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N I C O L A   H E N L E Y

Textile Artist

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NICOLA HENLEY'S textile pieces are made by a combination of dying, painting, and screen-printing cotton calico and texturing the surface with various materials stitched into the cloth. The change of scale from bold printing and painting to the intimacy of close stitching helps to convey the concept of near detail with open space of a landscape or seascape.

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Nicola's work is composed by studying birds and their flight in relation to the natural environment. By watching and drawing their motion she aims to capture a sense of scale and movement within space.

Each piece of work also examines our inner state, using birds to express those emotions and concepts of life both on a personal and a universal level. The work links the abstract sensations of what she feels with hints of the figurative reality in a particular place.

LATEST WORK
Shorelines is a new body of work created for a solo show in 2015 at Timeless Textiles, NSW Australia.

"Coming from Ireland, the scale and expanse, intensity of colour and variety of what I saw rolled over me like a wave. Being immersed in such a powerful new landscape I focused, as always on the birds, and tried to depict the way in which they fitted into the environment, like actors in a vast stage of natural beauty. My focus was on where sky meets land, sea meets sky and land meets the sea.

Trying to hold onto the essence of Laurieton from my drawings, my new work represents the memories and their lingering affect on me as an artist. They are pieces that evoke the intense moments of observation and my connection with place and nature."

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N I C O L A   H E N L E Y

Textile Artist

Co.Clare, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)86 3465684