London Fashion Week | 2019


Success at London Fashion Week. The hand painted textiles by Nicola Parente created one of a kind bespoke, fashions for London Fashion Week. Parente collaborated with  fashion  designers Clarence T. Lee and Jerri Duddlesten Moore for Magpies and Peacocks and “Undone” premiered at London Fashion Week Spring 2019. Part of the institution’s Fashion Scout showcase, which highlights up-and-coming progressive and unique designers. Providing an additional style statement, Houston shoe designer Alice D’Italia accessorized the catwalk with its line of custom Italian-made shoes. The nation’s only nonprofit design house, Magpies is most notable for its commitment to crafting fashion from up-cycled and reused source materials in its designs, promoting sustainability in a fashion industry notorious for creating a cycle of excessive waste. A special thanks to Magpies Ahshia Berry and Sarah-Jayne Smith for all your hard work at organizing!


ArtUniti Public Art Projects


Nicola Parente and Tami Moschioni partnered to form Art Uniti in 2017 focused on civic art projects collaborating with other creative Houston artists in an interactive practice.  Civic artworks are often temporary, multidisciplinary, steeped in color theory and implement public engagement instigating multicultural interaction.

Nicola and Tami are art friends for over twelve years, participating in Art Chatter, and the Avenue Community Development Board. Both artists live near downtown Houston and embrace the socio economic issues and cultural diversity of the area. They have long art painting careers evolving into a combined practice in sculptural civic art, with experience creating site specific projects responding to communities and environments.

Both artists have large project expertise and track records for delivering projects on time and in budget.

To view individual project details please visit

Recent Community Building Art Projects Include: (Click on Red link to learn more!)

2019 “Snapshot” Sculpture Project

2018 “Colorbursting Hermann Park

2017 “Scaped Senses



“Poet Trees” Site-Specific Installation, WITS | 2018

NICOLA PARENTE “Poet Trees” | 2018

Dear Houston Poet-Trees Poems of Love from a City of Resilience After the storm, our city united to help each other in a time of need. In conjunction with National Poetry Month ( in April 2018. These Poet Trees were created by artist Nicola Parente in collaboration with Writers in the Schools. This marks the third consecutive year that Poet Trees were created on this site. People at the park were invited to take a tag and write a poem, letter, or wish, then tie it to the tree. Share their pics on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #poettree @witshouston. The “Dear Houston” poet-trees project is a collaboration between Writers in the Schools (WITS), the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (, and artist Nicola Parente ( The trees were located on the Buffalo Bayou Trails (Eleanor Tinsley Park near Allen Parkway).


This video was taken a few hours after the Poet Tree installation was completed.

“Poet Tree” Site Specific Installation, WITS | 2017


Nicola Parente partnered with Writers in the Schools (WITS) to transform trees into “poet-trees” in Houston during National Poetry Month. Parente dressed trees at Buffalo Bayou Park. Visitors were encouraged to write a poem, sentiment or thought and hang it on the trees. 

This project is funded through a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the artists, Ren Mitchell Creative, East End Foundation, Houston Public Library, Buffalo Bayou Park, Discovery Green, BCycle, and Culture Pilot.

Home Design


As a true creative Nicola Parente’s artistic skill spans beyond paintings, photography, installations and sculpture. In 2014-2015 Parente designed a home from beginning to end without the use of an architect. The home captures the essence of modern day living. Inspired by contempoary architecture, Parente brings an open concept and minimalist detailing to his metal building and interior design. A forty-foot breezeway joins the main house and guest quarters. According to Parente, “I wanted to create an industrial modern design that would showcase an art collection while still providing warm, livable space. Details like concrete floors, zero trim doors, floor to ceiling sculptural steel door, and zero landscaping sculpture gardens, give the house a contemporary European flair.”

Photo Credit: Mike Wilcox