The artist’s fascination with tailoring archives earned him the only International Rector’s Scholarship from the University of Arts London to pursue a PhD at London College of fashion where his research focuses on exploring a new value for the pattern. During his residency at Dege & Skinner Savile Row, he wrote The Savile Row Cutter, published by Bene-factum Publishers, and also produced a limited edition (100 copies) artist book Dead Man’s Patterns, which was acquired by several art collections including the Rare British Modern Collection at the British Library. The remaining 5 copies are also available at this show. In October 2009, Paul Smith at his Mayfair gallery presented Narielwalla’s first solo exhibition A Study on Anansi. Since then he has exhibited in other galleries-stores in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens and the eminent Scope Art Fair in New York. Most recently he was commissioned by the Crafts Council to exhibit in their national touring exhibition Block Party curated by artist Lucy Orta.
Couture Lines was initiated by the chance find of a tailoring journal documenting the progress of a 16–year–old Parisian girl, Berthe Seynove, as she learns to cut couture dresses at the turn of the 20th Century. The journal has travelled across time and around Europe before being discovered by Narielwalla who transforms Berthe’s tentative fine lines that become concrete in comparison to the looseness of the pages. The once-frail fire-damaged journal seems to slowly fade from us revealing an intricate geometric landscape of confident construction lines tracing the cuts and curves of an imagined structured couture garment.