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It’s been a while since we caught up. I'm a little bit behind these days but who isn't, considering the current times.

I'd like to share some of my reflections with you.

We find ourselves living in a time in which the usual F L O W of life has been disrupted, free movement restricted and existing routines changed and adapted.

The rhythm and pace of most of our lives has been slowed, and even momentarily paused in some cases.

I have stopped counting how many days it’s been since I last left the house, choosing instead to embrace time, and this new pace of life.

However, it has taken a while to adjust to working and creating from home.

With London currently in ‘lock-down’, (albeit with slightly relaxed rules) and being personally advised by the NHS to avoid leaving the house and public transport where possible, I am unable to travel to my studio. While I miss my larger space and friends at Textiles Hub London, I am grateful for my small creative corner at home and the restrictions are definitely serving as a creative challenge and forcing me to embrace the change and new rhythm of creating.

Living and creating in lock-down has inspired improvisation and allowed me to reflect on how elements of my practice feed into my approach to this current time.

Improvisation is something I have inadvertently been doing consistently in my current body of work:

F L O W.

A painting, for me, is never just a painting.

It is the process of letting go, of relinquishing control and allowing the paint, the ink, the surface, water, and tools to control the outcome of each piece.

Painting without a preconceived, fixed idea of how the painting should turn out, embracing the joy of not knowing how it will look in the end and not preventing or manipulating the natural movement of whatever material I have chosen to explore.

All of this allows for going with the F L O W in the moment.

Discovered techniques, the inherent properties of the material, and initial colour combinations which develop into more complex colour stories as the paints, the inks, the media intermingle on the page, on the canvas.

Reflecting on this process of painting, I realise it is something that filters into other aspects of life. This state of F L O W isn’t an isolated thing that happens when I am in the studio (or in my creative corner as the case may be), it’s a value that can be applied to various aspects of life, especially now.

Life isn’t always straightforward and sometimes we have little choice but to go with the flow and to adapt with the flow.

To postpone and change plans, and goals.

To rediscover what is important, to be more intentional with time (especially as many of us find ourselves with more of it).

Like the majority of people around the world, this period of time has affected myself and my family immensely and some days are harder than others but I’m reminding myself (almost daily) to take things one day at a time and do the things and have the conversations that help me come away feeling encouraged.

My A Painting a Day series has definitely helped provide some consistency and creativity, even just for a moment to focus.

You can see the journey so far here and follow my daily painting time-lapses that I share in my stories over on Instagram.

We are all still adapting, still finding our way.

Sending you and your loved ones love and I pray that you stay safe and well.

Be encouraged, this time is not forever.

Be gentle with yourself.

Morgan Harper Nichols

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

In collaboration with the amazing team and artisans at Kapdaa - The Offcut Company , I began the journey to creatively reduce textile waste during my creative process.

We developed a unique line of handcrafted bespoke notebooks using a diverse range of textile samples which would have otherwise gone to waste.

Derived from complex and intricate mixed media paintings, sampling is an important part of the design process, crucial to identifying appropriate fabrics and refining the details and colours of each textile design.

Whilst I believe in letting the development of a painting, design or collection naturally take and change course, I became increasingly conscious of the amount of fabric samples I had accumulated.

The goal was to recycle each offcut in a unique and sustainable way as I am aware of the environmental impact these textile offcuts would have if they were simply discarded and to my delight Kapdaa was interested in collaborating to do just that.

The nature of the prints featured in this collection mean that each notebook, even when cut from the same cloth/design, has its own character and is one of a kind.

Featuring digitally printed and hand printed work, the collection has a range of designs, forming two sub collections:

Architectural Abstraction features designs inspired by the geometry and structural forms found in the built environment.

F L O W is a body of work currently in development in which all designs are derived from complex abstract mixed media paintings.

Not only has Kapdaa been instrumental in breathing new life and giving a purpose to my beloved fabrics, they are also committed to ethically supporting artisans in Mumbai, India by keeping their handcrafted skills alive. As an artist and designer who uses and values the role of handcrafted techniques in my own design process, this is something I am glad to be a part of.

I'm very excited to be releasing the collection at the beginning of November 2019 and I will also have a small selection available at

Kingsgate Workshops Winter Open Weekend

(22nd-24th November). With FSC-certified sustainable and recycled plain paper, these A6 notebooks make the perfect gift (or treat for yourself).

Shop The Collection