Richard McVetis

Richard McVetis MA RCA - Richard's practice is deeply rooted in process, and intrinsic to this is hand embroidery. His installations, drawings, and embroideries span across the congruity of macro and micro, often monochromatic and labour intensive. He records time and space through multiple dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process. Richaard explores the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. These inscribed patterns mark the hand's rhythms, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and gesture. They record human presence, time and decay, each stitch or line acting as a marker for lived time, an embodiment of thought and patience. These physical, tactile, and repetitive modes of creation allow him the time to see and think, to occupy a space.
In his new series of works, Richard examines his enduring fascination with outer space, our connection to material, place, and our intrinsic relationship to the cosmos. In making this work Richard seeks to connect and regain persepctive in world of disorder.
Richard McVetis graduated in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Since completing his BA in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, he has been shortlisted for several distinguished prizes, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK, 2011 and 2017; and the international Loewe Craft Prize, 2018. In addition, Richard has shown work nationally and internationally at several exhibitions, including The British Textile Biennial, Rossendale, UK, 2021; RENEW at Kettles Yard, UK, 2019; Loewe Craft Prize, The Design Museum, London, UK, 2018; Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, UK, 2017; 'Form + Motion' - a major exhibition with British Council and Crafts Council for the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea, 2017. In 2022 he had his first solo show at the Craft Study Centre, Farnham. McVetis is a Tutor in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London.