A football artist will lead embroidery workshops at the V&A

A footballer and artist will lead embroidery workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) on March 6.

Nicole Chui is a 26-year-old Hong Kong-born, Hackney-based artist whose work is a unique collision of fashion and football as she sews across prints in her messy, brash and disruptive style.

She featured in the latest Sports Direct Football: Redefining Power campaign where she stitched Manchester City’s Ellen White prints and worked with Adidas, Nike and Vogue Italia.

The Victoria Park Vixens goalkeeper first learned embroidery as a young girl from her grandmother who practiced the art religiously.

She said: “Embroidery was my way of maintaining my relationship with my grandmother and I learned so much about her just by watching her embroider, that’s where it all started.

“I approach embroidery through a contemporary lens, hoping to disrupt the traditional narrative of perfection and encourage people to break down those boundaries.

“My workshops aren’t really about teaching you how to create a chain stitch or how to do English smocking techniques.

“I want to create a safe space for people to explore new artistic mediums without someone in authority telling them what to do.”

‘OLD ROOM’: A colorful and bold piece bringing a new angle to this print

Workshops will explore freestyle hand embroidery in the visual arts.

The V&A has provided postcards from previous exhibits and attendees will physically manipulate these images by stitching on them.

Chui added, “By being able to use materials from the museum, I hope to demystify the nerd and over-intellectualized attitude that art tends to have.

“Growing up I always felt left out of the art world, it was always considered quite elitist, especially in Hong Kong.”

“MORNING GLORY”: Impression of a woman sitting in front of the window as the sun rises behind her.

Her workshops foster that carefree, fun, and inclusive attitude where you don’t have to be an expert to participate, and that’s important to Chui.

She said: “Even though the craft is traditional and steeped in our stories, you can still turn it into whatever you want it to be.

“All my workshops are accessible and fun.”