Harriet Orrey-Godden is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompases Painting, illustration and Textiles. Harriet has been a self employed artist and maker for 12 years, establishing a business in 2008 at Afflecks palace in Manchester, where she made and sold peculiar dolls and puppets, paintings and greetings cards. As her business grew she moved to a studio/shop in Manchester Craft and Design Centre and completed 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. Harriet has used her skills to teach children for the past 8 years, designing a range of workshops in puppetry, 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. She has spent the past two years developing a series of paintings and pattern designs, exploring the boundaries of abstraction and figuration, opening up new meanings in her exploration of the human condition. Harriet actively campaigns for social issues, and is currently representing a group of fine art graduates in the national Pause or Pay campaign and is the Vice-chair of New Glasgow Society, a charity which raises interest in Glasgow’s built environment.