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Nadia Ricketts

Woven Textile Artist- Director BeatWoven

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About me

Nadia’s exploration into the visualization of the unseen patterns created by sound and music began during her final textiles degree project at Central Saint Martins in 2008, when she saw a mathematical connection between the architecture of music and the architecture of weave. It was the result of a vibrant previous career as a professional dancer, which took her travelling the globe and living with a variety of exciting cultures, exposing her to an eclectic mix of music; ‘The Universal Language’, as Nadia likes to call it. Today Nadia has set up her own London based studio called BeatWoven, exploring the fusion of digital with the traditional craft techniques of weaving, through her development of the BeatWoven bespoke audio technology in collaboration with expert coder’s and musicians. Nadia is excited with the opportunity to capture the invisible audio patterns with her software and fuse them with the tangible, patterned realm of textiles, giving music a physical space in culture and design. Her vision is to translate these patterns into beautiful woven textiles that lead the way so that music can become visually part of a product and has a tangible place in people’s lives. Nadia’s pioneering project of BeatWoven has collected an impressive portfolio of awards so far, including the Clothworkers Foundation Award 2012 and 2013, The Seed Fund UAL 2012, The final blueprint for ‘Digital’ at The Creative Enterprise Awards 2012 (CEW12) and winning ‘Runner-Up’ for Innovation, part of the Central Saint Martins Award 2012 (CEW12) The Creativeworks London Research and Development Voucher, Digital Fusion 2013, Crafts Councils Hothouse 2015, and The Creativeworks London BOOST Award 2015. The Creativeworks voucher partnered Nadia with the Centre of Digital Music, part of the engineering department at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and the legal research department at QMUL, helping her with research questions and technical challenges. In addition, opportunities to exhibit at several prestigious galleries and institutions have included the V & A Museum, Central Saint Martins Innovation Centre and Future Heritage at Decorex International 2014. BeatWoven also featured as part of the Harrods design trail for London Design Week 2014, where they named the brand as their ‘Rising Star’, resulting in the collection being sold exclusively in the Harrods fabric library. Selected publications have included House and Garden, The New York Times, FT Magazine, ‘Talent Spot’ Crafts Magazine, Cool Hunting and Architect, with book publications in The Warp and Weft by Dr. Jessica Hemmings (Bloomsbury), and The Digital Handmade by Lucy Johnston (Thames and Hudson). Commissioned projects have included weaving the song ‘Sound & Vision’ to commemorate David Bowie for Warner Music, weaving the nations favourite classical concerto Rachmaninoff Piano No. 2 in alignment with the live screening of the famous 1945 British love film The Brief Encounter. A collaborative project with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Royal Festival Hall (RFH), British Film Institute (BFI) and The Southbank Centre for their Festival of Love in the summer of 2014. The art piece is on display in the member’s bar at the RFH, with an exclusive collection of textile products to purchase from the Southbank Centre shop. Clients also include Shiekh Mohammed Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, Harrods and ABC Carpet and Home, New York. Currently, Nadia is working from her studio in West Central London developing the concept of BeatWoven, working on new collections and commissions.

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Skills

  • Textile
  • Fashion
  • Sewing
  • Illustrator
  • Art
  • Woven Design
  • Photoshop
  • Mood Board
  • Pattern
  • Textile Design

Work history

Currently

Director

BeatWoven

Apr 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Founder/Director of multi-award winning and pioneering textile label BeatWoven®. BeatWoven amplifies music experience through its bespoke technology, by beautifully capturing the unseen geometrics created by sound/music and fusing with woven textiles for Interior applications. "Silence is the Fabric upon which notes are woven"​ L.Duncan.

2011

Fashion Design Assistant

Arcadia

Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Assisting Head Designer Lisa Marie Peacock with 13 womenswear departments and 10 designers. Left position due to redundancy.

2010

Interior Design Assistant

HLW International LLP

Oct 2009 - Jan 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Assisting the interior designers and architects with office/studio management, administration and front of house. Pattern, fabric and material development. Organising and preparing for meetings, CPD’s and the materials library.

2009

Fashion Design Assistant

Arcadia

Jul 2009 - Sep 2009
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Evans, Arcadia ltd. Assisting with Ad- Hoc design tasks, from Moodboards, to colour palettes.

2010

Fashion Design Assistant

TOPSHOP TOPMAN

Jan 2009 - Jan 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Intern placement assisting the TOPSHOP design team with the preperation of their TOPSHOP UNIQUE S/S 2009 collection for LFW. Print, embellishment and applique design for the 'soft's department'. Helping with garment construction in the design studio. Dying, painting and sewing. Assisting designers with spec sheets. Shop Reports. Ad-hoc projects and tasks. Assisting design managers and dressing models behind stage at London fashion week.

Education

2009

BA Honours Field Of StudyTextile Design GradeFirst Class (96%)

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Jan 2006 - Jan 2009
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Covered all three textiles disciplines from knitting, printing and weaving. I specialised in weaving, however had a flair for digital print too. First Class (96%)

2006

Foundation Diploma Field Of StudyArt & Design GradeDisitinction

New Bucks University

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006
  • London, United Kingdom

2001

Diploma in Performing Arts

London Studio Centre

Jan 1997 - Jan 2001
  • London, United Kingdom

Awards

2015

Craft Council HOTHOUSE #5

Craft Council

2015

Creativeworks London BOOST 2015

Creativeworks London and AHRC

2013

The Cockpit Arts/Clothworkers Foundation Award 2013

The Clothworkers Foundation

2013

The Creativeworks London Voucher 2013 - Digital Fusion

Creativeworks London

  • The research voucher has allowed the opportunity and funding to develop BeatWoven further by working in collaboration with the Centre of Digital Music, QMUL as well as the Media, Commercial, Copyright Legal team, QMUL.

2012

2012

Shortlist 'Digital' Creative Enterprise Awards 2012

University Of The Arts London

2012

Runner-up Central Saint Martins Award for Innovation 2012

University Of The Arts London

2012

The Cockpit Arts/Clothworkers Foundation Award 2012

The Clothworkers Foundation