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© Nicola Henley
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Nicola Henley

Nicola Henley Textile printer
Contact
English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+353 863465684
© Max Mc Clure

Capturing the beauty of nature

  • • Nicola brings her textile pieces to life from drawings
  • • Her work is inspired by wild environments
  • • Birds are her constant muse

Standing in front of one of Nicola Henley’s textiles is like gazing into a vast landscape. She transports the viewer into the wilderness of her skies and seascapes, through layers of fabric and thread. She mixes intricate details with large-scale colour and texture, creating worlds of expansive energy and emotion, which capture the imagination. Nicola combines the techniques of textile printing and embroidery, joining these crafts in artistic harmony. She has been honing her skills for over thirty years, and has exhibited her work across the world. Her pieces can be found in the collections of the British Crafts Council and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

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Works

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Photo: © Max Mc Clure
Circle of Life

Circle of Life is a cotton calico wall hanging, dyed and hand painted with pigments. Its surface was textured with paper and fabric, using machine and hand stitch. It was created as a memorial piece for Nicola's mother, with sea gulls and wild roses depicting the wheel of life and regeneration.

Width 100 cm
Height 100 cm

Photo: © Max Mc Clure
Connemara Autumn

Connemara Autumn is a cotton calico wall hanging, dyed and hand painted with pigments. Its surface was textured with paper and fabric, using machine and hand stitch. It is a depiction of autumn shades in the mountains of Connemara, with ash leaf motifs and a single gull passing between the mountains.

Width 80 cm
Height 106 cm

Photo: © Max Mc Clure
Curlew, Gold Horizon

Curlew, Gold Horizon is a cotton calico wall hanging, dyed and hand painted with pigments. Its surface was textured with paper and fabric, using machine and hand stitch. It depicts curlews passing over the horizon, looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of County Clare, Ireland. The golden light of the horizon draws the observer towards the Land of the Young, the legendary Tír na nÓg.

Width 89 cm
Height 120 cm

Photo: © Max Mc Clure
Gull Wave, White Strand

Gull Wave, White Strand is a cotton calico wall hanging, dyed and hand painted with pigments. Its surface was textured with paper and fabric, using machine and hand stitch. Atlantic waves breaking at the headland of White Strand, west County Clare are depicted here. Three gulls are chasing the curling wave crest and coasting on the updraft of moving water.

Width 174 cm
Height 60 cm

Photo: © Max Mc Clure
Gulls, Golden Surge

Gulls, Golden Surge is a cotton calico wall hanging, dyed and hand painted with pigments. Its surface was textured with paper and fabric, using machine and hand stitch. It shows gulls ‘flirting’ with walls of crashing waves, in a dance of movement and light.

Width 80 cm
Height 92 cm

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