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Kaniez Abdi

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The Royal College of Art in London (RCA), 1998, MA Constructed Textiles
Cumbria School of Art, 1996, BA(Hons) Design Craft
Norwich School of Art and Design, 1994, HND in Design Craft

Textile Art design/decorative mixed-media, installation, landscape, modern, photography, digital


Artists Statement

Kaniez Abdi graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1998, where she studied Constructed Textile Design. Since graduating, Kaniez has been working on a freelance basis, specialising in creating highly individual textiles using embroidery and digital printing techniques which have been used in the area of fashion, trend and interiors.

Kaniez uses her background in textile design, to develop series of ideas where she experiments with different techniques and materials. Kaniez uses techniques, such as hand sewing, machine embroidery, bonding, heating, dyeing, painting, printing, etc.

Kaniez also uses photography, taking pictures of nature and everyday happenings. I use photography and develop ideas, through the use of computer manipulation, changing the original image size, colour and abstracting the image, which makes her work bold and graphic.

Kaniez work is applied in two ways; she works on projects, where she specialises in providing manufacturers and wholesalers with textile design concepts. She also specialises in providing interior designers and architects with innovative textile design products which include Textile Art, Wall hangings, lampshades, wall lighting, digital prints and soft furnishings for site-specific projects such as hotels, restaurants, bars, corporate receptions and residential properties. 

Solo exhibitions

2006 Moody Blue, Embankment Tube Station, London

Group exhibitions

2010 Pulse Tradeshow, Earls CourtLondon

2010 Showcase, London

2008 Torinover, Piazza Della Repubblica 25, Torino

2007 Maison de objet, British European Design Group, Paris

2007 Pulse Tradeshow, Earls CourtLondon

2007 Deepp Exhibition, Light Gallery, London

2007 Vivaio, sorelle Riva, Milan

2007 Trattoria Toscana, Trattoria Toscana, Milan

2007 Deepp, Dynamo Bar,, Milan

2006 Natural lines, Knightsbridge Tube Station, London

2004 Donna Karen 'Apples and New York', London

2002 Excuslet, St Augustine’s Church, London

Corporate commissions

2010 Project Art

2008 5 Digital Works, House, Paris

2008 Grey Trees, Hotel, Manchester

2007 Triptych of trees, Churchill hotel, London

2007 Visual Edge International, Refurbishment for Indian restaurant, Staffordshire

2006 Trees, MC ART, Show Flats, London

2006 Corn, Fox Linton, City Cafe BirminghamBirminghamUK (

2006 12 Pieces for luxury apartment, Dartmoor

2005 Two large pieces for hotel refurbishment, Churchill Hotel, London

2005 Five digital prints for hotel, Southampton Hotel, Southampton


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