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Pat Hodson

Currently, I make wall based artworks, unique book objects, and multiples in small numbers – combining hand with digital process. A book is somewhere I can ‘draw out’ a visual idea into a sequence, where each page becomes a fragment of the whole. In some books, the story, pattern symmetry or repetition, within the page dominates. In others I experiment with the form of the book, exploiting the sculptural possibilities of the book-form.

In my latest circular book-forms I am interested in how repetition of pattern and colour creates integrity to the form. I mix materials, techniques, and technologies – continually searching for new tactile materials which will not degrade easily when handled. I use non woven polyester, transparent film and plastic lamination of paper. – fusing, laser cutting and engraving. I am at present exploring paper which combines cellulose fibres with polyester – a paper which folds but does not tear – using thermal transfer print of disperse dyes to colour it. I also make a series of inkjet printed books, which record a visual response to time and place through colour and drawing. Each begins from pencil sketches and visual notes made on my travels, then developed on computer. These are printed in my studio in very small numbers by inkjet on archival paper. Books have been integral to my practice since the early 1990’s.They began by recording my explorations of colour, first with dye on cloth then digital image – printed on to experimental tactile paper substrates – exploring the the tensions between dye colour and printed colour, and the tactile surface with the illusory nature of the digital image.

My current work continues to explore different ways of fusing hand and digital process, combining different media, both on paper, and on synthetic non woven materials. It has led me to find alternative methods of collage and colouration involving heat fusing, and thermal transfer printing. I like to exploit technology such as laser cutting and am interested in the transformation of surface through laser engraving. 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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2021-22 Degendorf : Papier Global 5: international paper art exhibition 2021-22 3RD

Shanghai international Paper Biennale, China 2021 IAPMA exhibitions : ‘Origins and Destinations’,

University of Tasmania, Australia, “Approach” Toyota City, japan 2019

The second Shanghai International PaperArt Exhibition 2018 Responsive Paper (IAPMA exhibition), Sophia, Bulgaria Degendorf :

Papier Global 4: international paper art exhibition Amateras : Sophia, Bulgaria 2017

First Shanghai International Paper Art Exhibition, Shanghai / Guangzhou, China 2016/17

USA : Touring: The Box Project: Works from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection: Fowler Museum, L.A; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin,and George Washington University, Washington 2016

Shakespeare Now!: Exhibition of artists Books Hornby library, Liverpool 2014 Printing, Sheffield, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK 2013

The Art and Soul of Paper, Mandells Gallery, Norwich Papier Global 2, Deggendorf Museum, Germany (20.05.2012 – 16.09.2012) 2011

Paper and Type: Korean Craft Museum Cheongju Leaf and Bound : Eureka College, Illinois, USA (Award : best in show) 2011

SOLO :The Philip Goulden Gallery, Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset 2009

Papier Global 1 :Deggendorf Museum, Germany 2008 Holland Paper

Biennale :Netherlands 2007 Fiberart International 2007 Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, then touring. 2007

SOLO : Leedy Voulkos Art Center (Surface Design conference) Kansas City. 2005 Transient Surface, Massachusetts College of Art Boston, US Northern

Fibre 6.(Wo)Man And Technology Kerava Art Gallery , Kerava, FINLAND 2003

‘Surface Design – Tradition And Technology’: Aarhus Kunstbygning : Denmark Between 2000 and 2003 :

international group exhibitions include Museum of Industrial Archaeology and Textiles,(MIAT) Gent, Belgium: Handwerksform: Hanover, Germany, Museum of Modern Art Saitama, Japan Galerie Im Parc Neukoln, Berlin, Germany, Touring to Central Museum of Textiles : Lodz Poland. Between 1970 and 1999 Textile work in various International exhibitions in China, Belgium and Indonesia. Group and Solo exhibitions in UK Work represented in public and private Collections, includes Eureka College, Illinois; The Textile Museum, George Washington University, US (part of the Lloyd T. Cotsen collection); Carmelite Chapel of St Teresa of Avila, Beacon, New York. Filac : International collection of Contemporary Artists Books (Marseilles); Neukoln Public Library – Art Office Collection; Guiyang Museum, Guizhou, China. Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland; British Art Library, V&A;Bath Spa University Library;Leeds University, Brotherton Library I interdisciplinary projects include collaborations with poet and sound artist. In 2009 we undertook A collaborative residency in Iceland involving visuals, sound and poetry. Education 1963 – 67 Dip AD Fine Art : Liverpool College of Art and Design (Now the school of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University


A celebration of paper -there is no text or image, only the sheer enjoyment of looking and touching the paper itself


A book which uses interference colour to explore illusion