About and CV

Niki McDonald

Urban faces, spaces and attitudes made permanent in wool. The sass of urban life balanced with the pace of needlepoint tapestry.

I’m saying that our urban environment empowers the women who embrace the colours, reflections, lights and brights.

I’m inspired by the ephemeral and drawn to the mechanical nature of my textile arts practice. Within the repetition and toiling is a space that allows me to connect with my intuition and inspires me beyond the daily grind.

The repetition of stitches echoes the pixels of digital work and the spray-paint used on the streets. I complement the stitches with photos I have taken and printed onto fabric, it offers texture, relevance and contrast.

Ironically street art is fast, contemporary and masculine. Tapestry is slow, traditional and feminine.

  • Education

Bachelor of Creative Arts – Textiles Major – Wollongong University, Diploma of Education – Southern Cross University

  •        Prizes

2014 – July – The Waverley Art Prize – Winner of Mixed Media

2013 – March – International Women’s Day Art Prize, “First Place”, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst

2012 – October – 565 Gallery- “Highly Commended” – Sydney

2012 – July – Waverley Art Prize – “Mixed Media, Highly Commended” – Bondi

2011 – July – Warringah Art Prize – “Artfocus Gallery and Studio Honourable Mention” – Dee Why

2011 – July – Waverley Art Prize – “Mayor’s Prize, Highly Commended” – Bondi

2009 – July – Waverley Art Prize – “First Place- Mixed Media” – Bondi

  •        Finalist

2016 – May -Chippendale New World Art Prize, Chippendale, NSW

2014 – July – The Warringah Art Prize – Brookvale, NSW

2014 – June – The Waverley Art Prize – Bondi, NSW

2014-  Feb- Stanthorpe Art Festival – Stanthorpe Gallery, QLD

2013 – Glebe Art Prize – Glebe, NSW

2013 – Waverley Art Prize – Bondi – NSW

2013 – April/June – Wangaratta Contemporary Textiles Prize

2012 – Sept – Vertical Canvas – 565 Gallery, Sydney

2012 – Sept – Glebe Art Prize – Glebe

2012 – Sept – Marrickville Art Prize –‘The Best of the Rest’ – ESP Gallery

2012 – July – Warringah Art Prize – Dee Why NSW – 1 Tapestry

2012 – June – Mount Eyre Art Prize – Paddington NSW – 1 Tapestry

2012 – February – Stanthorpe Art Festival – QLD – 3 Tapestries

2010 – July – Waverley Art Prize – Bondi NSW – 1 tapestry

2010 – February – Stanthorpe Art Festival – QLD 1 Tapestry

  • Exhibitions – Solo and Group

 

2017 – October –  Sydney Craft Week, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW

2017- September – Seed Stitch Collective,  Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2017 – July – Diversarty, Cromer, NSW

2017- May – KPC Yarn Pop-up, Thread + Colour 2, Paddington, NSW

2016 – November – Seed Stitch Collective – Barometer Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2016 – June – Urban Highway – Solo exhibition – Gallery One88, Katoomba, NSW

2015 – December – Urban Road Trip – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW

2015 – November – The Kangaroo Visit Rome, group exhibition, Rome, Italy

2015 – October – Club Marconi group exhibition, Blacktown, NSW

2015 – October – Fibre Art Fare, Marrickville, NSW

2015 – September – “Poptastic”, group exhibition and talk at Platform 72, Chippendale, NSW

2015 – September – November, ”Candle in the Wind”, group exhibition, 565 Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2015 – August, ”Slick City Chicks”, group show, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW

2015 – March – Solo Exhibition, ”The Light I See in You”, Platform 72, Chippendale, NSW

2015 February – Art For Small Places – Platform 72 – Chippendale

2015 January – Dangar Island Cafe – Solo Exhibition

2014 December – February – Concrete Jungle – Group Exhibition – Sydney Children’s Hospital

2014 October – Art in the Park – Rose Bay

2014 September – Sydney Fringe Festival Paddington Art Market – Paddington 

2014 July – Bondi Winter Magic Art Festival – Bondi Beach

2014 – July – Artfuly Gallery Group Exhibition, Ziggy’s Art, Wine and Cheese Bar, Chippendale

