by riley suchanek·
Sarah Nsikak is a Nigerian-American living in Brooklyn, New York. Her love of textiles led her to working in the fashion industry for several years after completing a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. The exorbitant amount of waste generated in the fashion industry inspired a re-routing back to her art practice. These hand quilted pieces are made exclusively using recycled material sourced from fashion designers based in New York.
What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
So many things! Most vivid in my memory are gymnast and marine biologist (I was obsessed with dolphins as a kid!)
What is the earliest memory you have?
Falling and cutting my forehead while running from one of my uncles in Nigeria. I still have the scar
How has being a mother changed the way you see yourself?
I’m much less aware of myself from physical appearance to daily needs. I’m so invested in the well being of my daughter that I’ve certainly neglected my self care. I think about ways to get more balanced in this area and I know it will happen with time.
What is something you would want to tell your pre-motherhood self?
Enjoy your “you” time and treat yourself to solo dates. See more in-person performances, and you’re not too hedonistic if you decide you need a full day of sleep!
Has being a mom inspired your art in new ways?
I’m pretty new at mothering, but so far it has made me slow down and be more introspective with my work. I’m more purposeful and intentional because of the legacy I hope to leave her some day.
How has your perspective on time shifted since becoming a mom?
This is a great question, I definitely have a looser grip on time and find that it’s useless to try to schedule our days. It’s been freeing to give into a baby led schedule of sweet bonding time nursing her and napping with her wherever she feels like it. I know I’ll get to my obligations eventually, right?
What type of traditions do you hope to make for your baby?
We are beginning a central park mother’s day tradition tomorrow, which we will build an album around and celebrate the tulips every spring together. I’d also like to start a large quilt project for her this year and add on every year until eventually we’re able to work on it together.
What is one thing you learned from your pregnancies or from motherhood so far?
I’ve learned that letting go of control and trusting your partner and support system is so helpful and maybe even vital. I’m grateful to have so much love surrounding our baby and in accepting help i’ve seen that her life brings joy to so many others. That’s such a beautiful and unexpected vantage point of motherhood - seeing a childlike joy in the people I love means so much.