Paddy Killer

Paddy Killer


Artist and illustrator, producing 2D and 3D, functional and non-functional work.

Artist Paddy Killer has an international reputation for her work. She exhibits widely and is included in many public and private collections worldwide, as well as giving lectures and teaching workshops, and working to commission. Her work is highly individual and detailed, becoming unashamedly ever more figurative and narrative.

After graduating from Birmingham Polytechnic, Paddy worked as embroidery designer with Belleville Sassoon in London and Marie-Paule in Montreal. In late 1973 she set up her studio in Canada, and in 1981 returning, to work in the UK. Anything you can do on paper you can do on fabrics, but with the added beauty of texture is a maxim of hers, illustrating her interest in historical art, architecture, music, gardens, and latterly, textiles themselves. In her practice she produces non-functional pieces, and functional ones for interiors and wearables, as well as book illustration and computer graphics.

Following an Arts Council grant to develop new work, Paddy began drawing on fine silks, using technical drawing pens and Indian ink, remediating textures and pattern found in fine and applied art. In 2005, whilst working on the commission for a life-size portrait of Mary Tudor, Paddy remediated her clothing with drawing. Thus commenced a new body of work informed by lace, embroidered, woven, and printed textiles, from collections such as the V&A. Recently she has been working on a series of Still Lives, montages and vignettes of everyday life, informed by costume, flora and fauna, and objects d’art.

Drawing and research have always been the bases of Paddy’s work; now she uses the computer as a sketchbook, drawing with a digital tablet and pen. She has employed wood, plaster, ceramics and glass in her practice, but working with textiles is the medium to which she always returns.

IN A PILE | The artist's newly ironed clothes from the Still Lives body of work, montages and vignettes of everyday life, informed by costume, flora and fauna, and objects dart
TALECOAT A 1998 | National Lottery & Arts Council England North East commission for storyteller Taffy Thomas MBE. Described as a storytelling "juke-box", all the images on the coat are of stories in Taffy's repertoire; point to one, and he will tell one.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Workshops: Yes
Talks: Yes
Commissions: Yes