JOURNAL


Meet Llewellyn Skye

 
Q+A WITH ARTIST, LLEWELLYN SKYE
 
An insight into our collaboration and what motivates, inspires and intrigues her.

QA with LS-01

Q What attracted you to collaborate with Nikel + Sole?
A The authenticity of Nikel + Sole, it embodies all the things that I love… It is raw and earthy, simple and luxurious.

 

Q Tell us about the work you created for this collaboration
A I wanted to create something that spoke the same language as Nikel + Sole. I wanted it to have the feeling of understated rawness with hard and soft edges whilst keeping it energetic and loose.
 

Q What is important to you when creating your art?
A To be honest with myself and the painting and not to over complicate things.
 

Q Is there a particular place where your designs and the creative process take place?
A My favourite places to work are my studio and two kitchen tables. My studio is at the front of the house and the window overlooks the front garden. I pulled up the carpet to expose the wooden floorboards that have marks and paint splatters on them that I love and I often have bare feet when I’m in there. The tables are antique and belonged to my mum. We had so many good and hard times while sitting around them, I love them so much. Mum used to be so precious about them she panicked about every little mark, but I am the opposite. I love every mark that is made, it’s like a reminder of that moment.

QA with LS-02

Q How does it make you feel that your artwork will be worn by others?
A Super cool, I love it. I love that art can be worn every day and appreciated on different levels.
 

Q What are your creative outlets?
A I love to dance, it was a passion of mine growing up and whenever I get the chance to reconnect with it, I am happy inside and out. I also love hairdressing, I have been doing it since I was 15. Creating shapes and colours and balancing it with people’s faces and personalities feels just as creative as sculpture sometimes.
 

Q Who or what has been the most important influence in your art?
A My mum, she was my biggest fan. She believed in me and encouraged me to keep creating for as long as I can remember. One of the last things she said to me was to “make sure I keep painting” and I always will.


Mad for Merino

 

Made from the finest Merino wool, our Nikel + Sole AW17 knits are supremely soft.

 

Fall in love with timeless pieces crafted in nature’s finest. Breathable and versatile Merino that ticks all the boxes…

Mad For Merino Image

 


AW17 | Throw on luxury…

 

Lights, camera, action! Catch a glimpse of the moments and magic behind the scenes at our AW17 shoot. Music – Stay by Isabel


Rich rust hues

 

This month’s colour palette has us so excited for what’s to come, and we know you will be too… Think rich rust reds, decadent chocolate and soft oat tones that will add a touch of flare to your winter line up.

 

March Palette Image

 

Drawing inspiration from the warm and earthy shades of autumn, these Nikel + Sole knits are the ultimate lightweight yet cozy layers that are perfect for the unpredictable March weather. Raised stiches and intricate weaves add a whole other textural element to these easy yet luxurious pieces.


SS16 Style in Motion

Celebrating beautiful design and craftsmanship.

 

 

The SS16 collection from Nikel + Sole features refined yarn, natural fibres and soft washed leather. Our exclusive silk scarf prints are created in collaboration with local Melbourne artists.


Q+A with Artist, Amanda Peluso

An insight into collaboration, inspiration and creativity through a series of works.

What drew you to this collaboration?
It’s an honour for me to collaborate with a Melbourne brand that supports Melbourne based artists. When I was approached to do this scarf collaboration I couldn’t wait to get started. I have followed the label for years and love the aesthetic and brand ethos. I love how n+s speak about the importance of the story behind every piece, what connects you to a certain piece and holds value to you. It’s a nice feeling to own and treasure something with this personal value.

 

Tell us about the pieces you created?
My pieces feature expressive and intricate line work, inspired by the movement of nature. I wanted to recreate the softness and subtleness of a breeze moving through the leaves of a tree. I used detailed line patterns to connect all the small elements and intricacies of the image together in a sort of visual pathway, just as your eye would follow a breeze sweeping through leaves.

 

Where do you seek your inspiration?
Without a doubt nature is my biggest inspiration, especially plant life.

 

How do you approach your art? What is the process?
The way I work is usually quite unplanned as I don’t like to be restricted. I start the piece with a subject in mind or even an actual object in front of me and then expand from each point as I go.

 

What materials or tools do you work with and why?
I have recently become a bit obsessed with ink and mostly use nib pens, with a combination of brushes. I love the element of surprise and beautiful depth you can create with layering inks, and the intense detail that can be achieved with a nib pen.

 

What do you enjoy most about collaborating?
Collaboration is such a wonderful process as you can experience two or more worlds colliding. You never quite know the outcome either, which is really exciting and can be quite liberating.

 

What’s important to you when creating your art?
Good light, good vibes and peppermint tea!

 

What has been the most important influence in your art?
It’s hard to pinpoint as I feel like I’m always being influenced by little things and people throughout my everyday life. However, one lecturer I had back in art school did say to me once that it’s important to really feel what I was painting or drawing. I hold onto that bit of wisdom.

 

Where’s your favourite place to see art?
I like wandering through the galleries in the city and exploring little design markets and pop up shops.

 

What do you love most about Melbourne?
The Botanical Gardens (my happy place), the abundance of creativity and the coffee!

 

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Monochrome

NIKEL AND SOLE JOURNAL NEWWWWWith summer coming to an end, we welcome the start of winter to NIKEL and SOLE. This month we are transitioning into the new season with monochrome shades. The contrast of light and dark through the pieces help with the seasonal change, making them workable with your current wardrobe staples- but also carry through the height of winter. The Kaiser knit is a soft cotton/cashmere/wool blend- making it a beautiful jumper that will breathe and hold your body temperate.