Bio (excerpted from Pat’s About Me webpage)
Pat Archibald lives in Scotland. She has been fascinated with fabric from an early age – playing with her grandmother’s scrap bag of 1920s and 30s satins and laces, growing up in a house of colourful cottons from her mother’s dressmaking and making her first piece of patchwork at age 11. For a short time she ran a small business designing and making children’s appliquéd garments and later took part in the first City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting course in Scotland.
With a friend she established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop – Purely Patchwork in Linlithgow, Scotland. The shop soon became a leader in terms of the variety of fabrics available and the standard and quality of the classes taught. It attracted customers from all over the UK and further afield and tutors visited from around the globe to impart their knowledge and skills to enthusiastic students.
After ten years of running the business Pat changed direction and started to spend more time developing her own work and teaching specialist classes. She has been awarded commissions for public buildings and private and public collections. She teaches “Creative Journey” courses in Central Scotland, which encourage students to step out of their comfort zone in order to explore the design elements to produce unique and individual pieces of work. She and her students exhibit annually on the Fringe of The Edinburgh International Festival.
Pat’s work is now widely exhibited both in the UK, Europe and in the USA and has won some wonderful awards. www.patarchibald.com