The Summer of the Kingfishers - textile art by Nicky Perryman textile artist

The Summer of the Kingfishers

Since I was a small child I’ve always loved kingfishers. This piece ‘The Summer of the Kingfishers’ is inspired by the place down by the river where we used to go to play in the summer and have picnics. And it is where my father used to go as a child, where he learned to […]

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Peacock on a Hilltop embroidery textile art by Nicky Perryman Textile and Mosaic Artist

Peacock on a Hilltop

  ‘Peacock on a Hilltop’ is a small silk painting embroidered by machine using free machine embroidery and by hand too. I’ve used some rayon and stranded cotton threads for the hand stitching (feather stitch and fly stitch. I’ve added lots and lots of sequins to build up the layers of textures especially on the […]

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mosaic hearth by Nicky Perryman textile and mosaic artist

Mosaic Hearth Project

This mosaic hearth project was designed to be both decorative and practical. In one corner of the hearth, there were some quarry tiles which had been damaged by having heavy logs dumped on them. Digging out all of the quarry tiles wasn’t really an option so covering them seemed to be the best idea. The […]

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Mosaic at Yardley Wood Primary School

Community Art at Yardley Wood 100ft Mosaic

The 100ft Mosaic Project. In July of 2016, I was assistant artist to Caroline Jariwala of Mango Mosaics. We worked on a Community Art Project called the 100ft Mosaic Project at Yardley Wood Community Primary School, Birmingham, UK. There were 15 panels in all which were designed to be installed on a wall outside. The […]

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mosaic pot by Nicky Perryman at RHS Spring Festival Malvern

Mosaic Pots at RHS Spring Festival

I completed a commission to decorate some mosaic pots for the Festival Theatre at the Royal Horticultural Society Spring Festival at Malvern, Worcestershire. My friend Hannah Genders was asked to design and landscape the Festival Theatre and the mosaic pots were part of the display. The Festival Theatre was the venue for the Celebrity guests […]

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Little Kingfisher Embroidery by Nicky Perryman Textile Artist

Little Kingfisher

This little kingfisher started out as a very vague silk painting. I used acrylic inks to create a mottled background and the rough outline of the bird. I wanted the bird to merge with the background to some degree, so I didn’t make the outline too crisp. I had an idea in my head of […]

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Early Influences

My mother was the first person to really help and inspire me with embroidery. She was the one who made me my first sewing kit, some of which I still have. A little needlecase in the shape of a hat, the crown holding a thimble, a cover for a small pair of scissors and a […]

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bee-eater embroidery

Beautiful Bee-eater

I’ve tried to recapture the sense of decoration and opulence I experience while visiting the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. There was so much pattern everywhere, it was quite overwhelming. Not only were there mosaics but also very elaborate plasterwork, and patterned wooden doors with large metal studs. There were also beautiful gardens full of flowers […]

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Sparrow on Red Hot Poker by Nicky Perryman Textile Artist

Humble Sparrow

I love sparrows, the sound of them chirping in garrulous clouds in bushes and thickets and under house eves. I decided I wanted to make something based on the sparrows that used to come into the garden we had when I was a child and hang on the red hot poker bush, picking at the […]

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Peacock embroidery with fme and applique by Nicky Perryman Textile Artist

Pretty Peacock

Shimmer shimmer shimmer. It’s taking forever to “sequinize” this peacock embroidery.

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