PAT GIBSON

As a child Pat was always stitching. Her dolls had hand-made clothes, some made by her mother, others altered from child’s clothes originally made by her maternal grandmother. I suppose you could say it is in the genes!  Pat trained to teach home Economics and Textiles but now, having retired, teaches from home, still doing much of the same.  Lace making, particularly needlelace has fascinated her for many years, which gives her the excuse to continue stitching. She has a large collection of antique lace, much of which is fine needlelace. She has been fortunate, as a result of this, to study at close hand its structure and design.  Much of her early work is based on the designs found in these pieces.  The next step in all of this was to experiment with thread colours and texture changes but still maintain the stitch formation. This led to interesting and exciting effects and a constant desire to experiment further. The ability to use a needle and to be so creative gives her a great deal of satisfaction.  Pat’s present work, though still very stitcherly, also involves the use of other mediums. Paper and felt give interesting dimensions to the work, along with machine embroidery, particularly lace-like machining.  She would consider herself more of a textile artist than a lace maker, but the needlelace still remains her primary interest.  Pat's inspiration comes from many sources- rock formations, scenery of places viisted, plants and the shadows and spaces created by them and also derelict buildings and stonework.  These sources are illustrated through them many mediums available to us nowadays.  Experimentation is an important part of her work.

Miniature Carriage Parasol

Miniature Carriage Parasol

by Pat Gibson Point de Gaze style needlelace 50 diameter

Llanberis Reflections

Llanberis Reflections

by Pat Gibson Mixed media background and needlelace in 3D to form the icicles. Inspired by photograph of a frozen waterfall in the Lake District. 43 x 26

Bishop's Palace, St David's, Pembrokeshire

Bishop's Palace, St David's, Pembrokeshire

by Pat Gibson Printing using intense blocks, surface needlelace 31 x 20

Bracket fungi

Bracket fungi

by Pat Gibson Needlelace attached to a piece of 'bog oak'. This fungi was growing on a huge log outside the visitors centre at Gilfach nature reserve. 20cm high

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

by Pat Gibson Necklace in needlelace, worked from a pattern for tape lace given to Pat by two Dutch ladies who attended her class at 'Threads 90' in Bradford 27cm long

Aberglasney

Aberglasney

by Pat Gibson Mixed media and needlelace to depict 'Dutchman's cap' growing in the old kitchen at Aberglasney. 50 x 58

Homage to Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Homage to Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

by Pat Gibson Mixed media and needle lace 60x30x45cm

Autumn bowl

Autumn bowl

by Pat Gibson Made using machine made tape tacked to dissolve and some lace fillings done by machine and then the rest by hand; formed over a bowl while removing some of the dissolvable fabric

Hot lace

Hot lace

by Pat Gibson Needlelace 'stitches' created using a soldering iron on Lutrador 64 x 80 Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014

There has to be an odd one, see how they have grown

There has to be an odd one, see how they have grown

by Pat Gibson Stylised fushia flowers worked in needlelace using fine paper covered wire and silk thread. The larger flowers are worked using jute and linen. All are attached to cheese wire 90cms high Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014

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There has to be an odd one, see how they have grown

by Pat Gibson Stylised fushia flowers worked in needlelace using fine paper covered wire and silk thread. The larger flowers are worked using jute and linen. All are attached to cheese wire 90cms high Exhibited at Shape Shifting, 2014