Nicole studied ‘Textile for Fashion and Interiors’ at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, specialising in screen printing. Since graduating Nicole now works part time at UCA as a Learning Support Assistant working alongside a Fine Art student.
Nicole is in her second year as Textile Artist in Residence at UCA where she has great access to studio facilities and mentors the textile students. September 2014 UCA awarded Nicole with a funding opportunity to study on the PGCE course in Creative Education.
Alongside the creative work at UCA, Nicole started her own business teaching textile workshops to both adults and children in print, knit, dyeing and stitch, popping up in all sorts of locations and teaching to a variety of people. Working for galleries, schools, private parties, festivals and community arts projects.
Nicole’s Q & A
What do you like?
Community and collaboration.
What don’t you like?
Scrap Store in Tooting is closed on the weekends!
If you could have any artwork in your house, what would it be?
Our flat is jam packed with all sorts of equipment, it’s like a Mary Poppins bag!
I have always been attracted to wooden cable reels (I already have a few small reels) if we had the room for a dining room table it would be a giant wooden reel.
I would also want everything to be knitted… I am obsessed with knitting!
Whats your advise for young artists?
In my final year of University I was asked to be an apprentice on a community arts project. I had to visit a local community in Surrey and run workshops in knitting. This was my first experience of teaching and collaborating with others, the end result was to weave a giant car park! Since that project I have been finding out what other communities get up to, volunteering and getting involved with art projects.
I grew up in Kingston so I wanted to know what my local community were up to, I volunteered with Age concern and helped out in the art department there and The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park helping adults with learning disabilities.
There is always something happening in your area, find out what it is and get involved!
Nicole’s Work for Children’s At School
Easter Holiday Course 2015