Nicci James is knitwear designer and developer looking to change the perception of wool through using a method of garment design and manufacture which brings the fibre to the forefront of the process.
"My interests lie at the confluence of tradition and innovation, seeking to regenerate the familiar rather than to replace it. "Wool has become the material I can’t get enough of because it has so much to offer - a natural, completely renewable fibre that has the capability to help regulate your body temperature, AND it can change state? I could wax lyrical about wool all day."
Nicci was invited to develop this work through a residency at the Morphing Matter Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) in spring 2020 alongside leading professor in the programmable materials field, Lining Yao. She has since further extended her research into her design system, sponsored by the Bio Inspired Textiles project led by Professor Veronika Kapsali.
Nicci’s design studio is open for collaborations and consultancy - visit www.niccijames.co.uk for more information.