Nosheen iqbal

Dallas, TX

"A play on color and materials"
Born in Surrey, England, she moved to Texas in her mid-teens. She received a BA with an outstanding portfolio award in Communication Design from the University of North Texas. After graduation, she worked for Fossil for over a decade in design, art direction, and finally as a lead watch designer. She has also worked for brands such as DKNY, Armani Exchange, and a collaboratory collection with Opening Ceremony whilst still at Fossil.

Nosheen Iqbal Pakistani heritage plays a dominant role in her choice of color, pattern, and texture. Pakistan has a rich history of pigment dyeing and embroidery techniques which varies in each province and dates back further than the Mughal Empire. She is also heavily influenced by the intricate and interlaced patterns found in Islamic Art. Taking key elements from the classical tradition, she elaborates upon them in order to invent a new form of decoration and design.

From an early age, she was sewing and embroidering small remnants of fabric, leaves, and textured papers. Intrigued by the idea of tactility of mixed media textile and the juxtaposition of soft and hard materials - nature versus modern. To further explore this notion, she combines fibers and wood to create something handmade using unconventional techniques.

She has worked with brands such as Hermes to create extraordinary installations for their store window. She has also created charitable pieces for Dwell with Dignity, The Warren Center, and the Humane League.
Her mixed media fiber art has been exhibited in gallery shows in both Dallas and in the United Kingdom.

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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"My pieces are all about texture and color. I always have a color palette in mind but once I start the embroidery part, colors start to overlap and sometimes trick the eye and create the illusion of a slightly different color. I can use the same palette in another piece but it will always look a little different depending on how I embroider the colors and how much of one color I use over another."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want people to feel a sense of discovery when they they see my work. At first glance, most people don't realize that I embroider directly through the wood. It entices the viewer to draw closer into my pieces to explore the texture and play on colors."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"When I first started my craft over 10 years ago, I would experiment with different kinds of woods. For a few pieces I used ash and I almost gave up because I was breaking so many drill bits. I was so distraught until someone told me that ash is used to make baseball bats and its one of the most durable woods used. Definitely a lot of trial and error at the beginning."
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