Nina was born in Somerset to Welsh parents and still lives in the Somerset countryside, her childhood and adult life found her spending much of her free time on the Pembrokshire coast. Having enjoyed a varied 20+ year art career she can now be found creating soft sculpture from her home studio.
Alongside her profesional practice Nina is a curator for ACEarts, a gallery and education charity in Somerton, Somerset and is pround to be a member of Somerset Art Works, RWA (Royal West of England) AN and seam Collective.
A recent blog post for seam collective (2021):
When did you start working with fibre and fabric?
When I was six my Gran taught me how to use her knitting machine. I have made things ever since.
What are you working on now?
I am creating wearable sculpture, playing with shifting the viewers experience from observer to a physical experience.
What is your lockdown headline?
The lockdown has reminded me of the restorative nature of home, creating art in my domestic space has been healing.
Describe textile life in 5 words...
Material comes alive with touch.
What lockdown life lessons have you learnt?
The ordinary can be extraordinary.
2014 MFA. Bath Spa University
2012 BA Hons Fine Art Plymouth University
2015: Lead artist of Craftivist Garden community arts project for SAW
2012 - 2014 Teacher of art and design, Sherborne International School, Dorset.
Selected Gallery experience/curation:
2015 - current Artistic director ACEarts, Somerton
2014 - 2015 Hauser and Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Gallery and education assistant.
2013 Gavin Turk Night at the Museum Bristol Museum and Art gallery, assistant.
2012 Field for the British Isles Anthony Gormley, Barrington Court, Somerset, member of installation team.
Find and follow me on instagram: @ninagronwlewis