British Award Winner Kaniez Abdi graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1998, where she studied Constructed Textile Design. Since graduating, Kaniez has been a textile designer and consultant for more than thirteen years. Working in various industries such as art, trend/forcasting, fashion, interiors and film. Her speciality lies in creating cutting edge textiles that are fitting for the home or body.
With a highly experimental and artisanal approach, she uses a wide range of techniques including hand sewing, machine embroidery, bonding, heating, dyeing, painting, printing when creating her work. She also incoporates photography, computer manipulation and image abstraction in the development of her concepts which result in bold and graphic work that perfectly complements the many industries that she works in.
Producing a unique range of :- Textile Art, Wall Hangings, Digital Art on paper or fabric, Cushions, Soft Furnishing, Lampshades, Wall Lighting, Fabric concepts for Fashion.
These products are used in site specific projects such as hotels, restaurants, bars, corporate receptions and residential properties and private.
Kaniez commented " I create textiles to be more like couture, one off concepts. They are made from interesting materials and a mix of constructions that give them a fashion foward look and feel."
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1998 - MA Constructed Textiles, The Royal College of Art, London
1996 - BA (Hons) Design Crafts, Cumbria School of Art, Carlisle
1994 - HND Design Crafts, Norwich School of Art, Great Yarmouth
2009 - Pulse, Earls Court, London
2006 - Moody Blue, Embankment Tube Station, London
2009 - Salone Satellite, Cosmit spa Foro Buonaparte 65 20121 Milano Italy, Milan
2008 - Torinover, Piazza della Repubblica 25, Torino
2007 - Deepp, Dynamo Bar, , Milan
2007 - Deepp Exhibition, Light Gallery, London
2007 - Maison de objet, British European Design Group, Paris
2007 - Pulse Tradeshow, Earls Court, London
2007 - Trattoria Toscana, Trattoria Toscana, Milan
2007 - Vivaio , sorelle Riva, Milan
2006 - Natural lines, Knightbridge Tube Station, London
2004 - Donna Karen 'Apples and New York', London
2002 - Excuslet, St Augustines Church, London
2011 - Adrienne Chinn Design Co Ltd, Hotel Chain, London
2011 - Conglomerate LTD, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2011 - Digital Print Artwork, Hotel Chain, London
2008 - 5 Digtal Works, House , Paris
2008 - Grey Trees, Hotel, Manchester
2007 - Triptic of trees, Churchill hotel, London
2007 - Visual Edge International, Refurbishment for indian restaurant, Staffordshire
2006 - 12 Pieces for luxury apartment, Dartmoor
2006 - Corn, Fox Linton, City Cafe Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
2006 - Trees, MC ART, Show Flats, London
2005 - Five digital prints for hotel, Southampton Hotel, Southampton
2005 - Two large pieces for hotel refurbishment, Churchill Hotel, London
2009 - Kontextur Shower Curtains in collaboration with Kaniez Abdi, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue at 38th Street) New York City, New York
Competitions, prizes and awards
2009 - Best Textiles, Fashion, Jewellery or Fashion Accessories 2009, Hidden Art, London
2008 - Short-Listed for the Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards 2008 , Wesley-Barrell Shop, London, London
1997 - Winner of Best Town Wedding Hat for Kangol, The Royal College, South Kensington