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About Pat

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Glenwild Estate postcard
Southern Living magazine feature story
Stunt Streamer toy assorted versions
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Pat grew up in rural Mississippi on an expansive 1920's era estate distinguished by its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and miles of picturesque white fences. Her dad was manager of the then cattle ranch, and her mother was the local art teacher. So there were fields, creeks, woods, and cattle, mule, horse and hay barns to explore, and an abundance of natural resources and art materials for discovery and creativity.

She recalls that the only amenity in her meager first grade classroom was a folding blue felt board in the back with cutout figures of people, animals and common objects. But the supple, graphic shapes of pure saturated color made a lasting impression on her.

 

True to her family name, "See," Pat went on to earn a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree with a graphic design major at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She worked primarily in corporate identity, collateral and editorial design including 11 years at Southern Living magazine in Birmingham. There she was responsible for the Homes and Gardens sections layouts and graphics, and served as art director for Lowe's Creative Ideas and other special publications.

 

Lifelong interests in sewing and paper crafts, and a fondness for all things whimsical led her to develop several textile-based children’s products. Pat holds several patents for her inventions. They include a “Stunt Streamer” toy inspired by a crepe paper favor from a childhood birthday party and sold by Toysmith Toys. She has also licensed a line of no-sew "Flower Fleece" craft kits to MindWare Toys.

 

Now based in Richmond, Virginia, the ongoing ingenuity, vision and creative energy of her three adult children and their vibrant families motivate her to continue to learn, grow and explore.

National Juried Exhibitions

Material World: A Contemporary Fiber Arts Exhibition   |  The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County  |  Fayetteville,  N.C.  |  July-September 2023

Spring to Life 2023  |  311 Gallery  |  Raleigh N.C.  |  June 2023  |  (two pieces)

Flower Power  |  Core Art Space  |  Lakewood, Co.  | May 2023

Flourish: d'Art's Annual National Juried Floral & Botanical Exhibit  |  The d'Art Center  |  Norfolk, Va.  | April 2023

Fibers of Nature  |  Floyd Center for the Arts  |  Floyd, Va.  |  February - March 2023

Education

Georgia State University  |  Atlanta, Ga.  |  Bachelor of Visual Art - Graphic Design   |   cum laude

University of Mississippi  |  Oxford, Miss.  |  Undergraduate B.F.A. courses

Workshops

Crafting Your Brand: online course for artisans and textile entrpreneurs  |  Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor Selvedge Magazine | Marcello Echavarria, Lifestyle Specialist

 

Papercutting Workshop |  Penland School of Crafts  |  Beatrice Coron

Creative Capital Professional Development Program  |  Penland School of Crafts  |  Colleen Keegan  |  Beverly McIver  |  Jackie Battenfield  

Clay Sculpture Workshop  |  Frank Fleming  |  Forstall Art Center  |  Birmingham, Ala.

Patents

Slot and Tab Closure US D733532 - issued March 3, 2013

Whirling Streamer Toy US 6688941 - issued February 10, 2004

Weighted Swirling Streamer Toy US D140087 - issued March 26, 2002

Memberships

Surface Design Association

Central Virginia Fiberarts Guild

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