Poppy Love

Poppies, I return to them again and again as an art subject because they are so beautiful, dramatic and with such gorgeous colours. On this piece, I’ve appliqued some scraps of Japanese printed fabric onto a base of purple tweed, and added a lot of machine stitching and some sequins and bits of gold foil. The petals of the poppies are red silk, and the centres are free motion embroidery and dark purple paillettes. Then the whole thing has been stretched over a canvas and is now living somewhere in New Zealand.

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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.


  1. Penny says:

    Your work is an inspiration…a woman after my own heart. I have little time to really “get into it” at the moment but your work fires me up to get going and squeeze in some more time. Thanks Nicky. Good luck. I am sure you will have much success with such beautiful work..

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      Hi Penny, thank you for your lovely heartwarming comment. I’m glad you find my work inspiring. I agree it’s difficult to find time for creativity sometimes, but I feel it’s so important for our well being to have a means of expression, that it should become a priority even if you have to wrestle a few demons (or housework) out of the way to get there! Good luck with your creative journey too. I wish you well. Nicky.

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