Leah Nikolaou is a British designer creating luxurious vintage inspired art and gifts which fuse the two vintage past times, hand embroidery and flower pressing.
Having learnt both skills as a child she polished her design skills at the Royal College Of Art and enjoys interpreting her old passions in a luxurious and contemporary vintage way . In 2019 Leah set up Leah Nikolaou whilst taking a short career break to care for her then toddler. Leah uses vintage items such as old McCoy vases, American ‘lady head vases’, French style brocante jugs & kitsch planters as subjects for her still life pieces. You could say that she is slightly obsessed with anything shaped like an animal which is also a vessel in which to hold flowers.
Leah's work focuses on preserving the fragility of nature.
Leah's design work always begins by her opening her flower press for inspiration whether she intends to designs prints or fabrics. Mindfully collecting, growing and pressing flowers brings so much enjoyment itself as well as providing this great visual resource for her designs. Leah is an amateur gardener and likes to think her flower growing expertise is getting better by the season!
Once her base fabric or paper has been designed Leah enjoys embellishing them with chunky hand embroidery. The contrast between the crisp paper or fabric and the chunky wool stitches is an aesthetic Leah loves. She would say herself that this is her signature style. Leah mindfully selects her materials preferring organic and eco friendly over anything synthetic, Original sections of the skeins are sometimes selected for their hues and arranged in an order to be embroidered with. The precarious process of stitching into paper makes this element of her collections as fragile as the pressed flowers themselves. It's so much fun to have a go at! If you fancy it Leah has kits suitable for the complete beginner.
We hope you enjoy browsing and find a design you can give a forever home to!