Carole Nicholls

I am a Mixed Media artist using a combination of fabric, paint, print and stitch.  The environment is my inspiration which I observe, draw and collect from.  Many years ago, I studied for a degree in printed textiles at Farnham Art College. At Farnham I was constantly inspired by the landscape and teaching ethos which was to embrace natural fibres and organic dyes.

My mother taught needlework so I was brought up sewing, often wearing some colourful creations! For many years I worked as a Baby Wear Buyer and later in life as an Art and Textiles Teacher at secondary school level.

Around 2010 I decided to take the City & Guild’s qualification in machine embroidery which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I studied under Pam Watts and as a result of this, I began to create hangings and framed pieces which I sold through exhibitions. 

I usually begin projects from a place of observation with drawings. I may use a base of calico and ghesso. I then build up the layers with cloth, stitch, paint and digital images, all linked to my original inspiration.

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