the topiary garden guardian 1990

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the topiary garden guardian
1990
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
painted wood frame
40×45 cm

private commission

one of the series of gardening angels

sympathy and get-well-soon cards for pets 2014

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These sympathy and get-well-soon cards for pets were commissioned by vet Lisa Kerr for her practice Vets4Pets Carlisle. The original drawings are in pen and ink on paper. Some of the animals are patients of the practice.

The pet cards are:
cat sympathy, dog sympathy, cat get well soon, dog get well soon, rabbit sympathy and get well soon, small furries sympathy and get well soon

athena and the owl shawl 1998

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athena and the owl shawl
1998
drawing and painting on silk organza
180×40 cm

private commission

This shawl is one of a series of one off hand drawn and painted shawls. This commission is part of a private collection

national garden festival 1990, the staithes 1986

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national garden festival 1990, the staithes
1986
machine embroidery on satin
42 x 59.4 cm

collection of gateshead council, commission for NGF 90

the only one of 4 pieces completed for posters for the National Garden Festival 1990 in Gateshead

alexander and penelope 2007

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alexander and penelope
2007
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
38.5x30cm

private collection

a commission for a husband and wife. Important things in their life are all around them

john the baptist window 2005

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john the baptist window
2005
design commission for a window in halifax minster in etched glass

Computer generated image of the commission to design a window for Halifax Minster in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The window was fabricated by Peter Habergham of ABS Display Graphics in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

marye the quene 2005

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marye the quene
2005
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
211×133 cm

commission for Hampshire County Council

Commissioned by Hampshire County Council to commemmorate the 450th anniversary the marriage of Mary Tudor to Philip the 2nd of Spain at Winchester Cathedral. The piece refers to paintings by Hans Eworth, Holbein & Titian.

sex and the seaside 2004

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sex and the seaside
2004
drawing, painting and machine embroidery
painted wood frame
260×99 cm

collection of kirklees council

Commissioned by Kirklees Council for their touring exhibition of cards by Bamforth & Co, Secrets of the Sexy Seaside Postcard. The piece depicts Bamforth’s characters as contemporary celebs on holiday in Benidorm, the new Blackpool.

They are, from left to right:
David Beckham, his missus, the […]

aquarius 2004

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aquarius
2004
drawing and machine embroidery on silk
70×65 cm

private collection

a commission for a friend of the Paddy

millennium plate design 2000

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millennium plate design
2000

The design for East Hartford Community Association millennium celebration plate. East Hartford is a former pit village in Northumberland

 

east hartford celebrates the millennium 2000

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east hartford celebrates the millennium
2000
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
181×80 cm

public commission

This is the commission for East Hartford Community Centre’s millennium celebrations. East Hartford is a former pit village in Northumberland

 

the veiled lady 1998

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the veiled lady
1998
282×132
drawing, bonding and painting on silk
site-specific commission for Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Site specific commission for Bankfield Museum in Halifax. It hangs next to The Pillars of Art in the Rotunda. The Veiled Lady is a bust by Italian artist Bazzanti, and stands on the mantlepiece in the library at Bankfield. I was asked to give […]

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

northern lights and northern sights 1996

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northern lights and northern sights
1996
489×737
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk, painted wood frame
air uk commission

Commissioned by Air Uk for their 1997 calendar. 12 artists were each sent to a destination Air UK flew to and were commissioned to make a work for that destination. Paddy was sent to Madrid an then to Aberdeen

tunnel vision 1996

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tunnel vision
1996
drawing in ink and watercolour on paper
commission for sustrans

drawing for a LandArt commission on the Sustrans C2C Cycle path, for an embankment design and planting on the Edinburgh/London Railway line at Chester le Street. The project was a collaboration between Paddy and horticulturist and writer Jane Torday. Jane subsequently created The Garden Station at […]

an aspiring hat 1994

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an aspiring hat
1994
drawing, painting and  machine embroidery on silk & cotton velvet
public collection

commissioned by Hereford Museums, this steeple henin and wimple hat celebrates Hereford, with imagery sourced around the city. Crockets decorate a spire – Hereford Cathedral’s spire fell down

cha’i-fu cheng 1994

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cha’i-fu cheng
1994
250×250 cm
drawing, painting, and machine embroidery on silk and cotton velvet
private collection

A private commission reflecting the nationalities of the commissioners – English & Chinese.The design is informed by a Cha’i Fu, a Mandarin’s robe, and Medieval imagery from the Cluny Museum in Paris

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.
 
 

waves counterpane 1993

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waves counterpane
1993
250×250 cm
drawing, painting, marbling, and machine embroidery on antung silk
private collection

A marine inspired counterpane to fit a bed by Cebuan de la Rochette. It was a private commission and Paddy worked with the interior designer

cupola hat 1993

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cupola hat
1993
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin and cotton velvet
private collection

commissioned by the Collins Gallery in Glasgow to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Scottish neoclassical architect and designer, Robert Adam. It represents a cupola roof. The ornament is sourced from the Etruscan room at Osterley Park in west London. There was a competition […]

stellae blundellae 1993

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stellae blundellae
1993
170x90cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk
private collection

a private commission, Stars of the Blundells, celebrating the birth signs and interests of the commissioners

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

who will wear the crown? 1991

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who will wear the crown? or viper hat
1991
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin and cotton velvet
commission for the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

made for the costume collection of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and inspired by 19th century reproduction maiolica-ware vases in their collection of applied art at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. It illustrates some […]

the hover mowers 1990

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the hover mowers
1990
40x45cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

this piece about gardening angels was a private commission

creation counterpane 1990

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creation counterpane
1990
250×250 cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk and cotton velvet
collection of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

The counterpane and bed were a collaborative commission between Paddy and Toby Winteringham for the Crafts at Home Showhouse at the National Garden Festival in Gateshead in 1990. The co was purchased from the Christie’s Silent Auction at the end […]

cornucopia dickie waistcoat 1988

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cornucopia dickie
1988
private collection
drawing, painting and machine embroidery

A dickie waistcoat with a quote: “prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue”. It was a private commission

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

 

northumberland wildlife trust 2008

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illustrations for the northumberland wildlife trust
2008
ink and watercolour on paper

commissioned drawings for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust for a leaflet to help residents look after their streams