Nixi Killick is a self-styled “imagineer,” using art and fashion to explore concepts of the body and future. Bones, psychedelic patterns, and earthy matter are characters of her work, which she describes as techno-optimistic, kaleidoscopic and radiant.
Killick is a recent fashion graduate of RMIT, working in a brave new intersection of technology, fashion, and her own imaginings of multiple utopian futures. “Technology is a constant tease with new ideas and new worlds opening up constantly asking for some sort of experimental creative intercepting,” she says. “My work orbits a wealth of hijacked material streams and technologies.”
She challenges herself by working with new modes of production. Electronic and fibre optics are accompanied by machine technologies like laser cutting, 3D printing, and computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling.
Her vision is strongly represented in her portfolio. Killick styles her own shoots, carefully controlling the visuals with a stunning, high-quality result. In her portfolio, collections include Real Eyes, streetwear with visceral prints and futuristic shapes; Thunderbones, an exploration of body shape using skeletal weights; and Future-tive Nature, described as “progressive magnetism between the present and the radically expansive possible futures” and which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of The Hunger Games.
Alongside her experimental work Killick produces a wearable sportswear line featuring her psychedelic paintings. The sportswear is stocked online and at Electric Lady Land in Western Australia.
Outside of fashion, Killick uses technology for creation through installations. She recently made a solar powered light and fibre optic psychedelic shrine for a major music festival.
Informing her work this minute is a recent trip to Nepal and India, and the philosophies of futurist Jason Silva. She says, “Technology helps me to explain the bright future I can see in my dreams.”
Her label’s launch collection will be showcased on 16 March for the festival’s Offsite Runway Series.
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