The Brit and the Great Bear

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the brit and the great bear

129x93cm
2016
Drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk. Painted wooden frame.
Made for the 62 Group exhibition, Making Space, at Macclesfield Silk Museum from 18.05.16 to 03.09.16. Then touring to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia in London from 2 to 5 March 2017, then touring to the Royal Highland Centre from […]

garthwaite with crawfish 2008

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garthwaite with crawfish
2008
38.5×30 cm
drawing in indian ink on silk
mdf frame rubbed with graphite

one of a series of works informed by historical textiles from public collections

 

 

airing my dirty washing in public 2008

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airing my dirty washing in public
2008
44.5x 30 cm
drawing in indian ink on silk
mdf frame rubbed with graphite

one of a series of drawings of my clothes

26@62+26 snippets

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26@62+26 snippets

2012
95x176cm
drawing in indian ink & bonding on silk

Made for the 62 Group’s 50th anniversity exhibition, 62@50, at the Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester

When the 62 Group turned 50, I was 62, and Paddy had been priveledged to be member for 26 years. This mini-retrospective of life-size snippets of 26 pieces I have shown in the Group’s exhibitions […]

the bride wore black 2006

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the bride wore black
2006
drawing and bonding on glass and silk
wooden frame rubbed with graphite
41.5×4.15×8.0 cm

FOR SALE

made for the 62 Group Tracing Threads at Hove Art Gallery. This is a 3D piece with 3 layers of glass. Each layer has drawing in Indian ink. The middle layer has drawing and bonding

consequences of mary swift 2011

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consequences of mary swift
2011
drawing in indian ink on silk
170×84 cm

made for the 62 Group exhibition Interventions at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester. It is a life-size consequences portrait of Paddy’s maternal grandmother who taught her to sew when Paddy was 5. It illustrates Mary’s clothing throughout her long life from her birth in 1873 to […]

one peugeot, two persians and paddy 1994

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one peugeot, two persians and paddy
1994
drawing, painting, marbling and machine embroidery on silk with a painted wood frame
71x50cm

a self-portrait with Persians Walter and Wilfred. Uriah was Paddy’s Peugeot at the time

 

walled in 2010

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walled in
2010
drawing in indian ink on silk, gesso, and bonded onto reclaimed bricks
55.5×55.5×7.5 cm

FOR SALE

Made for the 62 Group exhibition At a Tangent at Gallery Oldham
builders working on the flat upstairs
cracked walls and ceilings
flooded bathroom
flooded bedroom and living room
mouldy walls, clothes and furniture
insurance job
fell down some steps
broken hand
living in a hotel
possessions in storage
traumatised
trying to work
got asthma from the mould
Paddy’s story from the […]

demeter 1997

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demeter
1997
drawing, bonding and painting on silks
273x106cm

Made for Paddy’s touring exhibition In Arkadia.

Demeter, as the goddess of summer, is surrounded by her attributes, as she stands on her altar. The second image is Demeter at Belsay Hall

pillow talk – quotes from horace 2013

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pillow talk – quotes from horace
2013
drawing in indian ink on antung silk
315×32.3cm
private collection
Made for the 62 Group exhibition Small Talk at the Constance Howard Gallery at Goldsmith’s College, University of London
As a chronological documentation of the first year of Paddy’s bonkers Persian kittens, this filmstrip snaps imagery of imaginary bedtime communications from Horace, that is if […]

hm reprises her roles 2012

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hm reprises her roles
2012
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
painted frame
35x58cm

FOR SALE

Starring HM – Helen Mirren

HM 1 – Her Majesty Eliza 1 in a variant of the Armada portrait by George Gower

HM 2 – Her Majesty Eliza 11 in the Jubilee hat by Angela Kelly

Continuing Paddy’s research into historical costume

great great uncle abraham’s blues collection 2010

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great great uncle abraham’s blues collection
2010
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
80×60 cm

university of strathclyde fine art collection

made for the 62 Group exhibition Bending More Lines at Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands and the Collins Gallery at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. This work is about Paddy’s great great uncle who was a gentleman collector in London in the mid 19th century. […]

pose(ur)s through the looking glass 2009

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pose(ur)s through the looking glass
2009
drawing and painting on silk, mixed media
100x130x17 cm

FOR SALE

This mirror-image tableau portrays characters in Tennyson’s circle of friends, neighbours, and hangers-on, represented in paintings, illustrations, photographs, and Lynne Truss’ comic novel, Tennyson’s Gift. The piece celebrates the 200 anniversary of the birth of Tennyson and was made for the 62 group exhibition bending the line […]

bones, brains and bytes 2005

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bones, brains and bytes – chordata and cnidaria
2005
drawing and bonding on antung silk and silk organza
117×51 cm x 2

private collection

This piece was made for the 62 Group exhibition Encounters at Cambridge University Museum of Zoology and is informed by the museum’s collection and the taxonomy of the phylae Chordata and Cnidaria.

