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Continuing with my current mini obsession with stitch work.  See previous post!

At first glace this could be a detail from a vintage embroidered dress or purse, turn of the century maybe ? But this is actually from a piece by Karen Nicol who produces beautiful modern art based on traditional techniques.

Karen Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile artist who specialises in Irish, Cornelly, Multihead, beading and hand embroidery. She is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art and exhibits with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Take a trip to her Website  for more beautiful images including lacework and items designed for an impressive list of clients including Anthropologie, Lulu Guinness and Bruce Oldfield.

When you draw back you see that the detail is from this delicately worked Swan.






I am particularly fond of the less traditional very tactile Bear pictured below along with a detail from one of her lace pieces.







All pictures © karen nicol 2010

What is particularly exiting { well to me } is that she has produced a book !

Titled ” Embellished – New Vintage” and published by A & C Black Publishers Ltd. The publicity describes it as  “A beautiful, elegant, and visually intelligent look-book, Embellished contrasts vintage objects, collected over the years, with cutting-edge contemporary decoration for fashion and textiles.”   It is due to be publised at the begining of July and I cant wait. See more details here –Embellished: New Vintage [Hardcover] [link takes you to Amazon]

I found Karens work via a very informative blog post with beautiful images and a Q&A with Karen herself here at  Lovely Textiles , thankyou to its owner who has produced a blog “about fabric, makers and artists” which I knew I would love when they described themselves as  “Actually, a totally and utterly insane in the mummy membrane textile bore of horrifically tedious proportions”.  Go and look around!!


About aalid

Book loving, craft obsessed, retro, library working, slightly geeky female. Probably old enough to know better but refusing to learn, persistantly looking for the aesthetically pleasing in life to cheer up my apparently miserable face! The Mage and Raven is my bookshop - it doesnt exist - except for inside my brain.

3 responses »

  1. Wow! The monkeys are very powerful pieces.

    • Arn’t they! there is something slightly off centre about them coupled with the delicate stitchery makes them fascinating. Thank You for commenting and I am going to explore your blog too!

  2. Pingback: The Art of Karen Nicols | Wai-Yuk Kennedy Textile Art

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