Past // Present // Future


Nicci James

London, UK

Nicci James is an artist and designer originally from Liverpool in the north of the UK. She is intensely curious about materials and how we can to allow them to intrigue us with all of their truths.

Nicci is currently pursuing her affinity for fabric innovation, undertaking a Masters in Fashion Knitwear at the Royal College of Art. Supported by spinners UPW and Zegna Baruffa, Nicci is working on projects that combine artistry and tactility.


Bio Inspired Textiles: Maker Collaboration – November 2021
University of the Creative Arts, London

Bow Open 2021 : Selected by Gal Dem – October to December 2021
The Nunnery, London

Artist Residency – Spring 2021
Gallery Neuf Neuf, London


Research Residency – Morphing Matter Lab
Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, USA.
Collaborative research residency to explore shape changing biosynthetic fibres and responsive knit structures.


BioDesign HERE NOW 
London Design Festival

Pitti Filati Spinner Showcase – Zegna Baruffa
Florence, Italy  

SynbioBeta, Synthetic Biology Conference


NeoProtoFeminist Exhibition

Nasty Women

Es Tu Arte Brut?
Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York 

2016 – 2018

Fashion Designer in Residence
Heathfield School, Ascot.

Feel the Yarn Competition Finalist
Florence, Italy, 2019

Shima Seiki Student Programming Competition
Highly Commended Finalist – 2019

Phoenix World Cup, International Design Grand Prix 
Gold Prize Winner
Ningbo, China 2014
Overall winner competing with world class colleges from around the world for BA Graduate Collection prize.



Hajinsky Magazine

The Skinny 

Fuuucking Young 

Drapers Magazine

Kaltblut Magazine

Cake Mag

F word 





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Design Consultancy
Artist Commissions
Teaching Services