Hi, my name is Nicola, (better known around the web as ‘Nicolpops’), I'm a Scottish illustrator and fibre artist from Aberdeen.
What I enjoy most is creating characters, often interpreting my love for circus with a touch of the spooky and weird.
The urge to do something tactile with my hands that I could incorporate with my illustrations had been niggling on the back of my mind for a while. I have always had a love for toys and collectable plushies so I decided to have a go at turning my character designs into 3D fibre sculptures.
As much as I love illustration, I enjoy the process of building with my hands, as well as the sense of calm that the often slow process of working with fibre can bring. This shift back to textiles has been especially rewarding over lockdown. Right now, the materials I enjoy using to build my creatures are wool felt, faux-fur and wool roving.
Creating characters often means that I am inputting my own emotions when making them, developing their own unique personalities, depending on how I’m feeling when I make them; sometimes even adorning them with handstitched or knitted costume pieces – and I love hearing how others resonate with them too.
I joined a local art studio at the beginning of 2021, which has been one of the best investments I've made in my creative practice. Having a space of my own has let me experiment with taking my fibre beasts to a whole new level.