Mixed media textiles: Drawing, collage, sublimation print, digital, hand & machine embroidery on grey poly-cotton fabric. Size: 140 X 100 cm. 2016
Nikkita : "I am a Political Textile Artist. FeirsteBéal is a piece from my ‘Conflicting Textiles’ collection, that focuses on ‘the current state’ of the North of Ireland’s religious and political troubling environment: whilst combining, linking and referencing historic Irish conflict issues within a contemporary context. I have made a collection of political textile wall hangings, using grey poly-cotton fabric as my base material. This material evokes memories and symbolizes banners/flags, annual parades and commemoration, whilst using a range of processes and techniques to communicate complex visual narratives regarding Ireland’s cultural landscape (drawing, collage, sublimation printing, digital, hand & machine embroidery). The imagery I have used are places, spaces and territories that relate to my concept, such as the Europa Hotel (the most bombed hotel in Europe) and to my hometown and county which is prominently a Catholic/Nationalist area, whilst collaging imagery of figures from riots since 2010. I also write the place names in Irish to distinguish my viewpoint."