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Pat Hodson

I make unique book objects, and multiples as well as folded hung artworks – combining hand and digital processes: inkjet print with tactile paper collage; I use paper collage, as well as alternatives

I make books 3D forms and wall based artworks. I work freely with both techniques and with materials, experimenting with print, cutting and layering of paper and other materials.

I explore ideas around the tactile and the illusory, through the tensions between hand drawn marks with the suggested computer drawn marks, and how hand applied colour - pigment, yarn, crayon or dye - and whether inlaid or overlaid, interacts with the inkjet printed colour. Further marks might be added after printing, by laser cutting, or by piercing and punching – marks which erupt through the paper.

Why books? Since the early 1990's I have recorded my explorations of materials and of colour within the book form. These began with dye on cloth, and paper, later digital image, printed on to experimental substrates, whether inkjet on paper collage or thermal transfer on synthetic, heat fused collage.

A book might simply record my experience of place or time, or it might be somewhere I can 'draw out' a visual idea into a sequence, where each page becomes a fragment of the whole.

Within the covers, the coloured dyes and pigments are protected from inevitable change.


I have been exhibiting since the 1970’s, and internationally from 1992. I was awarded travel Burseries from the Arts council for several of these; China in 1997, Japan in 2002, Finland in 2005 and U.S. in 2007.


Solo exhibitions

2011 - The illusory and the Real, Phillip Goulden Gallery, Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset

2007 - The Illusory and the Real : Dye colour and Digital Colour, Leedy Voulkous Art Centre, Kansas City USA

2003 - Work with Silk, collage and digital imaging, Zijdmuseum, Meliskerke, Zeeland, The Netherlands

1995 - Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Sheffield

1988 - Leeds Playhouse Gallery

1980 - Mid-Pennine Arts Association

Group Exhibitions

2018 : FORTHCOMING : Responsive Paper (IAPMA exhibition), Sophia, Bulgaria

2018 : Forthcoming : Amateras International Paperart Exhibition, Sophia, Bulgaria

2018 : Forthcoming : Papier Global 4, Degendorf, Germany


2016/2017 : The Box Project: Works from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection, Book publication date:  June 2016.
The exhibition will open at the Fowler Museum at UCLA  in the fall of 2016 travelling to Racine Art Museum (spring 2017) and the Textile Museum at George Washington University (fall 2017).Group exhibitions

2016/17  : Exhibitions with IAPMA (international Paper artists and makers)

Inspired by Paper : European tour

Luminous Within : Australia tour

Luminous Within : America’s  tour

A Feast of Paper : China tour

2016 : UK : Telling in Full (Group exhibition as part of the Lancaster Words Festival)

2016 : Shakespeare Now!: Exhibition of artists Books Hornby library, Liverpool

2015 : UK : Sheffield International Artists Book Prize Exhibition

2015 - US : Concealed, Confined, Collected, Minnesota Centre for Bookarts, US

2014   Artists Book exhibition, Hornby Library, Liverpool

2014   Printing, Sheffield, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2013   The Art and Soul of Paper, Mandells Gallery, Norwich

2012 - Papier Global 2, Deggendorf Museum, Deggendorf, Germany

2012 - 'Watermarks' Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland Ohio

2011 - Faszination Papier, Touring to various venues in Europe, Europe

2011 - Leaf and Bound, International Book and Paper Art Exhibition, Eureka College, , Illinois, USA

2011 - Paper and Type - Print, Korean Craft Museum, Cheongju, Korea

2011 - Silver, Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria

2010 - Place and Identity, Drumcroon Education Art Centre, Wigan UK

2009 - Icelandic Notebooks, Access Media Lab, Sheffield, Sheffield

2009 - Looking Forward : Contemporary European batik, Textures Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

2009 - Papier Global 1, Deggendorf Museum, Deggendorf, Germany

2008 - Holland Paper Biennale, Rijswick `Museum, , Netherlands

2007 - Fiberart International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsbugh, USA and Touring

2005 "Transient Surface" - European Abstraction. a special exhibition of five European Batik Artists. Part of the World Batik Conference, Massachusetts College of Art: Boston, USA

2005 - Northern Fibre 6 (Wo)man and Technology. international exhibition Arts Council grant towards costs, Kerava Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2003 Batik Art in Motion, Museum of Industrial Archaology and Textiles, Ghent, Belgium

