On the Edge of a Feather

I’ve been planning a large peacock embroidery involving the whole peacock not just the imagery of tail feathers. I started out drawing it out carefully but the composition didn’t feel quite right, I went ahead anyway but after I started painting it out in the silk, the feeling continued and the imagery felt stilted. So I decided to jump ship but to be able to recycle the silk already stitched on the frame, I coloured it all over by splashing ink and then rolling over it with a print roller. The bubbles in the ink left a nice pattern on the silk which I am sure will end up in other works at some point. I then went to the other extreme and painted out a light hearted peacock with a bit of gold gutta. I am not crazy about this either because I feel it’s not “deep” enough. Sometimes one has to go on more of a journey to arrive somewhere otherwise there is little satisfaction. I’ve gone back to my sketchbooks this afternoon to look at some images and have a go at digitizing them and see what comes out of that. Another day, will show another way.

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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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