These images show Chordata and Cnidaria in situ at Cambridge University […]

how could she sleep at night? 2004

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how could she sleep at night?
2004
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
60×70 cm

private collection

Made for the 62 Group exhibition Of Material Concern at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. The piece depicts Marye Tudor catching a glimpse of herself in a strapwork mirror, after a good day’s elimination.

wunderkammer 2003

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wunderkammer
2003
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk with cotton velvet
113x65x10 cm

collection of Hampshire County Council

This piece was made for the 62 Group exhibition In Place at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck. It is about the collection of the excentric 5th Duke of Portland, the former owner of the estate

queen elizabeth’s wardrobe revamp’d 2002

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queen elizabeth’s wardrobe revamp’d
item 8 – jacket for a jubilee
2002
drawing, stencilling and machine embroidery on silk and cotton velvet
private collection
The jacket was made for the 62 Group exhibition In Context at the V&A in 2002.

Statement from the exhibition catalogue:
“Historical textiles rarely inform my work, although I give workshops on 16th century textiles using 20th century processes. This […]

my happy? family 2002

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my happy? family or I haven’t voted since your father died as I don’t have to cancel out his vote
2002
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin, silk, and cotton velvet
50x29x4cm

private collection

Made for the 62 Group exhibition Red at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery. It depicts Paddy with her family as in a Victorian folding photo frame. Her […]

researching grandfather 2001

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researching grandfather
2001
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
91×77.5 cm

collection of bankfield museum, halifax

Made for the 62 Group exhibition A Collective Response at Bankfield Museum, Halifax. The exhbition was so called for artists to respond to the collections in the museum. The piece illustrates the life of Paddy’s grandfather who was a soldier in the Duke of Wellington’s […]

jane and the garden station 2000

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jane and the garden station
2000
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
painted wood frame
87×58 cm

private collection

exhibited at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead in the 62 Group show Out of the Garden in 2000. It is a portrait of Jane Torday, writer and horticulturalist, outside The Garden Station. Jane started her business, The Garden Station, in the old railway station at Langley on Tyne, Northumberland in 2000. Paddy […]

ombra mai fu 1998

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ombra mai fu
1998
50x50cm
drawing and machine embroidery on silk
private collection

Ombra Mai Fu is an aria from Serse by Handel. It is also known as Handel’s Largo. Surely, any self-respecting Persian King would have Persian cats!

dionysus 1997

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dionysus
1997
273×106 cm
drawing, bonding and painting on antung and organza silks
collection of leeds city council at lotherton hall

Made for the In Arkadia touring exhibition. It represents a statuesque Dionysus with his rhyton and thursus standing on an altar draped with some of his other attributes.

henry purcell pillow 1992

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henry purcell pillow
1992
75×73 cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on honan silk
private collection

a precursor of the Counterpane for Dido and Aeneas. Made for the exhibition Take a Seat in Kings Lynn

little mermaid counterpane 1991

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little mermaid counterpane
1991
250x190cm
drawing, painting & machine embroidery on satin and silk
private collection

This counterpane was made for the book Fairytale Quilts and Embroidery by Gail Harker in 1992, published by Merehurst, ISBN 1 85391 145 3, pp86-89, 139. It illustrates the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson.

The images are of the counterpane hanging, a detail of the pillow, the […]

dutch cows and caterpillar legs 1989

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dutch cows and caterpillar legs
1989
65x40cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

In 1989 Paddy was one of 7 international textile artists invited to work with computerized multi-head embroidery machines in an art and industry project organised by Beatrijs Sterk of Deutsches Textileforum, with Z.S.K. Stickmachinen Gessellschaft mbH, Krefeld, Germany. This piece reflects the project and the leit motifs of that summer, […]

woman in the garden, weeding 1990

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woman in the garden, weeding
1990
97x83cm
drawing, letraset, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

Made for the 62 Group of Textile Artists exhibition Fascinating Fibres at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. The quote comes from a book of gardening lore