Designer, maker and facilitator with over 25 years of experience of professional and community practice. Originally trained in Theatre Design but through her community arts practice, interest in fibre art grew and a desire to develop personal artwork. Nerissa returned to college, graduating from MA Textile Practice from Manchester School of Art in 2018 and is a member of Prism Contemporary Textiles Collective, ArtCan, Society for Embroidered Work, Precious Collective and a graduate member of Design Nation.
Through three-dimensional textiles and photography, Nerissa investigates climate change, pollution and waste by exploring change over time, not just eroding or decaying but new layers of growth, giving juxtapositions of structure and colour. She invites us to consider packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis that is so lightweight or transparent that we overlook them. Casting gives the waste weight and solidity more in keeping with its legacy. Naturally inspired textures emphasise the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us. She uses old clothes and scrap materials in all aspects of her practice for both economic & ecological sustainability.