Jacqui Parkinson

Textile Artist


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Introducing Jacqui's Work

Jacqui's work catches the eye and challenges the mind.
It's all about putting ideas into action, exploiting many materials and techniques in order to get a message across.

She uses a powerful graphic instinct together with the intimacy of the hand-stitched line to create work that feels highly spontaneous, very lively, moving and thoroughly engaging.


Her Christian faith underpins all her art. She often includes words, sometimes precise extracts from the bible, or words that sum up ideas and feelings to form part of a graphic narrative and to draw the viewer in. Typically, her pieces have great impact from a distance; they engage the viewer, then encourage close inspection and contemplation. You can enjoy the big picture and the tiny detail.


Threads and Ripples

Commissioned by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital chaplaincy - a large panel approximately 152cms (60”) wide, 80cms (32”) in height and 5cms (2”) in depth, with words from past and present chaplains and lay workers - words from the bible and other sources.
If you would like to be part of a related, bigger project then please do contact us.




Threads through Revelation

In 2013, inspired by Chagall's large paintings on the bible, Jacqui embarked upon a very large project based on the book of Revelation. Each of the 14 panels are about 3 metres high and one to three metres wide. She enjoyed tackling new subject material, such as seven headed dragons, angels and six-winged creatures covered all over with eyes. All very challenging!

Threads through Revelation may be the largest textile art project by a single artist, ever. It was over three years in the making and took more than 11 milion stiches. If the panels are put side by side it stretches over 30 metres.

From 2016 to 2018 it toured 13 cathedrals in Britain. At least half a million people saw Threads through Revelation.

If you would like to consider sponsoring future work then please email Jacqui at jacqui.textiles@gmail.com




Community Workshops and group work

As an experienced teacher, Jacqui can help groups and school classes to be very creative and to produce results which all can be proud of. Art and History Projects in 2014 included sessions in primary and secondary schools in conjunction with her exhibition at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 'Love, Loss and Laundries'. These workshops combined art, stitching and drama to see children learning and empathizing with a community of girls from around 1890s. The art books which came out of the workshops became a much admired part of the exhibition.

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Schools Workshops — Street Banners

To coincide with town celebrations, Jacqui was invited to create a set of banners for the high street in Cullompton. She took workshops in four primary schools and made selections from the huge variety of images and patterns the children had created.
From these she worked out a series of designs which retain the charm, naivete and fun of the children's original work.

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Schools Workshops — Art and Christianity

Recent projects include a series of sessions in primary based on 'Threads through Revelation'. Here the children enjoyed an exploration of The Throne Room in the fourth chapter of Revelation - they particularly liked the four living creatures who all have eyes all over and six wings! They produced spectacular mobiles which make the scene three dimensional.