Narielwalla was selected by the Crafts Council, England to exhibit in the Project Space at Collect taking place at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea London from the 10th – 13th May 2013. The international fair for the contemporary object housed 32 international galleries and 11 independent artists.
My starting point is always the tailoring patterns, which become the central focus of the artworks. For this project Narielwalla worked with historical military patterns of British Army uniforms sourced from tailoring books dating back to 1800. They were used to derive an academic dress narrative of body coat uniforms of the British Raj archived at the National Army Museum. An affirmative association from his adolescence was the authoritative figure of Ashton Pelham-Martyn, an English officer from the British Raj falling in love with Anjuli-Bai, an Indian princess in the forbidden love tale The Far Pavilions. On reflection Narielwalla was always drawn to the masculine formality of uniforms ever since he watched the TV series as a 12-year-old boy. He began to view the military patterns as abstractions of the officer he fantasised about, and created a series of delicate abstract love gardens as he was revisiting that memory having handled the uniforms and the patterns in the archive. The artworks continue an innocent yearning to embrace an ideal form that remains as illusive as it ever was.