Object 150 - Niki McDonald [Tapestry Girl]
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Tapestry Girl | Niki McDonald uses the tools and techniques of domesticity for urban sass and sustained self-expression. She has explored all things textiles and has a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a major in Textiles. Her needlepoint tapestries capture urban faces, spaces and attitudes and the stitches make the ephemeral permanent.
Niki says, "I’m inspired by colloquial urban society and drawn to the mechanical nature of my textile arts practice. Within the repetition stitching is a space that allows me to connect with my intuition and inspires me beyond the daily grind. It’s the sass of urban life balanced with the pace of needlepoint tapestry".
The "Amending Traditions" series pays respect to the tradition of needlepoint tapestry, it honours its process and considers its subject matter. Traditional tapestry design kits reflect a modest, idealised and rigid world. The colour by number traditional tapestries are darn bombed by over stitching, they are amended to break customary stereotypes.
Taking the design, off the tapestry grid, and sassing up the traditional subject matter evokes playfulness and encourages authentic self-expression. Self-expression in its many forms is vital to the health of society. If not given license it will passively or aggressively find its own way to be heard.
The tapestries employ sub-culture slang and lyrics from popular songs to prompt the viewer to complete the line and relive a moment in time. By inviting the audience to connect their own experience with that of the subject in the tapestry she hopes to ignite impact.