Nicki Friedlein

Nicki Friedlein

I have worked with fabric and thread since I can remember. My mother sewed. My grannies made lace, knitted and crocheted. I embroidered. I inherited a delight in the meditation of making and the flexibility of woven and spun materials. Following a year's foundation study in fine art & design, I chose to specialise in fashion and textiles, completing a BA (Hons) at Kingston University in London. I enjoyed this creative career for many years, in both Europe and Asia.

My artwork has evolved from this experience. I fashion portraits and landscapes from previously loved denim clothing. Denim is a textile that is hardworking and worn globally across all societies and nations. I use my own photographs as the basis for the works and enjoy playing with positive/negative images, translating digital captures into tangible analogue form. My abstract works are created utilising "knips"; thread offcuts that are faithfully kept from any sewing and embroidery work, and connect one piece to the next. I have recently been exploring the use of thread in sculptural forms.

I stitch my art by hand and on the same trusted sewing machine I have been using since I was 18 years old.

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