‘Orange Dots’


Patricia Kelly’s work, though textile, suggests gold and silver through her choice of colour, both in fabric and thread. Many of her fabrics are dyed in tea, giving a golden appearance to the work. The pieces are often enhanced with orange stitched dots. The work has an organic, earthy feel, also suggesting earthy materials such as gold and silver.

She uses black and grey in her pieces and as the work is created by stitching over many layers in a gridlike manner, this also suggests metalwork. Her work explores the layers of our past, much of it buried with only precious traces, evident on the surface, like gold and silver.

A small collection of frames are available as part of this exhibition – to see the full selection please call in or contact the gallery or more details.

Artist Bio

Patricia Kelly lives in County Fermanagh. She attended the art college at Ulster University in Belfast where she obtained a B.A. Honours degree in Fine Craft Design, specialising in embroidered textiles.

Using free motion embroidery techniques to create her works, which in recent times have become more abstract, there is a strong focus on the use of the stitched line. Inspiration and influence come from many sources including the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is to see beauty in the imperfect; as well as from the rugged landscape and skies in the west of Ireland, where lines created by tangled hedgerows are silhouetted against coloured skies.

The sense of belonging to a place, where family history is interwoven through present lives greatly influences Patricia too. Incorporating recycled old textiles, often used by ancestors in quilt making, conveys something of the multi layered nature of lives linked, stitched together – changing but staying the same, shifting, breathing, living.