Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kuopio Academy of Design. Workshops in Finland

So my weeks in Finland were amazing.  Helsinki is a gorgeous city, and of course inspiring. In the minus degree weather I spent my days ducking in and out of coffee roasters, relishing the local traditions of cinnamon buns and salmon soup.... inbetween visits to the Design Museum, 2 floors of Marimmeko and cool little design shops.  I caught the first Helsinki snow, and was amazed at the fact bikes are parked unlocked.  There's obviously no Damos and Darrens in this part of the world.
Kuopio Academy of Design is in central Finland surrounded by lakes and forests.  I was there to deliver some workshops, and gave a 2 hour public lecture (phew!), and put together a exhibition.  I worked with a group of second year fashion and textile students teaching the concepts of Construction Knitting, and applying these techniques for machine knitting processes.  I loved working with these girls.  With minimal direction, they grasped the concept and channeled the work into their own thing.  While some girls were in it for learning and developing technique, others were working the theme into their designs and collections.  Overall a great experience for observing user participation and co-design potential of Construction Knitting.  The Kuopio Design Academy liked this work; so much, that in conjunction with the Finnish Craft Council they are printing Construction No. 3 pattern in the Finnish language. 











Saturday, November 15, 2014

Construction Knitting

If you're wondering why this blog has been so quiet, it's because most of my year has been spent working on a Master's of Design Research project; amalgamating the Construction Knitting method into a theory bound concept....... this is what my Construction Knitting package looks like now.

So, this neat little academic package is also now off to Finland to the Kuopio Academy of Design, as I've been invited to conduct workshops and lectures to the school!  This condensed box of essentially years worth of practice led research is traveling accompanied by wooli kits, patterns and needles for making exercises with the Finnish students.









Saturday, October 11, 2014

Organic Home Knits

The Gather shop has some beautiful new cushions in store; organic cotton, natural botanical dyes,  duck feather inserts.  Handknitted, hand-dyed, this cotton makes a soft, matte surface (almost like suede); Oh My! one can sink all their daydreams into these......



Friday, September 5, 2014

Winter Passages

Braved bad weather to find Natural Hot Spring baths.


We knew they were over there somewhere.....


 



 aahhhhh!!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bangarra Costume Images

Bangarra Dance is now in full tour in Australia and they've posted an album of production images on their facebook page.  There are some amazing images there of the costume segment I created.






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Patyegarang Review

A review in Sydney Morning Herald of Bangarra Dance's Patyegarang performance, where the costume is mentioned as a "....delight, especially the ones with lattice backs and elegant drapery".




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BASICS. TEXTILES & FASHION Book

I am featured in the new edition of this Fashion & Textiles text book for undergrad students, written by Jenny Udale, and published by Bloomsbury Press.  Large A4 size images of inspiration fill the pages...... Page 6 - Comme De Garcons, Page 8 - Dries Van Notten, Page 16 - Schiaparelli, Page 18 - Balenciaga,.............so as you can imagine, I'm quite chuffed to be there also, on Page 24.




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FREE SHIPPING on CONSTRUCTION KNITTING PATTERNS

CONSTRUCTION KNITTING PATTERNS by Nikki Gabriel,  FREE   SHIPPING offer from the Gather ONLINE SHOP to anywhere in the world, for a limited time only.





Monday, July 7, 2014

Gather Online Store

The Gather ONLINE SHOP is brimming with new goodies; pop in and have a look.....



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bangarra Dance Costume

Bangarra Dance Company's performance Patyegarang has kicked off this week at the Sydney Opera House.  This is another wonderful commission from Jennifer Irwin, Costume Designer for Bangarra; who is great to work with as she gives me free reign with the design of the pieces.  I can't wait to see this beautiful performance when I'm in Sydney next week.  




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