Nicola Cliffe

Nicola, a chemistry teacher for 20 years, launched Madder Cutch & Co in October 2016 after completing an MA in sustainable textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Nicola runs frequent workshops in her Stamford studio, teaching printing with natural dyes and has just finished her first book on the subject, due to be published later this year.

Nicola’s fabrics have been featured in Selvedge magazine along with other publications and is a member of Blue Patch where she takes part in curated events such as the London Design Fair and Decorex.

Describe your approach to teaching
I have a very hands-on approach to teaching, demonstrating techniques and assisting my students to explore and experiment with design ideas.
What inspires your own work?
I love looking for naturally occurring shapes that I can manipulate into repeating patterns for drawings and designs. Colours from nature are at the centre of all my work.

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