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About –

Nicci James is a Fashion Knitwear Masters student about to begin their final year at the Royal College of Art. Nicci’s work is heavily concerned with the human need for touch and especially inspired by the conversation hands have with their tools during the act of making. Nicci works almost exclusively with Merino Wool, a fibre which she finds to be incredibly versatile and who’s intrinsic properties have become a huge influence within their practise. Nicci’s most recent experiments in creating tactile marks and the sense of gesture within design were showcased at Pitti Filati, Florence alongside their sponsor, spinner Zegna Barufa June 2019.

Nicci draws on her progressive approach to design in the mentoring of her students. An adept problem solver, Nicci cultivates individual creativity and encourages expression within the classroom, raising questions and finding solutions as to how fashion and studying the body influences our perceptions of the world.



MA Fashion Knitwear: Royal College of Art, London 2018-2020

BA Fashion 1st Class Hons: Manchester School of Art: 2014



Sustainable Fashion Workshop Leader and Sewing Instructor at Little Hands Design 2018- Present

Life Drawing Tutor for Figuration, 2018- Present – available for tuition.

Artist Educator and Workshop Leader at Bow Arts, 2018- Present

Artist in Residence – Heathfield School 2016- 2018

Knitwear Design & Development Assistant, Unmade 2015-2016


Exhibitions & Awards-

BioDesignNOW! London Design Festival, London. September 2019

Synbitech Synthetic Biology Conference, London. June 2019

Feel The Yarn Showcase in partnership with spinner Zegna Baruffa. Pitti Filati, Florence. June 2019

Finalist Shima Seiki National Student Competition. April 2019

W.I.P Show: Royal College of Art, London. January 2019

The Neoprotofeminist Show, Shoreditch, London.  June 2018

Es Tu Arte Brut? Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York. January 2018

Nasty Women, Stour Space, London. September 2017

On Otherness Live Art Development Agency, Dublin. September 2017

Digital Coalition Award- Decoded Fashion. Unmade X Christopher Raeburn Collaboration. 2016

Gold Prize, Phoenix World Cup International Design Grand Prix, Ningbo, China. 2014