Snippet, aka Nicola Baird, lover of innovative design, salvaged treasure and all things fiber.
Becoming a designer of repurposed materials was a decision I made in 2011. By then I'd had my 3 fabulous children and my true awareness of waste started weighing heavily on me, especially following the Christchurch earthquakes. I started working in fabric instead of paint and found I enjoyed seeing my artwork on bodies as much as walls. From a young age I loved piecing found objects together to create a new narrative and my work with Snippet is very much in line with that. It has been a real journey in sustainability and is immensely rewarding as a designer. I adhere to slow fashion principles meaning I'm always striving for lasting designs in quality, ethically sourced natural fabrics that wont have a negative impact on our environment.
My work has been influenced by a few other key things, I had a fabulous crafty Nana, then years studying graphics and gaining a BFA in painting followed by time teaching in Asia. Snippet for me feels like everything is finally in balance and I'm thoroughly enjoying the direction I'm taking it.