Due to the various lockdowns imposed over the past year Nicole turned to her immediate surroundings for inspiration. She observed the structures, patterns, and colours within her home and developed her collection from there. Looking through the windows she saw the outside world change as the seasons passed, however whilst inside time felt stationary. She began to record the natural light: how it fluctuated throughout the day and how it changed as months passed. The tonal blues and pinks she found informed her colour palette and the shadows that were cast pushed her research further.
Working to capture the strong sense of line, space, and depth she recorded within her primary research Nicole developed irregular, asymmetrical knitted swatches. She designed patch-worked pieces that combined a variety of knitted techniques, always conscious of how these pieces could be used to cast shadows. Whilst designing the textiles themselves Nicole was also designing with shadows, planning out the prints and patterns her pieces could cast on surrounding surfaces when the textiles interact with light.
As light and shadow were such key elements in her project it felt natural that Nicole should visualise her fabrics as being used for light fittings. In keeping with the theme of using the materials within her home she utilised second-hand photo frames to construct statement light pieces. From these she then suspended knitted panels made from opaque and transparent yarns, the juxtaposition of which created her ‘decorative shadows’. She imagines them as large scale waterfall chandeliers that can be used within hospitality, retail, and public spaces.