Aurora Pettinari York is a London based textile artist. A Goldsmiths Theatre Arts graduate with a background in Classics, she trained in historical hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, having been awarded a scholarship from QEST.
Aurora's technique has developed from her exploration of XVII century English raised embroidery. She is fascinated by the representation of the human figure in Classical and Archaic iconography. Greco-Roman mythology lends an element of narrative to her work, providing endless archetypes to follow and subvert. In spite of her Classical references and use of traditional techniques, her approach to embroidery is intuitive rather than academic and her aesthetics contemporary. Working with a variety of stitches and padding materials to achieve a sculptural effect, she creates relief panels in very limited editions and unique pieces.
Still in the early stage of her career, Aurora has exhibited her work internationally, including group shows at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at MUDEC in Milan. Collaborations she has been involved in span the fields of architecture, interiors and fashion. Her work has been featured in British and Italian Vogue and is held in private collections in Europe.