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Stitches are like plants: they grow organically if you let them, springing forth from the fertile ground of furrowed fabric. Texture upon texture, like blades of grass and stems of weeds, clashing and clustering, bending, weaving and tangling, the threads begin to create their own landscape. A wayside border of adornment that casts its own shadows and fragments of light. Holding its own mysteries until you can slip into the luscious labrynth, to reach the secret den of delight within.

The image shows a recent sample of velvet and linen mix fabric painted with acrylic ink and then stitched and then painted again to get more tones and shadows. I like the way the ink bleeds into the threads sometimes only partially. And because the threads are coloured, there is a mix of new colours when inks are added on top. Interesting.


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Nicky Perryman

Hey, I'm a textile artist based in the UK. I like playing around with fabric paint, stitching both hand and machine embroidery and I have far too many sequins. I'm inspired by nature, its mysteries, subtleties, delights and complexities. The outer natural world has its counterpart in the inner spiritual world and I am also inspired by folklore, poetry, fairytales, stories of long ago when the spirits of nature seemed less shy than they do today, as well as my own shamanic journeys into the dreamland.

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