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 […]

william lawson pillows 2000

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william lawson pillows
2000
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
60×60 cm

various private collections

Thomasina Beck asked Paddy if she would make up the pillows she drew for her illustration of Elizabethan Project in Thomasina’s book Gardening with Silk and Gold. They were shown at the book launch in Japan. The pillows are informed be the garden plans of designer William Lawson.

the stones of venice 2000

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the stones of venice
2000
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk, set in plaster with a painted wood frame

private collection

made for the exhibition Art of The Stitch 2001 at the Mall Galleries, London, and Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead. It alludes to John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice. Source material for this piece comes various locations in Venice including St Mark’s, the Ca […]

talecoat 1998

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talecoat

1998
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk & cotton velvet
National Lottery Commission & Northern Arts commission for Taffy Thomas
photograph: keith paisley

Described as a storytelling “juke-box”, all the images on the coat are of stories in Taffy’s repertoire; point at one and he will tell one. Paddy with Taffy in the Lit and Phil in Newcastle

gardening with silk and gold illustrations 1997

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gardening with silk and gold illustrations
1997
David & Charles
ISBN 0 7153 0487 9
pp12, 40, 64, 67, 80, 100, 120, 137, 140-1, 142-3, 153, 154

Illustrations for Thomasina Beck’s book Gardening with Silk and Gold

drawing for waves counterpane 1993

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drawing for waves counterpane
1993
41×59 cm
drawing and watercolour on paper
collection of the V&A Museum, London

working drawing for the Waves Counterpane. It was purchases for the Word and Image department of the V&A in London. The drawing is in the book Embroidery Designs for Fashion and Furnishings: Moira Thunder, V&A Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978 1 85177 814 0, p117

the embroiderer’s flowers illustrations 1992

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the embroiderer’s flowers illustrations
1992
David & Charles
ISBN 0 7153 9901 2
pp10, 31, 32, 60, 89, 90, 108, 126

illustrations for the chapter headings for Thomasina Beck’s book The Embroiderer’s Flowers. The original drawings are in various private collections

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 […]

punto in aria 1990

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punto in aria
1990
drawing, painting & machine embroidery on satin, painted wood frame
collection of The Embroiderers’ Guild, Hampton Court

Punto in aria is a textile technique and the literal translation is stitching in the air, which is what the characters in this typical Feast of the Gods. Characters represented are Federico da Montefeltro, who was the Duke of […]

the gardenia garden guardian 1990

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the gardenia garden guardian
1990
40x45cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

one of a series of gardening angels

il rinascimento 1989

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il rinascimento
1989
60x40cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

made for the exhibition Contemporary British Embroidery at the Contemporary Textile Gallery, London. It celebrates Aquarian Paddy’s 40th birthday

18thc engraving waistcoat 1989

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18thc engraving waistcoat
1989
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
collection of  embroiderers’ guild
This waistcoat is one of a proposed series informed by Dutch hand-coloured prints, and was purchased by the Embroiderers’ Guild for their collection. The preliminary drawing is in a private collection

 

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

the mirror 1986

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the mirror
1986
150x125cm
painting and machine embroidery on satin

Made for the Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition Stitched Textiles for Interiors at the Royal Institute of British architects in London. It is on the front cover of the book Designer Textiles by Fiona Adamczewski, 1986, David & Charles: ISBN 0 7153 9040 6, pp90, 91

the embroiderer’s story 1995

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the embroiderer’s story
1995
David & Charles
ISBN 0 7135 0238 8
pp11,24, 39, 60, 88, 94, 98, 114, 128, 154, 155

Illustrations for the book The Embroiderer’s Story by Thomasina Beck