sheer and solid fields of colour.
Alpa’s work is also characterised by her use of contrasting textures, often mixing diaphanous silks with different weighted wools, linens, mohair and cashmere. A natural instinct for teaming unusual colours and creating glorious combinations allows her to be spontaneous at the weaving loom.

Alpa seldom pre-plans her colour schemes and ‘paints’ with the colours as the designs progress, thus ensuring that no two pieces are ever the same.
She is inspired by the rich colours derived from her Indian background, as well as the different layers and textures found in images of rural landscapes.

Since setting up her own label, Alpa has attracted attention from a number of galleries and outlets across the country with her designs, including The Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Applied Arts and the Museum of London.

Born 1977

Education
1997–2000    BA Hons Woven Textile Design, Loughborough
University School of Art & Design, Leics.
1996–1997    BTEC  Diploma in Foundation Art & Design, West Thames College, Isleworth, Middlesex                                  
 
Awards
Nov 2004 Djanogly Prize. Winner of award for original collection of work
July 2001 Received loan from the Prince’s Trust to set up Textile Design studio

Selected  Exhibitions
2007 Contemporary Textiles Exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, Lancs
Artist in Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2006 ‘Take Me Home’ Christmas Show, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Lustre Contemporary Craft Market, Djanogly Gallery,
‘Summer Stitches’ Exhibition of work at Royal Exchange Theatre Craft Shop, Manchester                                                                
‘By Design’, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
2005 Christmas Show, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales
‘Bedazzled’ Christmas Show, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
Lustre Contemporary Craft Market, Djanogly Gallery, Contemporary Textiles Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, Middlesex.
2004 Lustre Contemporary Craft Market, Djanogly Gallery,
Design Front 04. Contemporary design show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea.
Spotlight Artist Exhibition, Lesley Craze Gallery, Clerkenwell
Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios. Cockpit Arts, London WC1.
2003 ‘Christmas at the Mill’  Exhibition of work at the Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne, Dorset.
Craft Shop, Manchester

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