Artist: Nicola Constantina

A woman wears a headpiece.

BA Jewellery Design
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

Nicola is a multidisciplinary artist.

Nicola’s practice focuses on using the materials she works with as a storytelling tool. Creating wearable pieces that have a strong connection to their wearer, embedded within each piece is a wider story that works to raise a deeper awareness of social issues that we encounter in our daily lives. Nicola produces her work from new biomaterials or re-uses existing materials. Her final major project dispelled negative ideas about the beauty and desirability of Black hair, celebrating and elevating Black hair by utilising the hair itself to create a collection of headwear. Nicola’s pieces are designed to facilitate a multisensory experience, carefully considering how the wearer will feel, experience and interact with each piece.

A woman wears a brooch with a QR code design.
A woman wears a brooch.
Woven samples.
A disc shaped headpiece with a silver pin.

In:Site 2022

Nicola is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

For her project, A Piece of You, Nicola Constantina invited the public to create their own hand woven textile piece using recycled materials. Nicola’s work explores ideas of identity, culture and belonging, asking questions about how the way we dress our bodies and hair, and the materials we wear, communicates information about the identities and communities we connect to.

A pair of hands weaves strips of recycled fabric into a small table-top loom. Various fabrics visible on the table.

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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