The Blog

Documenting my creative endeavours, adventures and honourable mentions

Block Universe

Block Universe is an annual festival that brings together a new wave of cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. In the third edition of this week long festival, I assisted in the production of artist pieces in...

Commission O’Clock

>> see more illustrations here << Following the success of my Christmas and Valentines cards, I was honoured to be asked to undertake some commissions of Pet Portraits. I am particularly pleased with these two drawings of Milo and Otis. Having not worked...

Land Girl

7:30am in Bradford. The allotment is quiet. The world is still waking up. Charlotte is too – wrapping herself in slightly startling knitwear against the crisp morning dew. Thrilled to have had my collection featured in Georgia Robert’s final major project...

A Circus in Progress: Heathfield School

I wanted to share with you a sneak preview of what I am currently up to… I am in the process of producing a fantastical emporium of creative talent at Heathfield School in the form of a Showcase, disguised as a Circus. Part of this extravaganza is a fashion...

A Grand Opening

Nicci James Creative is now officially open for business! I am delighted to announce… After the great success of my christmas cards and commissioned, I am thrilled to have my latest pun filled offering for sale over on Etsy. Not a star crossed lover? Never fear....

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays! Part and parcel of my position at school is a table at the christmas fair to sell my own work. Given that there really was no time to put a whole collection into production(!) I decided to play to my strengths and make some christmas cards and leather...

Back to School… !

The winds of change are blowing very strongly at the moment. I am pleased to share that after an amazing 18 months working with the company of my dreams, I am striking out on my own to explore new creative endeavours. This was a very difficult decision. Now after half...

Victoria Hordern: Lookbook

Victoria Hordern is a recent graduate from the Kingston MA in London as well as a great friend of mine. We studied BA together, so it has been a real pleasure to watch her masters come together over the last 2 years! I was fortunate enough to be asked to shoot the...

As I Move Freely

So my last collection has been out on loan again for a shoot inspired by “Club Kids”. This shoot shows my pieces in a completely new light which is so refreshing as they are so familiar to me!  I adore the playful yet angsty feel; the vivid colours...

All we do is win…!

Last week, Unmade won the Fashion Futures Digital Coalition of the Year award from the British Fashion Council / Decoded Fashion for the SS16 collaboration with Christopher Raeburn. This is a phenomenal achievement not to mention the second year running that Unmade...

“Meet Nicci”

This month I have been featured in the journal of a certain knitwear company that I may have mentioned several times…! As one of Unmade‘s first ever employees, it was really nice to be asked to do the very first “meet the team” post.  Initially...

A Collection on Tour: DONT WALK 2016

DONT WALK is one of the largest student-led enterprises in the UK. Set up by the students of St Andrews University, Scotland in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks, it has since raised over £220,000 for charities that combat forms of structural inequality. DONT WALK...

Bright New Things: Unmade at Selfridges

Selfridges have been supporting design talent in various ways over the last few years. There have been “Bright Young Things” and “Bright Old Things” and now for 2016 there are 9 Bright NEW Things of which UNMADE is one. Following the close of...

Introducing UNMADE

News on the grapevine is that there is some sort of sock brand from Korea called Cnyttan who, unsurprisingly, knit socks. Following this discovery and the rather unfortunate legal implications that led to hours of deliberation amongst the founders… decisions...

SARAWAK : Knyttan X Raeburn, Womenswear SS16

Debuting as a venue for London Fashion Week, Brewer Street Carpark played host to Knyttan‘s second catwalk appearance this week following a second collaboration with Christopher Raeburn. “A spirit of adventure, freedom and the discovery of new horizons lie...

On the Catwalk LC:M Christopher Raeburn SS16

Last weekend, Knyttan’s first ever fashion collaboration was shown at The Old Sorting Office near Holborn. We “co-created” a selection of jumpers, of which 2 were presented on the catwalk for the Christopher Raeburn‘s SS16 show (part of London...

“Gods & Monsters” // Northern Pride

If you are a free magazine hoarder in the North West (like I used to be!) then you may have already seen that I am featured in the May edition of The Skinny. It was a pleasure to be interviewed Leonie Wolters from The Skinny and really great to see my work in print...

HOMECOMING

As you may have noticed from the silly photos I have been posting up on Instagram, my collection has returned from its adventures in China! It is strange for it to arrive home almost exactly a week before this years graduates present at Graduate Fashion Week....

Sprouting at Knyttan

The world works in mysterious ways. I have been working as a full time employee within the amazing Knyttan team for some time now. This has been a very unexpected development and at the minute I am thoroughly enjoying it! Knyttan were recently featured in the...

“Fashion Designer who’s in Good Nic”

Having been somewhat on hiatus for a few weeks, I return with a progress report and a newspaper feature! The past few weeks I have been interning with Knyttan – the knitwear company I blogged about in November. Stranger things have happened I am sure. I applied...

Bobby Dazzler

Another week, another editorial shoot to share with you and possibly the last one for some time given that my collection is in China at the moment. But, it’s been said that “anything could happen in the next half hour” particularly with the influx of...

Suits on Girls on Film : Cake Mag

What better way to start off 2015 than with an editorial foray into womenswear? Lucie Crewdson has shot my collection in many guises throughout 2014, giving my clothes a different life in each shoot.  Lucie and Sophie Benson (stylist) are a real dream team, they work...

Drapers Magazine

Way back in in May, just before my collection hit the Catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week, I was told by a friend that they had seen my work featured in Drapers. After much sleuthing, I have managed to track down and get a copy of said magazine… This is the May...

Harris Tweed: Nicci James vs Vivienne Westwood

I was recently in London, casually window shopping on Conduit Street as you do, when one window in particular caused me to do a double take. I recognised the fabric of one of the coats in the window as the exact same given to me by Harris Tweed for my graduate...

August&Us

I have been working on a project with an artist friend of mine Sarah Hodgkiss (a.k.a – artsy doodling) for Manchester based band August&Us. We made some trousers for the lead singer Simeon, based around their song FUN. The lyrics are so uplifting they...

KNYTTAN

Spending a weekend in London for my birthday, I managed to sneak in a visit to KNYTTAN‘s Factory of the Future in the New Wing of Somerset House. Founded by Ben Alun-Jones, Hal Watts and Kirsty Emery, Knyttan is taking knitwear back to its roots: creating...

in PRINT!

My collection was chosen to feature in the Graduate Fashion Special of London Based Disorder Magazine (Issue #2). I was thrilled to be chosen to feature alongside some of the UK’s fantastic up and coming graduate designers from across menswear, womenswear and...

Art School News

Got a little bit of coverage from my university Manchester School of Art today about my winning of the Gold prize in the Phoenix Village Cup in China. Not to be overlooked is the truly beautiful photograph taken back in May when I was super tired and didn’t have...

The Kolum: Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

It’s all happening! I can finally show you the result of a really fun shoot I was invited to with a brand new magazine on the (London) block: THE KOLUM. This was shot as the sun went down just outside Westfield in London. The photographer was a joy to work with...

Winning Gold!!

So I am back in the UK after a fantastic whirlwind trip to China with some very exciting news. This time exactly one week ago in China, my collection was showcased on the catwalk alongside 25 other amazing young designers from across the world for the ‘Pheonix Village...

Off to China…!

I am flying out to China today with my entire collection to compete in the “Phoenix Village Cup Fashion Design Grand Prix”, an international design competition being held in Ningbo. Naturally, I have a giant, bright orange case overflowing with...