Dr. Bharti Parmar is a visual artist and academic living and working in the UK with a practice of 30 years. Her interests include vernacular crafts and systems, which she often subverts to make political statements. Parmar draws upon the multiplicity of her identity to make prints, archival installations, sculptures, and embroidery with labor, the hand, and time as common tropes. She is currently developing exhibitions on the subject of cotton and empire.
Dr. Parmar studied at the Royal College of Art London and has a doctorate in fine art which examines the poetics of Victorian material culture. She has been a trustee of several arts organizations and a regular speaker in the fields of material culture studies, textiles, craft, empire, and the postcolonial archive. She currently sits on the Designation Scheme Panel for Arts Council England and is the co-editor of Vol.4 Colour of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles.
Photographer credit Clare Hewitt.