2014 – May – ‘Mumapolooza’ – TAP Gallery – Darlinghurst

2014 – April – ‘Art for Small Places’ – Platform 72 – Chippendale and Darlinghurst

2014 – April – ‘Here, There and Now’ –  Ziggy’s Gallery – Chippendale

2013 – December – ESP Gallery – The Christmas Cracker Group Show – Marrickville

2013- October – The Newtown Hub Gallery –BCA  Reunion Exhibition

2013 – September – The Sydney Fringe Festival – Leichardt

2013 – June – ESP – Group Exhibition – Marrickville

2013 – Assorted Group Exhibitions – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, ESP Gallery Marrickville, Platform 72, Darlinghurst, The Newtown Hub Gallery, Newtown

2013 – Jan – ‘Freedom for Human Rights’ – Group exhibition – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst

2012-13 – Jan to current – Platform 72 – Art Gallery, Darlinghurst

2012 – Sept – ‘Off the Wall’ – I Heart Gallery – St Peters, Sydney

2012 – Sept – Fringe Arts at the Forum, Leichardt, Sydney

2012 – Sept – ‘Google Exhibition’ – Seymour Centre, Sydney

2012 – April – Sept – Tap Gallery, Various Group Shows, Darlinghurst

2012 – May – Pyrmont Art Prize – Pyrmont, NSW – 2 Artworks

2012 – April – Tap Gallery, Group show, “Real Refuse”, East Sydney – 1 Tapestry

2012 – April – 565 Gallery, group show, “City Slickers”, Sydney RSL – 5 Tapestries

2012 – March – Global Gallery, Solo Exhibition – Paddington, NSW – 20 Tapestries

2012 – March – Tap Gallery, Group Show – Darlinghurst, NSW, 1 Tapestry

2012 – February –ESP Gallery, Group Show – “Love and Death” – Marrickville – 2 Tapestries

2011 – November – The Hardware Gallery- ‘Urban Blend” – Enmore – 23 Tapestries

2011 – September – Glebe Art Show, Glebe – 1 Tapestry

2011 – September – Hardware Gallery – “Google Show” – Enmore – 2 Tapestries

2011 – August – Warringah Council Chamber’s Art Prize exhibition – 1 Tapestry

2011 – June – Hardware Gallery – Group Show- “Vinyl” – Enmore – 1 Tapestry

2010 – November – Claremont College Art Exhibition, Coogee – 4 Tapestries

2010 – Sept/Oct – Hardware Gallery – group exhibition – “Flight” – Enmore – 2 Tapestries

2010 – August – World Bar – group exhibition- “40%wool 60%acrylic”- Kings Cross – 2 Tapestries

2010 – August – Tempe Public Art Show, Tempe – 3 tapestries

2010 – June – Berkelouw Bookshop Cafe Gallery – Solo Exhibition – Newtown- 12 tapestries

2009 – August – October – High Valley Gallery – Mudgee – 37 tapestries and prints

2009 – Jan – Urban Uprising Gallery – “New world revolution” – Darlinghurst – 8 tapestries

  •         Editorials

2017 – Needle Point For Fun Website Interview

http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/tapestry-girl-makes-art-from-needle-and-thread.htm

2017 – Chilly Hollow Needle Point Adventure

https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/more-about-niki-mcdonald-tapestry-girl.html

2017 Paisley World Blog

http://mypaisleyworld.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/edgy-urban-needlepoint-by-tapestry-girl.html

2017 – Textile Curator interview 

http://www.textilecurator.com/home-default/home-2-2/niki-mcdonald/

2016 – KPC Yarn Blog

http://www.knitpurlcrochet.com/post/151641297894/talking-textiles-niki-mcdonald

2016 – Chilly Hollow Needle Point Adventure

https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/introducing-tapestry-girl.html

