Issue #27
July 2014

Nikola News

Many thanks to this month's model Irene Carmichael

Irene Carmichael is a retired elementary teacher who worked for the Calgary Public System for 37 years.  Besides having a passion for fashion, she also keeps busy with daily walks with her dog in Fish Creek Park, travelling, bowling, hiking in the mountains and golfing.  Life is a gift and needs to be enjoyed and shared with one's friends and family.
Chalet Long Knit Tunic and Skirt.  Also available in black as shown below. Necklace is a Sonja Creation. 
Chalet Tunic and Skirt.  Necklace Coutu & Kitsch 
Zele Polish Linen Dress 
Stella Carakasi Linen Shirt and Capris.  Also available in Eggplant.
Several new Nadia Bryn Walker Tunics in Store.  Also available in Red, Black, and Eggplant 
Perfect Stampede Necklace with this new tunic from Kleen.  Tunic also available in light grey. 
Stella Carakasi Tunic with Cut Loose Tencel Capris.  Capris also available in Black, Grey and Green 
Sonja Necklace, Chalet Linen Tunic and Inizio Linen Skirt.
Skirt to match the Tunic also available. 
Cocco Bella Dress (or Tunic) and Capris. 
Vest and Blouse a new line for Nikola with Bryn Walker Linen Capris. 
Bryn Walker Linen 
Necklace another new original creation from Coutu & Kitsch "Cross Collection" 
New Artist to Nikola - Anne Kirsten 

Anne studied fine art for two years at Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver, majoring in ceramics, printmaking and sculpture.  She then went on to Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto to train as a fashion designer, and has continued to design clothes in a variety of forms ever since.


Feeling a need to get back to her artistic roots, Anne began blending her background in knitwear and leather design with her ongoing exploration of textile and surface design as a fibre artist. As an avid recycler, she is constantly looking for new ways to repurpose used or discarded materials and incorporate them into her textiles. The results are whimsical sculptural pieces, and vibrant multi colored patchworks in a multitude of mediums.


Recently she has begun working with a fabric printing process that uses cut up bits of used silk ties and garments that are then transferred onto recycled wool and silk fabrics. The results are a mosaic of colour and pattern, which she has aptly named the "fractal" series. Presently pieces include scarves, hats, and sweaters with patchwork kimonos, tunics and dresses to be added to the lineup this fall.


Anne currently works in Film and Theatre in Calgary as a costumer, scenic artist and sculptor, as well as designing clothes for private clients. Her one of a kind art wear and home décor pieces are available locally through select boutiques and galleries.



I am thankful for all those who said NO to me.  It's because of them I'm doing it myself.
Albert Einstein

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