ABOUT

Hi, I’m Abeer Kayani. I specialised in hand-dyed and printed textiles from University for the Creative
Arts, Surrey. I love working with bold colour and intricate patterns. These are an integral expression
of my cultural identity. In Pakistan, I grew up surrounded by luscious material, embroidery, print
and jewellery.
My designs are inspired by harmonious, repetitive patterns, developed using CAD and hand-screen
print. I enjoy using a range of silks which make each outcome unique and bespoke. I also use a
range of dye and print techniques that allow me to work in a highly experimental and creative way.
I have a fascination for light and shadow structures, architectural geometries, degrading structures
and am always looking for ways to create work with a playful twist!
View my online portfolio here.

JOURNEY

After graduating I exhibited at New Designers 2019 in Islington. I was an Artist in Residence at the
Watts Gallery, Guildford. This was an invaluable opportunity which allowed me to work from a
studio space in the beautiful Surrey landscape. I researched colour and performed experimental
studies. My residency was part of the ongoing exhibition of Victorian Orientalist painter John
Frederick Lewis. This was followed by my course with the Prince’s Trust to launch my business.
I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at Westminster media forum for Arts Council England.
I am currently working on Manifesting the unseen project with Solent Showcase Gallery which will
be exhibited later in the year. Alongside this, I am setting up a screen printing studio, to make luxurious
furnishing products for interior spaces in addition to my silk scarves. These will be sold at
craft fairs and trade shows through out the year

COLLECTION

My Transition silk scarves were exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham from March- July
as part of their Rising stars exhibition. These are now available to view and purchase online here and will be part of a Pop up shop in Farnham in the Lion and Lamb Yard from 8th October – 8th November. Contact me for more info.

MENTIONS

Shortlisted Rising Stars of 2020
ArtsThread: BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduates 2019
Farnham Herald, May 2019 Edition
Life in Farnham, May 2019 Edition
SDC International Colour Competition 2019

Exhibitions/shows:

Digital Craft Festival: 27 November – 29 November 2020

Pop up shop at Lion and Lamb Yard, Farnham:

8 Oct – 8 Nov 2020

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham: 7 March – 4 July 2020

Artist Residency at Watts Gallery, Guildford:  Oct- Nov 2019

New Designers, Islington: Stand T52, June 2019

Graduation Show at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham: 6 – 15 June 2019

Awards:

I received a Highly Commended award from the Society of Dyers and Colourists for the International Design Competition 2019.