Nicola Ackland-Snow has been an award-winning commercial illustrator and lecturer in the Bath/Bristol area for the last 17 years, locally famed by those in the music and arty circles and a bit of a well-kept secret, creating quirky pieces for UK & US publishing houses, Fine Art installations and even working as co-author of the now world-renowned 'Fly - The Art of The Club Flyer (1996)'.
Influenced by mixed media Fine Artists such as Sir Peter Blake (who snapped up a Nicky Snow early piece from her degree show), and Joseph Cornell, Nicky has long been fascinated by the infinite possibilities of bringing together found objects and images, to create off-the-wall, poetic messages, seated in 'the now'.
Once a flea market stall holder, trawling local auctions for 50's ephemera not only to sell but also to pull apart and reconstruct, Nicky still weaves words with forgotten images that are once again brought to life in a surreal and colourful dance.
While everyone else is glued to their computer screens, you might find her in various favourite haunts for 'rummaging' and finding new food for thought in local, Brighton and London flea markets and ye olde magazine shoppes...
Nicky's recently been experimenting with applying her unique images to everyday objects - bags, wall graphics, gift wrap..., but still stays true to her 'crafty' roots by also offering the new designs as original artwork and limited edition prints.
This new way of working suits Nicky's seasonally changing colours and messages and, because of the small-ish runs of product, will provide the lucky owners with some seriously collectible objects to cherish for the future!