I am a St. Paul, Minnesota emerging textile artist that uses her sewing machine as a conduit for change. Change in perception, change in acceptance and change in how society thinks about stitching as an art form. Sewing is how I express myself as an artist. I create installations transforming discarded clothing into sculptural forms. Several years ago my adult son was diagnosed with Autism. As with many individuals on the spectrum he has sensory issues and repetitive self soothing behaviors. I began to focus on repetition as a way to bring awareness and acceptance to neurodiversity. I deconstruct discarded garments, mostly button down shirts, then reassemble them to create figurative forms. After reassembly, I use repetitive stitching to manipulate the fabric which creates texture and depth. I have done several very different installations surrounding neurodiversity, all tailored to the specific site they were exhibited in. The passion to share my experiences through my textile work drives me to seek out new ways to display the work in an interactive and sensory friendly way.
Nina's ArtPrize Entries
These are Nina's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.