Nicki McLean

Lincolnshire based Carver & Willow Weaver

Nicki is participating in ESC Artists Stamford Arts Centre Autumn Exhibition in the Gallery, 25 October – 5 November, and Artists Markets in the Ballroom on 11 June & 5 November 2017.

I have explored and pursued my creative instinct throughout my life by painting, carving and sculpture.

Initially I studied Interior Design (BA Hons) through which I discovered my ‘eye’ for form and design. Later, whilst raising my family, I realised my dream of achieving a Fine Art Degree through Anglia Ruskin University.

Deeply affected by earth, sky and spirit, my work visualises an ancestral narrative.

Discovering willow weaving was for me a connection with our ancient land, its wonderful how the the willow sculptures emerge from my hands and still have movement upon completion.

My largest piece to date is a twelve foot standing man, commissioned by Lincoln County Council sited at Tupholme Abbey.

I have been privileged to work at Glastonbury Festival with Glennie Kindred, author and illustrator. We created a peaceful ‘Earth’ garden with a magical essence. In willow I interpreted her triple spiral archway drawing, with crows sitting on top of it, hares leaping off, and a willow dolmen in the circular space of the garden.

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I have exhibited in Stamford with Art On the Map, about 8 years ago. I also currently have a body of work on the walls in the Cellar Bar.

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