Harriet Orrey-Godden is a artist from North Yorkshire, working mainly in Painting, but whose practice also encorporates drawing, sculpture, textiles and collage. Harriet has been a self employed artist and maker for 12 years, establishing a business called Sausage Dog in 2008, creating strange textile dolls and puppets, selling at craft markets and from a studio/shop in Afflecks Palace and then at Manchester Craft and Design Centre until 2015. In recent years she has expanded her range of greetings cards and prints, which sell online and in shops across the UK. Harriet has completed commissions for individual clients and organisations, including a year long project for the Australian Childhood Foundation, designing and producing 600 interactive dolls to provide stimulation and comfort to children in therapy sessions. The ACF have since developed a therapeutic program based on the concept dolls which are helping children across Australia. She has worked as a workshop leader in Primary schools for 8 years, designing and facilitating Art and Craft workshops for children on a range of specialisms including puppet making, experimental drawing and sculpture. Harriet’s paintings have been exhibited in the UK and Europe. In 2004 she was selected for ‘The fabulous Coloured pencils of the world’ a showcase of female illustrators from around the world, which exhibited in Venice, Rome and Naples.
In 2019 Harriet moved to Glasgow to study a Masters at Glasgow School of Art, turning her focus to painting. In the past year her work has moved from figuration to abstraction and she is currently working on a new series of paintings, responding to the global crisis, educational disruption and an ongong interest in feminist politics. The pandemic disruption to the practice-based courses is an ongoing concern and Harriet is actively campaigning for a better outcome for students across the UK, taking part in the national Pause or Pay campaign. Harriet continues to paint from home as well as representing art students and volunteering at a local Food Forest.