Object 150 - Niki McDonald [Tapestry Girl]
Have a unique object created for you for $150 and support a local maker
Makers and designers are doing it tough with their usual marketplaces in galleries, shops and markets cancelled and closed during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The ADC team are working passionately to implement opportunities for our designers to recover creatively and financially, and reach out to their audiences. Help us help our makers!
Object 150 is where craft and design lovers pay $150 to have a work created exclusively for you by one of our makers. The work will be an original, unique, handmade object created during Covid-19 by the maker for you.
Total cost of the work is $150 plus GST and postage, as required. No postage charge for pick up. No commission goes to ADC on this project. We are passing 100% of the sale to the maker.
Delivery time is 4 weeks from order placement. We will advise you once the item is ready for shipping by Australia Post, or pickup by appointment from Australian Design Centre.
Past makers include: Mel Young | Rina Bernabei | Milly Dent | Nicole Robins | Sylvia Riley | Vanessa Ion | Jude Love | Felix Gill | Katherine Mahoney | Marika Svikis | Hayden Youlley | TRADE the MARK | Zara Collins | Emily Copp | Herbert & Friends |
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.