Textile Art and illustration


illustration by Paddy Killer

Paddy Killer Art

textile art and illustration

Artist Paddy Killer has an international reputation for her work in textile art and especially machine embroidery and illustrations on silk and paper. She exhibits widely and is included in many public and private collections worldwide. As well as her textile art work and illustration, Paddy also gives lectures and teaches workshops. Paddy also works to commission for both public and private clients. Her textile art work is highly individual and incredibly detailed. Work includes fine art works, works for interiors including counterpanes and pillows and wearable pieces such as hats and waistcoats.

Paddy is one of the leading textile artists in the field of machine embroidery and her practiced work shows a degree of precision that appears to be as otherworldly as much of her subject matter. The fine art skills in Paddy’s illustrations on silk rival that of the most accomplished traditional artist working in conventional materials. Drawing adds to the three dimensionality of the textures, adding depth and life to her subjects.  Her maxim is “anything you can do on paper you can do on fabrics, but with the added beauty of texture”.

Paddy is originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire. After graduating from Birmingham Polytechnic, Paddy worked as embroidery designer with Bellville Sassoon in London and then  Marie-Paule in Montreal. In late 1973 she set up her own studio in London in Ontario and later moving to Edmonton in Alberta, before returning to set up in the UK in 1981. She has been a member of the 62 Group since 1985, exhibiting in virtually every exhibition of the Group since then.