Bachelor of Design (Textiles)
Nina Chechelashvili graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Textile Design) at the end of 2018. Her final year project focused on applying her design skills to knitted fabrics using the Textile and Design Lab’s Shima Seiki machines. She was mentored by the lab’s Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser and studied under the supervision of Mandy Smith, Rachelle Moore and Anne Lohrentz. ‘I worked almost entirely on the Shima Seiki machines at the TDL and couldn’t have done anything without Gordon’s support and endless patience!’ she says.
Since leaving university, Nina has shifted her creativity to working with ceramics and was a finalist for the Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award at the Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics in Whanganui. She has since become a freelance ceramic artist and took up an artist residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark for several months in 2019. She intends travelling to Europe where she hopes to establish her own studio in her hometown of Tbilisi in Georgia.
‘My studies have helped to give me a unique approach by combining textiles with ceramics’, says Nina. ‘I am currently working on further integrating my work particularly through the use of digital technologies’, she adds.
Examples of some of Nina’s knitted work are featured below: