Silk painting by Nicky Perryman

Taking a Larger View

In recent days, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking (not always a good thing!) but this time it’s been helpful. I put all my recent finished work up on the walls and took a look at it, noting down thoughts and feelings and thinking of ways to take things forward and make improvements – a mini self critique. I’ve not really done this for a while and it feels good to look at the work from a distance instead of seeing it so close up at sequin and stitch level which is what I do most of the time. I feel now I have a better perspective on things, it has created a new impetus and I’ve made a few decisions on which directions I want my work to take.  Some of my decisions include, changing my colour palette a little to try lighter and brighter colours and making more use of my backgrounds and more contrast. I want to include more hand stitching in an exploratory way.  I’m going to spend the afternoon stitching into this silk and seeing what textures I can develop.


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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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