This exhibition by Nicci Rossel, Repair and Renewal, explores both the idea of internal psychic repair experienced by the stitcher and the renewal of the discarded/ forgotten or lost cloth/threads that is the basis of the works. In this process Nicci often uses reclaimed/found cloth through old clothing, sheets, tablecloths etc and threads which are often given to her. Nicci has a preference to working with old linens and threads working in a spontaneous flow of stitches. Nicci has been experimenting with rust dye, eco dying with plant materials and a small amount of commercial dye, incorporating the marks of time on the cloth with some form of colour and then stitches.
Nicci’s thoughts on her work include:“For me using old/forgotten cloth and threads creates another level in my stitching as I work with items that have held importance to someone at some point in time. It provides me with a space in which to return to me, gather the threads of my own being. When stitching I am not necessarily thinking, yet (unconsciously) I find internal paths that I meander along while gathering the threads of myself and reworking what needs to be repaired. My work is often unplanned, and I will find direction as I progress and follow these paths.”