Couture Knitwear . Pattern Design . Fashion Illustration . Photography and Styling . Costuming
Nicole Feller-Johnson is a Philadelphia-based designer. She graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Fine Arts and has an extensive design and theatrical background.
Nicole comes from a ballet family, and has been dancing since the age of 2 and teaching since the age of 16. She has studied and taught Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap and Competitive Dance. She has won numerous competitive Choreography and Costuming awards. At 17, she moved to Philadelphia to attend University of the Arts, where her major was in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics and Glassblowing. After graduating, Nicole became the Gallery and Production Manager of Hot Soup Glass Studio and Gallery, where she taught, designed and created production glassware, and curated the Hot Soup Gallery. Her work was featured in numerous group and museum shows, auctions, and collections, as well as in her debut solo show "Gentle Assault" at Making Glass, Chicago.
Nicole began knitting as a child and has returned to knit design in recent years. She wrote the "Choose It and Use It" article series for Knitcircus magazine and has many self published pattern designs. Her debut knit design book, "Skyline Knits" will be published by Cooperative Press, and she was featured in the Rock Stars spread in Vogue Knitting Fall 2013, as well as in the most recent book by Carol Sulcoski, Lace Yarn Studio.
Nicole has won many artistic and academic awards including a Full Academic Scholarship Archbishop WoodHigh School, National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Miss Faces of the Future, Promising Young Artist Scholarship University of the Arts, Contemporary Glass Philadelphia Grant, and was First Runner Up in the 2013 Zealana- Vogue Knitting Design Competition. She has worked as a freelance designer for Free People, Anthropologie, Matthew Izzo, Vagabond, Hot Soup Glass, Open House, Petulias Folly, Knitcircus Magazine, Creative Knitting, Universal Yarns, Made in America Yarns, and Vogue Knitting, She has been a costume designer and makeup artist for the Horsham Dance Ensemble and the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. In addition, Nicole has a host of private clients and specializes in bare knit tops, knit evening and formal wear.