Information About Nikkita - Castlewellan teacher
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I am an Irish textile artist based in Edinburgh, who has been working as a freelancer since 2015. I predominantly work in my studio using a diverse range of art, design & craft methods, primarily creating artworks for exhibitions nationally. With a Master’s and BA (Hon’s) degree in textiles I am highly qualified in a wide range of artistic mediums including textiles, drawing, painting and printmaking.
My main areas of expertise include: textiles, art, design & craft approaches, mixed media work, 2D/3D designing & constructing, screen/mono-printing, lino-printing, hand & machine embroidery and digital drawing & use of Illustrator and Photoshop to create design/illustrative work.
Alongside my artistic practice, I have worked with different organisations to collectively and independently teach embroidery workshops for school and college students aged 7+, vulnerable adults, community and outreach groups including the University of Edinburgh, Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, George Watsons College, Artsland and the Art+International Art Education Center.
Currently I am the Research Assistant for the Director of Textiles at the University of Edinburgh, where we are developing the Needlework Development Scheme ‘NDS’ collection as part of an outreach heritage project ‘touching stitches’. Part of my role involves teaching embroidery workshops for disadvantaged groups including the Scottish Prison Service in Edinburgh and Cornton Vale. I have also led embroidered workshops throughout our Touching Stitches exhibition at the University of Edinburgh for the students and the general public. For these sessions, I taught the students various hand-embroidered techniques, aiming towards them creating their own stitched ‘bird’ design that was inspired by the NDS collection.
Since 2018 I have been working with the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach in touring around Norfolk to give artist talks and taught embroidery workshops to school and college students from deprived backgrounds, helping to promote higher education as part of the NEACO project.
In 2018 I was the workshop assistant for the 100 Years Womens Votes banner-making project that was commissioned by Artichoke. For this project we worked with the SPS Cornton Vale Prisoners and student & staff members at the University of Edinburgh, teaching the participants a range of hand embroidered techniques with the final outcome being a collectively constructed embroidered banner.
In 2017 I was invited by Alrowwad to run a 2-week textile art community project at the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. For this project, I taught a series of embroidery workshops to groups of non-English speaking children, teenagers and women on how to express their personal stories through needlework. The participants all learnt new hand embroidered styles and stitches through to how to use these techniques to create a visual embroidered story onto fabric.
I teach a wide range of artistic skills to a range of people from all different backgrounds and technically abilities.
I provide a positive and friendly approach to my teaching, ensuring the students have learned new skills, have reached their full potential and have achieved their personal outcomes from the class/course.
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- Norwich University of the Arts (2014) - Pass in Textile Design (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Wales: Coleg Sir Gar (2013) - 2.1 in Textile, Art, Design & Craft (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Southern Regional College Newry (2010) - Distinction Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (College) (✘ Not On File)