Art in Focus – October 2023
Threads through Creation exhibition
Panel 6: Water & Sky – splash with colour
Jacqui Parkinson, 2023
When twelve members from our local church visited Ely Cathedral for a prayer and study day based around a textile exhibition, they were not prepared for the sheer size and exuberance of the works on display. It was, they said, ‘almost overwhelming beauty, God’s abundance and extravagant imagination, no constraints’. Born in Manchester, the artist Jacqui Parkinson taught drama and directed an arts centre before joining an evening class in stitching. She was hooked! She went on to take a degree in embroidered textiles and has been making huge textile panels ever since. Her designs are constructed mainly using paint, hand stitching, beads and ribbons, appliqué work, and photo printed linens. Panel 6 of this series focusses on the creation of the seas, inspired by the sheer abundance and diversity of the creatures in and around earth’s oceans, seas and rivers.
Art in focus is curated by Meryl Doney
This article was published in the October 2023 edition of Reform