I have worked with fabric and thread since I can remember. Mum sewed. My grannies made lace, knitted and crocheted. I embroidered. I inherited a delight in the meditation of making and the malleability of woven and spun materials.
Following a year's foundation study in Art & Design, I chose to specialise in fashion and textiles, completing a BA (Hons) in London and enjoying this career for many years in Europe and Asia. I honour this experience in the fashion illustrations I make using precious fabric offcuts and mixed media works that utilise pattern paper and thread "knips".
More recently I have been exploring image and form using denim. It is a textile that is honest, hardworking and worn globally across all societies and nations. Many people establish a relationship with their "favourite jeans" and I love the idea that this quality is woven into my work. Using previously loved denim clothing, I fashion portraits and landscapes with the many tones of this universal fabric, often adding textural hand stitchwork.
I use my own photographs as the basis for these works and enjoy playing with positive/negative images, translating digital captures into tangible analogue form.
I stitch my art on the same trusted machine I have been using for 30 years.
-Nicki Friedlein, the artist behind Knip.