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Nicole’s work features in Issue 2 of our zine, and sit’s along-side lots of other artists depicting work around sex and sexuality. We’ve loved her work for a while, and jumped at the chance to feature a couple of her pieces.

Read below to find out more.



@thatsewnicole

Written by Ellie
February, 2019






Ellie
Thanks for speaking with us! We are really obsessed with your pieces, it was awesome to feature some in Issue 2, it was a perfect fit!

Your work focuses a lot on female empowerment, what led you to start creating work with this in mind?


Nicole
Thank you so much, that aspect is really important to me! I’m the oldest of four sisters and we are really close as friends, so through that I’ve always seen the power of female alliance and unity. As the oldest sister, I often think of what would happen if I had an older- what would she be like, what kind of role model would she be. That “what if-” fuels a lot of my creations.



“As a creative, an artist with no opinion is like using a broken condom, completely pointless.”





Ellie
How did you get into embroidery / sewing onto photos?


Nicole
Honestly I got into it when I saw Maurizio Anzeri’s work. Seeing it was powerful because it cracked open the possibilities for a lot of the work that I do today. I did a lot of embroidery before even seeing that though! I was taught by my grandma as a teen, but those were all traditional embroideries on English smocking. I’d like to bring that back into my work now actually!





Ellie
Some of your pieces feel quite political, how important do you think it is to have an opinion as a creative?


Nicole
It is so important to have an opinion that isn’t forced or else you will remain stagnant for the rest of your life. As a creative, an artist with no opinion is like using a broken condom, completely pointless.


Ellie
What have you learnt producing the work you do?


Nicole
It takes time, it is ongoing and it is hard work. I currently do everything myself and I just became a fulltime freelancer in September 2018 so knowing when to rest and when I create best is something I’m still learning more about. I’m also learning to save money, be fearless and take more risks. I feel like I’m always exercising my entire brain and always meeting new people.


Ellie
Thanks for submitting work to The Peach Diaries. Has the theme of contraception interested you before?


Nicole
Yes! I recently worked on a project where I designed the logo for a movement called “Decolonise Contraception” by Dr Annabel Sowemimo whom I met through contributing to gal-dem magazine. Her work was something I’d never seen before, and because of her project I began to take contraception more seriously for myself and consider it in my art. Would love to do a humorous embroidered series on each contraception type as “personality types”. Perhaps the peach diaries and I could collaborate?

*(Um... yes!)


“I don’t think we should make women feel shameful about their lack of knowledge on contraception especially those in their 20s who didn’t have the upbringing where contraception was openly taught to them. “




Ellie
What are your thoughts on contraception today?


Nicole
Awesome - I use the patch and it has worked so well for me. We have so many options for women now, so who knows what will be developed in the future! Speaking openly and honestly about it to young girls is so important so we don’t encourage ‘shame culture’. I don’t think we should make women feel shameful about their lack of knowledge on contraception especially those in their 20s who didn’t have the upbringing where contraception was openly taught to them. Instead, people should be approachable to all women when discussing the topic, regardless of age - like what your zine project is doing! It’s really inspiring.


Ellie
What is next in the world of Nicole?


Nicole
Doing more workshops this year, selling some custom shirts and selling + posting more original artwork. I’ve also decided to relaunch my zine: Fem Fam zine. Look out more on my website and Instagram!







Thanks for talking to us! 


You can purchase some of Nicole’s pieces through her Etsy account here.
  





ISSUE 02 IS HERE!
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