Nicole Bardawill was born and raised in Windsor-Essex County and living in London, Ontario since 2014. Her forays of artistic expression include writing poetry, blogs and making zines as well as broadcasting on campus/community radio. She also practices felting wool, wire wrapping & making jewelry, hoop dancing, and the art of yoga. Remembering stories from her dad about doing this craft “back in the 70s”, the medium of macramé has been a creative form that that Nicole has always admired. When this art of knot tying came through as an artistic expression for her, it was also influenced by years of making hemp jewelry. Learning how to make different types of knots, relax and focus one’s concentration on this meditation of the hands and the fiber is an organic, natural process. While making these knots, one really starts to observe the significance of “tying knots, untying knots”, and how it’s really a metaphor for tending to the knowledge of the Self.
Amanda Hickey was born in London, Ontario and shortly after moved to Barbados where she spent her early years in the sun. She and her family moved back to London at the age of 3 where she has resided ever since…dreaming of the beach. Amanda received a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Fanshawe College, after graduating with Honours Specialization in Sociology from Western University. Amanda has a deep connection and admiration for the Unity Project, after working on the team for 4 years. Amanda dived into the world of ceramic art after discovering her passion for this medium 5 years ago. All of Amanda’s pieces are functional, centring on the important and ritual of eating a good meal with good company. This collaborative piece is meant to cradle the food – herbs, greens, etcetera – used in the cooking process, however other creative uses are encouraged. Amanda’s work can be found at the Framing and Art Centre on Kent Street, various London-based craft festivals and privately by commission. http://amandaceramics.com/ ”