Niki McDonald is most commonly known for her contemporary tapestries but her practice also incorporates painting. Niki uses the tools and techniques of domesticity for urban cheek and sustained self-expression. She has explored all things textiles and has a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a major in Textiles.
‘Amending Traditions’ is a body of work that pays respect to the tradition of needlepoint tapestry honouring its process and giving consideration to its subject matter. Art reflects society and in the 19th Century tapestry affirmed rigidity and modesty. The role of the amended tapestry is to break the customary stereotypes by sassing up the traditional subject matter.
Traditional tapestries are stitched and darned with contemporary urban themes and incorporating humour to reflect contrast. Niki employs sub-culture slang and lyrics from popular songs to prompt the viewer to complete the line and relive a moment in time.
In keeping with her love of textiles when painting Niki works on natural linen canvases using her signature bold colours and black key lines, she brings her urban stories to life. The shapes, colours, graffiti, birds and people make up our urban landscape and inspire Niki to capture moments in time.
2018 August, Artisans, Sew as I Go, Mudgee, NSW.
2016 June, Gallery One88, Katoomba, NSW.
2015 March, ‘The Light I See in You’, Platform 72, Chippendale, NSW.
2015 January, Dangar Island Gallery and Café, Dangar Island, NSW.
2014 July, Little Wing Gallery, Bunbury, WA.
2012 March, Global Gallery, Paddington, NSW.
2010 June, Berkelouw Bookshop Cafe Gallery, Newtown.
2021 The Birds, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2020 Untitled, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2019 November, ‘SEW’, The Clerkenwell Gallery, London, UK.
2019 October, ‘Made to Measure’, Hawthorn Town Hall Art Space, Victoria.
2019 October, ‘Dopamine – Seed Stitch’, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2019 September, ‘Newcastle Stitches + Craft Show’, Guest Artist Exhibition + workshops.
2019 February, ‘Stitch Fetish’, The Hive Gallery, L.A, USA.
2019 February, ‘Stitches and Craft’, Guest Artist – ICC, Darling Harbor, Sydney.
2019 March, ‘Embrace’, White Rhino Art Space, St Leonards, NSW.
2019 June, ‘The Fabric of Life’, Be Brave Art Gallery, Avalon, NSW.
2018 March, Be Brave Creative Space, Avalon, NSW.
2018 March, Australian Design Centre, Maker’s Markets, Darlinghurst, NSW.
2017 October, Sydney Craft Week, TAP Gallery, Seed Stitch Collective, Darlinghurst, NSW.
2017 September, ‘Wonderment’, Gaffa Gallery, , Seed Stitch Collective, Sydney, NSW.
2017 May, ‘Thread + Colour 2’, KPC Yarn Pop-up, Paddington, NSW.
2016 November, ‘Seed Stitch Collective’, Barometer Gallery, Paddington, NSW.
2016 March, Seed Stitch, Warringah Creative Gallery, NSW.
2015 December, ‘Urban Road trip’, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW.
2015 November, The Kangaroo Visit Rome, Rome, Italy.
2015 October, Fibre Art Fare, Marrickville, NSW.
2015 September, ‘Poptastic’, Platform 72, Chippendale, NSW.
2015 August, ‘Slick City Chicks’, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW.
2015 February, ‘Art for Small Places’, Platform 72, Chippendale, NSW.
2014 October – 2015 Feb, ‘Concrete Jungle’, The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW.
2014 April, ‘Art for Small Places’, Platform 72, Broadway and Darlinghurst.
2014 April, ‘Here/There/Now’, Ziggy’s Art, Wine and Cheese Bar, Chippendale, Sydney.
2013 October, ‘BCA Reunion Exhibition’, the Newtown Hub Gallery.
2013 September, The Sydney Fringe Festival, Leichardt Forum.
2013 June, ESP, Marrickville.
2012 Sept, ‘Off the Wall’, I Heart Gallery, St Peters, Sydney.
2012 Sept, Fringe Arts at the Forum, Leichardt, Sydney.
2012 Sept, ‘Google Exhibition’ Seymour Centre, Sydney.
2012 Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst.
2012 March, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW.
2012 February, “Love and Death”, ESP Gallery, Marrickville.
2011 November, ‘Urban Blend’ The Hardware Gallery, ‘Enmore.
2011 September, ‘Google Show’ Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
2011 June, ‘Vinyl’, Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
2010 November, Claremont College Art Exhibition, Coogee.
2010 Sept/Oct, “Flight”, Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
2010 August, 40%wool 60%acrylic’, World Bar, Kings Cross.
2009 August-October, High Valley Gallery, Mudgee.
2009 Jan, ‘New world revolution’, Urban Uprising Gallery, Darlinghurst.
2018 Finalist, BUDA Contemporary Textiles Prize, Castlemaine, Victoria.
2018 Finalist, Wangaratta, Petite Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta.
2018 BUDA Contemporary Textiles Prize, Castlemaine, Victoria.
2018 Wangaratta, Petite Miniature Textiles Wangaratta.
2016 Finalist, Chippendale New World Art Prize, Chippendale, NSW.
2016 Chippendale New World Art Prize, Chippendale, NSW.
2014 Finalist, The Warringah Art Prize, Brookvale, NSW.
2014 Finalist, Women on Boards Art prize, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.
2014 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe, QLD.
2014 The Warringah Art Prize, Brookvale, NSW.
2014 Women on Boards Art prize, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.
2014 Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe, QLD.
2013 Finalist, Glebe Art Prize, Glebe, NSW.
2013 Finalist, Waverley Art Prize, Bondi, NSW.
2013 Finalist, Wangaratta Contemporary Textiles Prize.
2013 Wangaratta Contemporary Textiles Prize.
2013 Glebe Art Prize, Glebe, NSW.
2013 Waverley Art Prize, Bondi, NSW.
2012 Finalist, Glebe Art Prize, Glebe.
2012 Finalist, Mount Eyre Art Prize, Paddington NSW.
2012 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Festival, QLD.
2012 Glebe Art Prize, Glebe.
2012 Mount Eyre Art Prize, Paddington NSW.
2012 Stanthorpe Art Festival, QLD.
2010 Finalist, Waverley Art Prize, Bondi NSW.
2010 Waverley Art Prize, Bondi NSW.
2020 Jan, Inspirations issue 105, Feature article.
2020 Jan, Homespun Magazine, Feature Article.
2017 Needle Point For Fun Website Interview.
2017 Chilly Hollow Needle Point Adventure.
2017 Paisley World Blog.
2017 Textile Curator interview.
2016 KPC Yarn Blog.
2014 July, ‘The Wentworth Courier’, issue # July 9th, page 25.
2012 March, “The Wentworth Courier” issue # March 21st, page 40.
2012 March, “Beast” magazine Issue #86, page 94.
2011 November, “International Contemporary Artists Vol 3”, page 166 Published Book.
2011 August, “Cafe Society” magazine Issue 74, Front page and PP 22 and 23.
2011 May, “Textile Fibre Forum”, Magazine no.102, Front, back page images and article.
2009 September, “Textile Fibre Forum”, magazine no.95, half page editorial.
2009 August, “Mudgee Guardian”, Newspaper, Half page article and image.
Bachelor of Creative Arts, Textiles Major, Wollongong University.
Diploma of Education, Southern Cross University.