Faces, Figures, & Fabrics, Paddy Killer’s exhibition at Newcastle Arts Centre, ends on Friday, so very little time to get down there. Hope you manage/managed to get to see it.
All the exhibits are for sale. Also for sale are Greetings Cards & packs of Paddy’s postcards.
This is the article by David Whetstone in the Newcastle Chronicle
PADDY’S STATEMENT from the exhibition
Paddy Killer has been drawing faces and figures on fabrics for many years, most of them life-size. Those portrayed range from the gods of Ancient Greece to herself, and most recently, Tim Peake.
Her maxim, “Anything you can do on paper you can do on fabric, but with the added beauty of texture” is well known to many who know her. Research is the basis of her work, and drawing and painting, her techniques. Machine embroidery adds an extra 3-dimensionality to some works, and humour is often present. She draws on anything, silk, glass, wood, ceramics, as well as paper for book illustrations. Many people think she makes hats and bedspreads, but she has not made an “Art” hat since 1993, and a counterpane since 1994! Although Paddy uses the computer for research and planning, she fabricates all the work by hand, even the frames.
Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, Paddy graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic, then worked for haute-couture house Bellville Sassoon in London before emigrating to Montreal, then moving London in Ontario, then Edmonton in Alberta, before returning to the UK in 1981 to live in Newcastle, where she has been ever since.
“Paddy Killer’s new work is physically remediated in its creation and realisation; but unlike the video, the digital virtual realities of interactive games, webcasts, and rolling news programmes which vanish without the spark of electricity to sustain their graphic interface, her works on textile have a tactile materiality and physicality that is key to their beauty and ability to speak to us. Most of her (apparently drawn) line work was, for many years, machine embroidered; but today more often than not it is actually drawn line on silk. This is no accident, but a carefully considered development; she has always loved the physical process of drawing. That she should develop her own methodology of physical, direct drawing on silk (a far eastern tradition going back centuries) to represent the patterns created by sewing or embroidering textile is ironic, but the concept of remediation is central to the tale.
Whilst embroidery is no longer seen as fronting the cutting edge of contemporary practice, it is still alive and re-inventing itself, and Killer is one of its leading practitioners. She is uncomfortable with the rigid categorisation of art practice, (pointing out material anomalies where in Western Art, stitched or drawn textile is considered craft, but oil painted textile (canvas) fine art), and when you consider her recent work it is easy to understand why”
Artist, writer & lecturer Paul Scott writing about Paddy’s work in 2006.