Passing Gulls, Cill Rialaig II (detail), Nicola Henley

Nicola Henley

Artist Statement

Nicola Henley completed a degree in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmith’s college, London in 1984. Since this, she has worked as a Textile Artist, exhibiting widely in the U.K, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Australia and the USA. Born in Bristol, England she moved to Co. Clare, Ireland in 1991 to set up a studio and continue working on large scale Textile Art pieces. She is currently in Australia for a solo exhibition at Timeless Textiles, Newcastle. Her recent work is based on a short residency in Laurieton, NSW last year.

Her work is inspired by birds and their movement and the dynamics of their spacial relationship within the natural landscape. She aims to draw our attention to the delicate balance of nature and connections between ourselves and our environment.

Nicola uses a broad range of techniques from dying, screen-printing and painting with pigments onto cotton calico and then collaging the surface using both hand and machine stitch.

The change of scale from bold printing and painting to the intimacy of close stitching helps to convey the contrasting elements of near detail within the vast open spaces of the surrounding environment.

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