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 […]

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

 

 

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 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

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

 

medieval tiles shawl 2 1996

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medieval tiles shawl 2
drawing and painting on silk organza
40×200 cms

one of a series of one off hand drawn and painted shawls informed by encaustic tiles

dionysus shawl 1997

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dionysus shawl
drawing and painting on silk
180×40 cm

one of a series of one off hand drawn and painted shawls. Made for a publicity shoot for Paddy’s In Arkadia touring exhibition

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

fern shawl 1996

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fern shawl
1996
drawing and painting on silk
180×40 cm

private collection

one of a series of one off hand drawn and painted shawls

dragon shawl 1999

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dragon shawl
1999
drawing and painting on silk
80×40 cm

private collection

one of a series of one off hand drawn and painted shawls

medieval tiles shawl 1 1997

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medieval tiles shawl 1
1997
drawing and painting on silk organza
hand fringed
80×40 cm

private collection

One of a series of one off hand drawn shawls informed by tiles found in cathedrals throughout Britain
This one is informed by tiles from Chester Cathedral

leo pillow 1996

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leo pillow
1996
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk and cotton
30cm diameter

private collection

one of a series of pillows for interiors

square fleur de lys TexTiles pillow 2005

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square fleur de lys TexTiles pillow
2005
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on antungsilk

one of a series of pillows for interiors. The imagery is from the encaustic floor tiles found in cathedrals.

chinese cranes pillow 1994

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chinese cranes pillow
1994
drawing, painting & machine embroidery on antung silk
58x58cm

private collection

one of series of pillows for interiors. This pillow is informed by chinese ornament, and the cranes symbolise longevity

cosmic counterpane 1993

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cosmic counterpane
1993
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on antung silk and cotton velvet
250×250 cm

The counterpane represents the Copernican system of the planets and astrology

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 […]

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

lost 2007

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lost
2007
drawing in indian ink on silk
mdf frame rubbed with graphite
38.5×30 cm

private collection

one of a series of studies of historical textiles with a twist, an angel fish

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 […]

fleur de lys TexTile bolster pillow 2005

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fleur de lys TexTile bolster pillow
2005
painting and machine embroidery on silk
40×80 cm

private collection

One of the series of TexTile pillows for interiors. The imagery is from the encaustic floor tiles of various cathedrals.

chester TexTiles bolster 2005

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chester TexTiles bolster
2005
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on honan silk
80×40 cm

private collection

one of a series of pillows for interiors. The imagery is from the encaustic floor tiles of various cathedrals. This bolster imagery is from Chester Cathedral

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.

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

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 […]

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

 

boreas plate 1999

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boreas plate
1999
drawing and painting in underglaze on a bisque fired plate

one of four plates drawn and painted by Paddy and glazed and fired by Paul Scott for the exhibition The Plate Show, which he curated at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow

dionysus plate 1999

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dionysus plate
1999
drawing and painting in underglaze on a bisque fired plate

one of four plates drawn and painted by Paddy and glazed and fired by Paul Scott for the exhibition The Plate Show, which he curated at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow

chloris plate drawing 1999

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chloris plate drawing
1999
drawing and painting in underglaze on a bisque fired plate

this is the working drawing produced by Paddy on the computer for one of four plates drawn and painted by Paddy and glazed and fired by Paul Scott for the exhibition The Plate Show, which he curated at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow

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 […]

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 […]

tiles shawl 1998

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tiles shawl
180x40cm
drawing and painting on silk
private collection

One of a series of shawls informed by tiles found in cathedrals throughout Britain. This one is from Chester Cathedral

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

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!

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

belsay capital 1997

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belsay capital
1997
sandblasted marble

Fabricated by Peter Habergham of ABS Dislay Graphics for the In Arkadia touring exhibition.