2003 - Encounters with New Technology, Drumcroon Gallery & Art Centre, Wigan, Greater Manchester

2003 - 'Tradition and Technology' Invited to Exhibit, lead workshops and make presentation at conference, Exhibition: Aarhus Kunstbygning. Workshops at Aarhus Husset, Aarhus, Denmark 2002 - Hanover, Handswerksform, Batik of Change

2002 - International exhibition, batik, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Urawa City, Japan

2001 - Kunst Fordert Kunst, Berlin, various venues 2001 - 'Taktha' exhibition and symposium, Gallery im parc, Berlin, touring to Koln (Galerie Smend), Lodz, Poland, (Central Museum of Textiles)

1999 - Artful Boxes, , touring UK 1999 - Gwent international Batik exhibition, symposium

1998 - Sheffield Threads, Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield

1998 - Small Pieces, with NFibre Art, touring: France; Barcelona, Spain; Germany

1997 - International Exhibition and Conference, Guiyang Museum, Guizhou Province, China 1997 - Wexford Book Exhibition (annual)

1996 - Bishops House Museum, Sheffield

1996 - Fibre on the Outside, ETN Conference, Norton Priory, Runcorn, Manchester

1995 - With Batik Guild, Malone House, Belfast 1994 - Batik Guild, Birkenhead Museum 1994 - Batik Guild, National Theatre

1994 - Fibre Art, Mid-Pennine Arts Association 1994 - Fibre Art, Plymouth University 1994 - Fibre in the Open, Fibre Art, Norton Priory

1993 - International Batik Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia

1993 - Piece Hall, Halifax 1

1991 - With Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust, Midland Station and Sheffield Cathedral

1990 - Anglo-Chinese Batik Exhibition, University of Guizou, China

1989 - Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield

Corporate commissions 2007 - Crystalinex4 (Unique Collage Bookwork), Lloyd T Cotsen collection "The Box project", Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, USA

Projects 2009 - A collaborative project involving visuals, sound and poetry – residency in Iceland in 2009 followed by an ‘Off the Shelf’ event at Access Media Lab, Sheffield and Stage@Leeds, NES, SKAGASTROND, Iceland/UK 2004 -

Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Purchase Award : Best in show, (Leaf and Bound, International Paper and Bookart Exhibition), Eureka College, Illinois 2010 -

Award from Regional Arts Council, UK, towards costs of exhibition and travel to US , Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City USA 2002 -

Award from Regional Arts Council, UK, towards costs of travel to Japan, 'SIBE in Saitama' : group exhibition, Museum of Modern Art , Saitama, Japan 1997 -

Awards from Regional Arts Council, UK, towards costs of travel to China, Group Batik Exhibition : Guiyang Museum, China

Publications 2012 - Mixing Media : Digital Inkjet print on Experimental surfaces; Article for Design-It on line Magazine for the Computer Textile Design Group

2011 - Iceland Stories and other Books : Catalogue

2008 - Artworks/info included : Pure Paper : catalogue, Holland Paper Biennale

2006 - Surface Design Magazine : article by Patricia Malarcher

2003 - Visual included in ‘Batik – Modern Concepts and Techniques; (Noel Dyrenforth)

2000 - 'Textiel Plus' (Netherlands) Article on my work - (Written by Else Van Baale).

1997 - Visuals included in “The craft of handmade paper” by Jon Plowman 1995 - Visual included in “International Textiles” (Published by Calman and King)

1995 - Work featured in “ The Art and Craft of Fabric Decoration” by Juliet Bawden

1993 - Visual included in “Textiles: Multi-cultural Traditions” by Spyrou/Singer Other 2010 -

Work represented in public and private Collections, includes

Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois,

Lloyd T. Cotsen collection “The Box Project”

Carmelite Chapel of St Teresa of Avila, Beacon, New York

Filac : International collection of Contemporary Artists Books (Marseilles)

                                 (Book of Shadows, Seepage 2, Imperfect Rose, Iceland Notes)      

Neukoln Public Library - Art Office Collection;

Textile collection, Kiev Art Gallery, Ukraine;

Guiyang Museum, Guizhou, China.

Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland

Manchester MMU (Phillip Green Library, special collections)

British Art Library, V&A

Bath Spa University Library

Brotherton Library special collections, Leeds university

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