Patricia Richardson (Paddy) is a Canadian textile artist, born in the Niagara Peninsula. Interspersed between her studies in fashion design, fabric design, embroidery and arts education at various institutions such as The Academy, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Sheridan and Fanshawe Colleges, and Western University, she pursued a career as a costume designer and maker. In this field she practiced and developed a wide variety of artistic textile techniques. After many years in this area, Patricia sustained a spinal injury and was told by her Doctor to stop practising the heavy costume work she had been doing daily and to "...work on nothing heavier than a hat". Taking him literally, she undertook the Millinery Certificate programme at George Brown College. Patricia now produces fashion and home accessories. Using her own patterns and designs, she dyes and paints the fabrics, cuts and manipulates them into shape and combines them with techniques such as embroidery and beading into unique art pieces.
Patricia holds a BA, and is a Certified Artist/Educator as well as a Certified Milliner. She teaches and has published articles on embellishment and design.