Combining a strong curatorial eye and a fascination with the social world, Nicola Wong builds a tactile narrative breathing life into history’s forgotten souls and modern day misfits.  Blending stylistic cues from antiquity with modern simplicity,  Nicola creates distinct, delicate and refined one – off pieces to adorn the body and the home.

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Artisanal qualities define Nicola’s practice.  Principally made by hand, her work brings together techniques such as weaving, beading, quilting, distressing, collage, print and illustrative work.  A subdued colour palette allows textural and structural elements to come to the fore, revealing the true nature of the cloth.

 

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Beginning with a rigorous period of research and concept development, Nicola’s work is grounded in a strong historical and social context.  Informed by her past experience in community development, Nicola is guided by slow and equitable design principles.  At the heart of her design practice is a deep reverence for the lineage of textile traditions; a theme constantly explored in her work.

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developmental work for New Democracy project