Nicky Simpson (Senior Associate Member & Secretary: Textiles Skills Centre CIC)
BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.
Nicky is a contemporary textiles artist, who has 12 years teaching experience, heading up Fashion & Textiles at a School in Kent. She has taught many different specifications from Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, Design and Technology at GCSE and A Level and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). She has also taught Graphics, Food and Art at KS3.
In Nicky’s previous career she was a senior director of a fashion print agency in the heart of London. She designed her own prints as well as creating and selling seasonal fashion print collections for the international market, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed and sold to all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.
For the past 6 years Nicky has been a textile consultant, focusing on developing and leading the online and face to face workshops for the Textile Skills Centre, including pattern development. Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, and now mentors many fellow teachers through the TSC mentorship programme. She has delivered workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show and volunteers as an art therapist in her spare time.