2016 – Drown Dogs Blog

http://drowningdogs.com/niki-mcdonald-aka-tapestry-girl/

2014 – July – ‘The Wentworth Courier’, issue # July 9th, page 25

2012 – March – “The Wentworth Courier” issue # March 21st, page 40

2012 – March – “Beast” magazine Issue #86, page 94

2011 – November – “International Contemporary Artists Vol 3”, page 166 Published Book

2011 – August – “Cafe Society” magazine Issue 74 – Front page and PP 22 and 23

2011 – May –“Textile Fibre Forum” – Magazine no.102 – Front, back page images and article

2009 – September – “Textile Fibre Forum” magazine no.95 – half page editorial

2009 – August – “Mudgee Guardian” – Newspaper – Half page article and image


Comments
  1. Rone says:

    I think we should talk

  2. Your designs are fantastic!

    I notice you use the word ‘tapestry’ – do you mean woven tapestry, or needlepoint on canvas?

    Michelle 🙂

  3. marion says:

    Hi Niki.
    love your work, and read Textile forum article with great interest. I was amazed at the finesse of your work, as it says in the article that it is a woven tapestry technique. However in your blogg you suggest you are using needlepoint. Can you pease clarify for me, because as a woven tapestry artist I would be very interested to learn more of your technique
    regards
    Marion

    • nikimcdonald says:

      Hi Marian, thanks for your generous comments and I am so happy that you have the Textile Fibre Forum magazine, it’s an absolute once in a life time treat for me to have the front cover of a magazine I love so much. I am sorry to mislead you in the text about it being woven tapestry, I didn’t actually mean it to say that, a bit of confusion somewhere along the way. I have done woven tapestry while I was doing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and majoring in Textiles but the needle point tapestry actually seems to suit the subject matter a lot better and I really enjoy it more too. I have always called what I do Tapestry and the designs on cloth, needle point but there seems to be different names called for different styles of tapestry. I think the woven one is the most technically skilled and am in awe of some of the work people produce using that technique.

  4. Marlysse Med says:

    Hello, My name’s Marlysse, and i’ve launched an online Gallery/Boutique called ” FairArtisan”. I came across your interesting works on FB and was wondering if you’d like to talk about being represented by us.

    Cheers,

  5. dorothé swinkels says:

    can you, tapestry girl, please get in touch with me. I am interested in doing an article in our textile magazine: http://www.textielplus.nl
    thank you
    dorothé swinkels

  6. emily says:

    i love all your tapestries I wish you sold the prints so i could make them too 🙂

    • nikimcdonald says:

      Thanks Emily, I’m so happy that u like my tapestries. I don’t sell kits cause I sort of make them up as I go. I bit like painting with wool. I can send you a photo of one and you can copy it to some tapestry canvas if you like. x

  7. emily says:

    they are amazing! you are very talented. I will keep that in mind. I am currently working on a few pieces so I should probably finish those first. Then I can give yours a go. I will be in touch 🙂

  8. Zinovia Mitakakis says:

    Hi Niki,

    I love your work and would love to chat to you about an event I’m organising in March 2014. Please send me an email so that I can give you more details.

    Zinovia
    Hi Zinovia
    Thank you for your lovely appraisal of my work. My email address nikimcd@bigpond.net.au
    I am looking forward to hearing the details of your event. With thanks

  9. Catherine says:

    Dear Niki,

    I would be thrilled if you would consider exhibiting at this year’s Balmain Art & Craft Show 11 -13 November.
    You can contact me via our email: balmainart@gmail.com

    Kind regards,

    Catherine Timbrell

  10. Maria Eugenia Galvao says:

    I would like to buy a tapestry from you! I leave in Brazil but as i go often to new york it could be shipped to there!
    Where can i see prices and the pieces currently available?
    Thank you!
    Maria Eugenia

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