Nicola finished an MA in fine art in September 2020 and since then has continued to paint in oils using vintage textiles as her focus. Used bedding was her initial interest but she has recently been exploring images from old tea cloths. These items are sometimes bought as inexpensive mementoes from holidays and often end up forgotten at the bottom of a drawer. They can have images, patterns and colours typical of the era in which they were made and tell a story of their previous owner through the marks of wear or simply by being unused.

Nowadays, so many old textiles are recycled or sent to landfill and Nicola’s intention is to show the value and beauty of the obsolete and overlooked. Her aim is to spark memories. Since leaving university Nicola has completed several commissions.

Venue: Victoria Institute, Tarrant Street, Arundel BN18 9RG

Exhibiting: 19th-22nd Aug + Bank Holiday Mon 23rd Aug

Additional dates: Mon 23rd Aug