Artist: Tia Parmar

Fabric samples with flower designs.

BA Textile Design
Birmingham City University

Tia is a textile artist.

Tia’s practice is inspired by the imagery and textures of the natural world. Producing abstract textile pieces, Tia uses screen-printing and embroidery to create different surfaces. Beginning her working process with mark-making, mood boards and mind maps, her work is inspired by personal stories of connections to nature, informing the visual identity created for each piece. Tia’s work explores the visual and textural depth that can be achieved through textile design processes, and used for printed fabrics and embroidered pieces for the fashion market.

An emboidery hoop with a textured piece of different stitches and beads.
A flowery fabric hangs on a white ladder.
Fabric with a pretty leaf design.
Delicate textiles flowers.

In:Site 2022

Tia is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Tia Parmar’s project, State of Joy, was inspired by the campaign led by Joy Fifer to protect Moseley Bog from demolition in the 1980s. Now a flourishing nature reserve accessible to all, Tia’s screen-printing and hand embroidery project invited people to contribute to an artwork to remember and preserve its story, and the unifying acts of local people to nurture and protect this green space for future generations.

a close up of a screen printed fabric decorated with textural embroidery
a close up of a screen printed fabric decorated with textural embroidery

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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