With an interest in creating dialogue around the relationship between clothing and identity, Nika Feldman uses salvaged materials and hand-work to investigate actions of deconstructing and reconstructing, utilizing process as ritual. In addition to maintaining a studio arts practice, Feldman has enjoyed opportunities to engage in community based projects both locally and worldwide in countries such as India, Nepal, and Mongolia. Feldman’s textile/installation/performance work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Feldman began her studies in 1990 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY as a Fashion Design major, later receiving her BFA in 2002 as an Interdisciplinary Studio Arts major with a focus in Textiles and a minor in Art History from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Canada where she now teaches during the summer semester. In 2003 after receiving her undergraduate degree she was accepted to a three year artist residency at the Craft Studios of the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Awarded the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship, Feldman was able to complete two years of independent research and studio work under the MFA program at Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan from 2007-2009. For almost twenty years now, Feldman has worked as an independent artist, supporting herself and her work through a patchwork of scholarships, grant funding, teaching invitations, and temporary odd jobs. Feldman’s work has been a featured cover article in American Craft Magazine (Aug/Sep 2016), written about in the Albuquerque Journal North’s art section (Jan 2019) and in the Santa Fean Magazine (Dec 2018/Jan 2019).