phaethon and clymene 2003

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phaethon & clymene
2003
79×140 cm
drawing and machine embroidery on silk
private collection

made for the exhibition Sons and Mothers at the Collins Gallery, University of Stratclyde, Glasgow. It illustrates the boy racer Phaethon’s fatal chariot ride through the morning sky. After asking his mother Clymene if Apollo was really his father, he pleaded with Apollo to drive it for a […]

sir charles monck 1996

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sir charles monck
1996
drawing, painting and bonding on honan, organza and habotai silks
380×90 cm

In 1995 Paddy was awarded a Northern Arts Major Award to develop new work with diaphanous fabrics, the first of which was to be shown in the Pillar Hall as part of Living at Belsay project at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, during 1996 as part of the Year […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

chloris 1997

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chloris
1997
273×106 cm
drawing, painting and bonding on silk
private collection
photograph: keith paisley

Made for the In Arkadia touring exhibition. Chloris, as the goddess of spring, is surrounded by her attributes, as she stands on her altar

revels 1997

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revels
1997
285x107cm
drawing and machine embroidery on silk, painted wood frame
private collection

Made for the In Arkadia touring exhibition. This work portrays everyone who worked on the exhibition, and the gods, partaking in the sacred rites of Dionysus, who is sitting down after imbibing too much.

 

the pillars of art 1994

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the pillars of art
1994
235×140
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
site-specific commission for Bankfield Museum, Halifax

a site-specific commission for Bankfield Museum in Halifax. It is a quardratura view includes Edward Akroyd who built it, his life and details found in the museum and aspects of Halifax. Paddy and her cats are in it.
 
 

counterpane for dido and aeneas 1992

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counterpane for dido and aeneas
1992
250×250 cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk & cotton velvet
private collection

This counterpane was created for the Crafts Council touring exhibition Out of the Frame. It tells the story of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. It is dedicated to Mici Paddy’s cat who sadly died just before the piece was started

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