Nicky Hirst is a London artist currently involved in collaborative projects within the public realm. Her work is perhaps best described as an exploration of serendipity, where sources may be particular places, objects or words whose meaning she subtly shifts by manipulation, juxtaposition or context. After studying Fine Art followed by Art and Architecture, Hirst pursued a parallel practice showing in galleries and working collaboratively with architects for diverse projects. These include the Biochemistry Department University of Oxford, Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, Kingfisher Court NHS Mental Health Facility in Hertfordshire, Pharmacy Manufacturing Facility in Guy’s Hospital, London, and most recently Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Unit in Wales. Hirst has exhibited in museums and galleries including the Courtauld Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, South London Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery and Imperial War Museum.
Hirst’s design for her pyjama set is inspired by some of her father’s works in the 1960’s, using speech and think bubbles in cartoon imagery. Nicky’s ‘Z’s’ are rubber stamped in the original design with the extra bits of ink that can get transferred left included. Nicky hopes these ‘mistakes’ on her Pjoys design show vulnerability, acceptance and humour.