Project Mission Gallery was excited to produce, FEM: Playful Manipulations, which detailed the work of Nicole Chui (@ThatSewNicole). In her work Nicole uses embroidery to manipulate and transform photographs - exploring visual presentations, highlighting and evoking an unexpected characteristic or narrative in each image. She incorporates various layers to create something fresh and thought provoking from the familiar, calling to attention powerful female perspectives.
As the artist’s first solo show, the exhibition will celebrate the female narratives in both her embroidery work and those featured in her recent zine project, FEM. FEM is a series of three printed zines that explore contemporary female identities in the subcultures of surf, skate, and hip-hop internationally. The zines focus on the female perspectives in direct response to the lack of female representation in comparison to the male influencers throughout these cultures.
In the exhibition Nicole invited the audience to touch, pause and engage with all of the pieces; encouraging an emotional and tactile experience.
The show also featured two workshops taking place on Saturday 27 May, which include a discussive event ‘The Check-In’, a monthly conversation series with the intentions of fostering a space for ‘us’ to decompress, check-in, and connect, lead by Project Mission Gallery and an embroidery workshop lead by Nicole.