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 […]

living at belsay exhibition 1996

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living at belsay exhibition
1996
a contemporary approach to furnishing an historic house : 4 may – 25 october 1996, belsay hall, northumberland

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

in the palmhouse 1983

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in the palmhouse
1983
42×43 cm
private collection
machine embroidered satin and cotton organdie
velvet frame

This piece won the First Prize in Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth Competition for Embroidery at Gawthorpe Hall near Burnley,
Lancashire.

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

 

 

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 […]

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 […]

boreas 1997

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boreas
1997
drawing, painting and bonding on silk
273×106 cm

FOR SALE

Boreas, the god of the north wind, sits on his alter and warms his hands over a brazier. They are Paddy’s hands!

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 […]

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

 

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

attributes of dionysus 1997

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attributes of dionysus
1997
drawing, painting and bonding on silk
sandblasted and painted wood
70x74cm

frame fabricated by Peter Habergham of ABS Display Graphics, Sowerby Bridge and painted by Paddy Killer for the In Arkadia touring exhibition

Each of the gods in the In Arkadia exhibition were surrounded by representations of their attributes

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

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

17th century costume study 2011

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17th century costume study
2011
drawing in indian ink on silk
38.5×30 cm

collection of JD Wetherspoon

one of 3 textile study drawings purchased for a Wetherspoon’s pub in Nottingham

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 […]

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

spitalfields study 7 2006

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spitalfields study 7
2006
drawing in indian ink on silk
38.5×30 cm
collection of jd wetherspoon,
one of three textile studies purchased by the interior designer for a Wetherspoon’s pub in Nottingham

16th century costume study 2006

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16th century costume study
2006
drawing in indian ink on silk
38.5×30 cm

collection of jd wetherspoon

one of 3 textile studies purchased by the interior designer for a Wetherspoon’s pub in Nottingham

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

 

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 […]

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 […]

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!

attributes of boreas (detail) 1997

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attributes of boreas (detail)
1997
74×74 cm
drawing, bonding and painting on antung & organza silks
university of strathclyde fine art collection

One of the Attributes of the Gods made for the In Arkadia exhibition. This one is for Boreas

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.

 

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

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.
 
 

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

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

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, […]

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
 
 

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

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

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