Niki creates quiet contemplative wall quilts, embroideries and fine art prints often using dance net and tulle as her expressive artistic medium, a nod to her former professional practice as a theatrical costume designer. Her pieces are inspired by personal experience; an unexpected fleeting moment that captures her attention embeds in the memory and sustains the imagination over time. Her artworks are concerned with states of transience – the shadow as a notion of time passing and the non-visible made tangible. Since receiving the Medal of Excellence for her City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Studies in 2003 her work has been juried into many prestigious exhibitions in the U.K. and Europe and can be found in the Quilters Guild of the British Isles collection. She is also an exhibiting member of the PRISM group of textile artists.
Niki is a practicing tutor teaching regular classes in drawing, printmaking and patchwork techniques. She is available for talks, workshops and commissions. email@example.com
Pools of Light Shadows dance and flicker across a wallfull of life and energy . . . but fade all too soon. Remembering absent friends. 70 cm x165 cm .
Le Ciel Electrique. And all in a flash night turned to day. Capturing the haunting experience of camping in a pine forest during a violent electric storm. 160 cm x 140 cm
Passing Shadows - Winter. 'Pulvis et umbra sumus' - We are but dust and shadows.' HORACE 23 BC.A passing shadow moves across the ceiling. . . fades and is gone. . . . . a metaphor for this life? (Detail) Lithography Print 80 cm x 57 cm
Dessin de Lumière (detail)
Cambridge Blue (whole quilt) Quilt Drawing No:1/ Sun & Shadow Series - 2009 The first quilt that captures the beauty of an orchids distorted shadow on my kitchen wall.
Sun resist dyed bed sheet, photocopy transfer, Italian quilting, metallic sheers, dance nets, sequins, Japanese cotton. Machine stitched. 125 cm x 90 cm
Halo (whole quilt)
Quilt Drawing No:3/ Sun & Shadow Series - 2012
Intrigue and beauty. An orchid’s shadow on the kitchen wall. A timeline of sunlight passing through.
Photocopy transfer drawing, recycled bed sheets, Angelina, florescent dance nets and sheers, space dyeing, polyester wadding, Vilene. Reverse applique. Machine stitched. 100cm x 135cm