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: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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