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

maiolica cherub hat 1991

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maiolica cherub hat
1991
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

one of a series of hats informed by Italian Rennaisance maiolicaware vases
the cherubs image is from the fireplace frieze at the Ducal Palace in Urbino

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 […]

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

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

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

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, […]

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

a peach of a hat 1988

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a peach of a hat
1988
painting and machine embroidery on satin and cotton velvet
private collection

one of a series of fantastical hats from drawings for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

 

peacock topiary hat 1988

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peacock topiary hat
1988
machine embroidery on velvet
private collection

one of a series of fantastical hats for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

san marco hat 1988

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san marco hat
1988
painting, drawing, marbling and machine embroidery on silk and cotton
private collection

informed by the ornament found in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, including the poles for parking gondolas

an urnest hat 1988

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an urnest hat
1988
drawing in ink, watercolour and marbling on paper
painted wood frame rubbed with graphite
private collection

one of a series of drawings of fantastical hats for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria. A character from a painting Exaltation of the Cross by Piero della Francesca in Chiesa di San Francesco, Arezzo

 

a capital hat 1988

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a capital hat
1988
40x30cm
drawing in ink, watercolour and marbling on paper
private collection

one of a series of drawings of fantastical hats for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria. The Duke of Mantua sports the titfer. It is informed by Mantegna’s paintings on the walls of the Camera degli Sposi at the Ducal Palace in […]

cornucapia 1988

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cornucapia
1988
30x40cm
drawing in ink, watercolour and marbling on paper

one of a series of drawings of fantastical hats for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

hearticultural seeds 1988

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hearticultural seeds
1988
20x10cm
drawing in ink & watercolour on paper
private collection

one of a series of drawings based on seed packets, for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

18th century style flower long waistcoat 1985

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18th century style flower long waistcoat
1985
private collection
painting and machine embroidery on satin

The pattern shape was sourced from Tyne & Wear Museums’ collection of 18th century waistcoats

white dickie waistcoat 1985

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white dickie waistcoat
1985
machine embroidery on satin
private collection

One of a series of 1930s style dickie waistcoats.

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

sewing seeds 1998

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sewing seeds
1998
20x29cm
drawing, painting and machine embroidery on satin
private collection

this piece is based on one of a series of drawings of seed packets, for the The Horticulture Show exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria. This piece was made for an exhibition at Liberty of London
 
 

sewing seeds drawing 1998

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sewing seeds drawing
1988
20x10cm
drawing ink and watercolour on paper

one of a series of seed packet sized drawings for the exhibition The Horticulture Show at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal

18thc engraving waistcoat drawing 1988

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18thc engraving waistcoat drawing
1988
A3
ink and watercolour on paper
private collection

This waistcoat drawing is one of a proposed series informed by 18th century Dutch hand-coloured engravings. The actual waistcoat was purchased by the Embroiderers’ Guild for their collection at Hampton Court.

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

trying-to-work-mates 1984

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trying-to-work-mates
1984
23x36cm
machine embroidery on satin
private collection

a self-portrait with Mici the cat

sleeping partners in a bed of roses 1985

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sleeping partners in a bed of roses
1985
56.5×44.5 cm
machine embroidery on satin
private collection

Paddy with red hair, newly pierced ears, and her cat Mici in her newly painted bedroom with pink walls and sheets

every picture sells a story 1985

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every picture sells a story
1985
40x53cm
machine embroidery on satin

a theraputic piece following the break-up of a marriage

dreamed garden – et in arcadia ego 1984

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dreamed garden – et in arcadia ego
1984
62x78cm
machine embroidered & appliqued satin & cotton velvet
painted wood frame
private collection

one of a series of Dreamed Garden pieces, alluding to the lack of summer in the NE of England where Paddy lives

outside from in 1984

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outside from in
1984
26×30 cm
machine embroidery on satin & OHP acetate

Last of the hothouse series, before Paddy moved out of the hothouse and into the garden

victorian conservatory 1984

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victorian conservatory
1984
33x40cm
machine embroidery and applique on OHP acetate

is it really winter outside? 1984

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is it really winter outside?
1984
42x38cm
machine embroidery and applique on OHP acetate

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

 

still life in my girlie shed 2007

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still life in my girlie shed
2007
67×54 cm
drawing in indian ink on silk
mdf frame rubbed with graphite
private collection

made for the exhibition In Praise of Sheds at the Garden Station, Langley, Hexham. It illustrates the things stored in Paddy’s shed