Multimedia Textile Artist Enam Gbewonyo is a 2001 BA Textile Design graduate. Her work merges textile and surface pattern techniques with traditional painting practises. The result – textural works translating ideals of humanity through nature’s tactility.
With her works Enam also endeavours to promote the use of hand crafting practices. Craft is no longer valued, and technology has caused communities craft once sustained to decline. The kinetic energy in the process of making merges and travels with it transmitting to those who come into contact – becoming part of their lived experience. This cyclical energy transference has healing powers that machines interrupted. Enam aims to restore this and revive craft’s status. By using embroidery, knitting, wirework and weaving practices, Enam disparages society’s increasing dependence on technology and consumerism.
The decision to become a practising artist followed a six-year knitwear design career in New York, subsequent redundancy and a spell in education. Seven years on and she has exhibited at the likes of the Bargehouse OXO Tower, New York’s Times Square, LA and Toronto.
Alongside exhibiting, Enam is an emerging curator, she curated the month long WELOVELIKE exhibition for Adam Street Private Members Club. And since co-curated the 2015 African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival as well as an exclusive exhibition for TEDxEuston 2015. In November 2016 she was one of ten emerging curators to be selected for the International Curator’s Forum (ICF) ‘Beyond the Frame’ development programme. The programme seeks to develop art professionals in the BAME community.
In early 2015 Enam also founded the Black British Female Artist (B.B.F.A) Collective in an effort to provide platforms for emerging female artists of the Diaspora to exhibit and build a presence in the art world.