Information from Nikki Parmenter
Nikki says: I am a self taught textile artist and initially trained as a fine artist and teacher. I taught for 30 years before taking early retirement in 2016, and since then l have been developing my talks, demonstrations and workshops. I specialise in mixed media, particularly free machine embroidery. I am influenced by mythology, symbolism, history, religion, different cultures, the Natural World, flora and fauna. My pieces are often large in scale, brightly coloured and heavily embellished. I have written articles for magazines, online forums and publications. I have exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions.
My talk will take the viewer on a journey across several continents and time periods. Come on a trip to India, Japan, Italy, Ancient Greece…..and B&Q! I l will explain my inspirations and working methods and show examples of pieces by other artists which have influenced the direction of my work.
The workshop will be called “Hundertwasser Lollipop Trees”; participants will make a circular piece using a copper hoop which will be wrapped with fabrics and threads. They will then create three lollipop trees with fabric, felt, embellishments and embroidery. More stitching will be added to the background as well as flower sequins. The finishing touches will be mirrors and a string of LED lights!
Materials to bring with you
Nikki will have lots of equipment with her but asks participating members to bring with them:
Pieces of felt and cotton fabrics
Sewing equipment including embroidery threads
Embellishments such as beads, Angelina fabric, etc.
Balls of wool if possible, preferably sparkly or multi-coloured, to wrap around the hoop
Also – Nikki will provide a hoop and string of lights at a cost of £1.50 per member (or supply own). Please remember to bring money!