New works made from salvage fabrics,- layered, slashed, incised become abstract paintings in textile. In a long and meditative process, layer upon layer of fabrics -some precious, some salvage- are placed on top of one another to create fields of colour; they are then sewn into rows, or other geometric forms and subsequently cut and subjected to a special washing process which draws out the colours and textures from underneath. The result is a painting in textile which is ancient yet contemporary, precious yet punk.
On the occasion of the upcoming ‘(re)-Discoveries’ exhibition in Amsterdam, several slashed, wild tapestries have been transformed into coats. This was done in collaboration with fashion designer Weiren Theo who adapted his classic coat design to Nuala’s slashed textiles. Together they decided to add a soft hood to the coat, Weiren suggested making it removable. …A creative conversation took place, resulting in these Wild Tapestry Coats ,wearable art pieces which can also be hung on a wall as paintings.
The same is true of ‘The Artist’s Palette’ shoulderbags designed by Weiren which refer to a painter’s palette in both form and colour.
When Weiren and Nuala work together, creative sparks fly. This results in a fruitful and enjoyable collaboration which is a precious thing.