Welcome to the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge, where we showcase people whose embroidered creativity is fresh and new!
Nicki is Utopian Fallopian, a non-binary textile artist from Glasgow who transforms vulvas into a multitude of possibilities.
Using a single subject matter, Nicki has produced numerous vulvic versions exploring themes and techniques to produce a body of work that is magnificent. The individual pieces are a celebration of femininity and bursting with joy, but when you explore their portfolio – their Instagram is a great way to see it – you really can appreciate their eclectic creativity.
While the vulva remains a sensitive topic for many, Nicki’s work is a celebration and cannot fail to cause a joyful response. Many of their pieces respond to the cultural and personal contentions that remain a part of the common experience, but there remains a playful wonderment to the work. This acts as a great counterbalance to the feelings that images of vulvas can evoke. Nicki’s anatomical pieces are something to be proud of, to share with other people; it’s a clitoral revolution!
How did your technique evolve?
My technique is a combination of experimenting with various craft techniques over time. I love incorporating 3D elements into textile work, and am always learning about and trying new skills. It really is just an amalgamation of things I enjoy doing!
Where is your creativity taking you?
I am really excited by where I feel my artwork is going. I’m starting to create diptychs, and have plans for triptychs or other collections made of multiple pieces. I am also hoping to exhibit this year, so I’m looking forward to other people experiencing my artwork in physical space.
What other artists inspire you?
I am constantly inspired by other artists I follow on the internet. Some of my favourites on Instagram are: @naughty__knots, @marciabennettmaletextile, @archcurate, @agytextileartist, @cmmnctn.brkdwn, @simoneelizabethtextiles, @mattsmithart, @ash_badwoods and @joseph_morgan_ceramics, to name only a handful! Social media is both a blessing and a curse as an artist, but I love that I can find creators from all over the world and all walks of life, and see the glorious things they make!
What is your favourite tool to use in your practise?
Honestly, my favourite tool is my needle! Embroidery, and textiles in general, is a super flexible and durable medium where you can achieve so much with very little equipment.
Can you share one creative tip with our readers?
My creative tip would be to do something creative, even if you are feeling stuck. Sometimes I struggle to find the motivation for sewing, but doing something else I enjoy (like drawing, or planning my next D&D session) gives my brain a chance to get back in the mood with less pressure.
You can enjoy Nicki’s work at their website, where you can commission your own sculptures, and support them on Patreon.