Catherine Nicholls brought some of her textile art to our March meeting. She began by telling us that the presentation she was about to give would be her last for the time being, so we were fortunate to have her visit our guild. She is looking forward to spending lots of time in her new studio on the Sunshine Coast, where she will use her many skills and techniques to create the art that is her passion. There will be opportunities, also, to be involved with the FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park nearby, after much time spent abroad.
Catherine’s creative process starts with an idea, a concept, or a thought that she wants to interpret through textiles, rather than with the fabric itself. Her inspiration comes from the myths, legends, and stories she hears, the people she meets, and the places she visits. She has an affinity for birds – her father was an ornithologist – as you can see in the works below.
Images of the natural world appear in her art, presented in a diversity of styles and created with a variety of textiles and media.
Words and language are particularly important to Catherine and are included often in her artwork.
We wish you many happy days in your studio, Catherine.
Catherine Nicholls’ website – ravensthread
Thanks to Bev D for some of the photos in this post.