At his home in the small coastal village of New Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis, creating has become a way of life for self-taught artist Tom Hickman, from dry stone walls to wool-work pictures and everything in-between. Whatever the material, he follows his impulse to capture the whimsical, embellish the practical and express the emotional.
Using reclaimed Harris Tweed wools he stitches complex high relief stump-work embroidery as well as jovial images of local crofters’ sheep. These are threaded artworks that you'll be able to see at Bath's Victoria Art Gallery until 10 May 2017. The exhibition, entitled Following the Thread, will reveal a collection of Hickman's latest needlework. There'll also be a free Artist's Talk on Friday 10 March from 11am, if you can make it. Discover more at www.victoriagal.org.uk.
All images courtesy of Victoria Art Gallery | Main image: Mixed Fruit, Tom Hickman, 2016