UH Arts + Culture are delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Nicola Moody, created over the course of her postgraduate studies.

The artist has examined the relationship between a line of thread and the weaving process. Using anthropologist Tim Ingold’s ideas, Nicola Moody explores how lines interact together within weaving.

Through the creation of ‘samples’ – a nod to the textile tradition of making small pieces to explore technique, colour, weave structure and texture – Moody generates an understanding of the behaviour of the lines. She looks at how factors such as weave, tension, and ply (thickness) of the yarn influence the line and the weave.

Central to Moody’s research is Tim Ingold’s concept of lines. He believes that life is lived on lines – that all life is growing and existing on a trajectory. These lines do not live in isolation but coexist with other lines creating a meshwork – a weave. Moody uses her weaving practice to explore what fresh insights it can offer to an understanding of life in Ingold’s meshwork.

In summer 2024, the Art + Design Gallery will be taken over by the artist’s samples and large textile works which explore this relationship, and present weaving as the ongoing interplay of interconnected lines rather than as a static woven object or a process.

Close up photograph of bright pink satin stitches

Nicola Moody, 'Satin in process 2'

Please join us for a special Opening Reception

Tuesday, 2 July, 17:00–18:30
Free entry – everyone welcome! Refreshments will be on offer. Please RSVP by emailing us at uharts@herts.ac.uk

The Art + Design Gallery is open Mon-Fri: 10:00–16:00

We are also open one Saturday during the exhibition for our Sat-ART-day: Saturday 20 July 2024 11:00–15:00


Mon-Fri:  Free for the first 2 hours, with £2 thereafter. Sat: Free

Please park in Student Car Park E or The Forum Multi-storey. At the University of Hertfordshire, we use Hozah, which makes paying for parking quick, easy, and convenient. More information can be found here: Parking at UH

Accessible parking and toilets are available and the entrance to the Art + Design Gallery is at ground level.

About Nicola Moody

Nicola Moody has exhibited widely across the UK. In 2018, she was awarded a place on the Testbeds Artist accelerator scheme, and secured funding from the Luton Arts Fund to create ‘Running with Thread’ in collaboration with Wardown House Museum and Luton Park Run. In 2019, she was granted a significant award from the Arts Council to create ‘Tear and Repair’ – a project that uses weaving to tell the stories of women caught in sexual exploitation – which was exhibited in 10 cities across the country. During the 2020 lockdown, she received a grant from the Arts Council to further develop her expertise in weaving and natural dying. Since 2021, she has been working towards a postgraduate qualification in Fine Art for which she was awarded a studentship from the University of Hertfordshire.