Q + A: Niki McDonald

TEXTILE ARTIST NIKI McDONALD USES THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF DOMESTICITY FOR URBAN SASS AND SUSTAINED SELF-EXPRESSION.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the ephemeral and drawn to the mechanical nature of my textile arts practice. Within the repetition and toiling is a space that allows me to connect with my intu- ition and inspires me beyond the daily grind.

Where do you work?

I sew as I go! Because I enjoy an art medium that is clean, portable, and sociable, I can sew on trains, planes and automobiles. I roll up my tapestry canvas, pack my wool, needle and scissors in my tapestry girl bag and find beautiful places to sew all day.

What’s your process?

I start by taking photos of our vibrant and ephemeral urban landscapes and use them as inspiration to spray-paint the tapestry canvas- es. I then hand paint women’s faces over the urban-inspired backgrounds. I am drawn to colour, ply and texture and seek wool that will best represent my intention.

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