Pat Hodson’s particular interest through four decades has been in the spatial and expressive qualities of colour. This led to a great deal of experiment with different media. Then from the mid 1970’s her work became centred around liquid dye colour on cloth – using wax as resist. She became increasingly involved with investigating the unique qualities of layered dye colour; its intensity and its ability, unlike pigment, not just to coat the surface, but to be absorbed deep into fibre.
‘By the early 90’s I had begun to to test how far I could push the saturation of colour through overlaying washes of dye. I began to explore, in an abstract way, order and ambiguities in spatial perception – all using dye and wax resist.
The techniques made me acutely aware of the subjective decisions we make when building an image – when to arrest the process – when is a piece finished? I began to explore the idea of suspending time, in sequence, image by image and to map the changes -. In this way, I stumbled into making books. I also began to explore computer imaging – fascinated by colour on screen. However, I saw that print on manufactured paper lacked any tactile quality, so I began to make my own experimental surfaces on which to print. The work continues to change and evolve. I experiment with different ways of fusing hand and digital process, combining different media – not only with natural materials – but also synthetic non woven materials.
Pat has been exhibiting since the 1970’s, and internationally from 1992. She has been awarded travel Burseries from the Arts council for several of these; China in 1997, Japan in 2002, U.S. in 2007
In 2007 a book toured the US with Fiberart International, During the same year she had a solo exhibition as part of the Surface Design Conference in Kansas City and was commissioned for the Cotsen ‘Box Project’. In 2008 work was included in the Holland Paper Biennale. In 2011 she took part in ‘Paper and Type’ exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea. She has twice exhibited books in the ‘Papier Global exhibitions in Deggendorf in Germany. In 2015 a book is exhibited in the ‘Concealed, Confined, Collected at the Minnesota Centre for Artists Books, US.
She has undertaken several cross media collaborative projects with a poet and a sound artist. In 2009, they worked together in a remote residency in the north of Iceland, which resulted in both books and multi media installations See www.artinthefreezer.co.uk
For a number of years she was a part time lecturer teaching Textiles, Digital imaging, and Bookarts. She was also a freelance tutor on the degree course for the Open College of the Arts.
Pat Hodson was born in Greater Manchester, England in 1944.
Education 1963 – 67 Dip AD Fine Art : Liverpool College of Art and Design
(Now the school of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2003-2011
2011 The Philip Goulden Gallery, Walford Mill, Dorset
2007 Leedy Voulkos Art Center (SDA conference) Kansas City, USA
2003 Zijdmuseum, Meliskerke Zeeland, Netherlands
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
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
IAPMA EXHIBITIONS : Inspired by Paper : European tour
Luminous Within : Australia tour and America tour
A Feast of Paper : China tour
2015 Concealed, Confined, Collected, Minnesota Centre for Bookarts, US
International Artists Book Prize Exhibition, Sheffield UK
2014 Printing, Sheffield, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2013 The Art and Soul of Paper, Mandells Gallery, Norwich
2012 Papier Global 2, Deggendorf Museum, Germany
2011 Paper and Type: Korean Craft Museum Cheongju
Leaf and Bound: Eureka College, Illinois, USA (Award : best in show)
2008 Holland Paper Biennale : Netherlands
2007 Fiberart International 2007 Pittsburgh, USA, then touring.
2005 Northern Fibre 6.(Wo)Man And Technology Kerava Art Gallery , Finland
2003 Surface Design – Tradition And Technology’: Aarhus Kunstbygning
2000 – 2003 : international group exhibitions included Belgium, Germany, Japan,
1989 – 1999 : China , (GUIYANG, Guizou Province) Belgium and Indonesia.
1970 and 1989: Group and Solo exhibitions in UK
Work represented in public and private Collections, includes
Lloyd T. Cotsen collection “The Box Project”
Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois,
Carmelite Chapel of St Teresa of Avila, Beacon, New York
Filac : International collection of Contemporary Artists Books (Marseilles)
Guiyang Museum, Guizhou, China.
Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland
Manchester MMU (Phillip Green Library, special collections)
British Art Library, V&A
Bath Spa University Library
Leeds University, Brotherton Library
Awards from Arts Council, UK, towards costs of travel to China and (1997) Japan (2002) and Finland (2005) US – – Surface Design Conference (2007)