Flights of Discovery
Artist: Nicola Henley
On exhibit at Timeless Textiles until 17th March
Offering strong works of art at Timeless Textiles until 17th March is Irish artist Nicola Henley. Birds in gentle and elusive flight linger blithely on cotton calico, enriched by subtle machine stitching blending thread and dye.
The work captures an alarming sense of the spontaneity and capriciousness manifested in the initial drawings displayed in her sketch books. Delicately transferred to the calico, the many layered process does not reduce the early vision.
Line and embroidery emphasize shape providing a distilled edge. Cuckoos in Spring, echoes shadowed glimpses of birds embedded in pigment, the images haunting in their mimicking motion.
Alongside these commanding pieces are subtle drawings incorporating sketch and collage. Created to examine colour and composition the result is a series of masterful drawings demonstrating the artist’s ability to expose the fragility of the natural environment.
Photographs courtesy of Timeless Textiles and artist Nicola Henley