Nikki Gabriel has a unique textile design career that spans across small artisan studio practice to industrial knitwear design roles in Australia. She launched her own knitwear label in 2003, and since then has been commissioned by many high profile Australian designers for the design and production of bespoke knitted product for fashion, interiors, professional dance and theatre costume; collections that have traveled to Paris and New York Fashion Weeks, and costume included in performances around the globe. Her work has been exhibited alongside Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck and she currently resides in New Zealand while she continues to produce her knitwear collections, which is supplied to select high-end fashion stores in limited quantities.
Nikki created the DIY design concept called CONSTRUCTION KNITTING in 2009 that presents knitting patterns as series of basic geometric shapes constructed into modular garment formations. The projects have been developed both commercially and as academic research as a Masters of Art & Design Degree. The study analyzes the contexts and culturalisation of knitting in it's intersections with fashion, design, craft and technology, where the focus of the methodology is to cross boundaries through a multidisciplinary approach. As co-creative fashion exercises, these knitting patterns potentially engage a user in a deeper understanding of the design process where they can develop, adapt or evolve knitted shapes to suit their own needs.