156 Macfarlane Street,
We are delighted to have the Paddye Mann Studio as a tour stop on this year’s Maple Run Tour. Built in 1831, it was the home and business of one of the earliest tailors of Pakenham, Wm. Tait. Robert Tait, possibly a relative, who was a stone mason in Pakenham, built the home. Richard White designed the extension of the studio, which was added in 1988.
Today, the studio and workshops, located minutes from the famous Pakenham bridge, is home to Paddye Mann Clothing, where beautifully made custom clothing is designed personally for each client by Paddye, and meticulously crafted by her team. A visit to the studio is an immersion in elegance, colour, and the fineness of the best natural fabrics from across the world.
To meet Paddye is to meet a remarkable and largely self-made artist whose clients are discerning women from around the region and around the world. Paddye first encountered Pakenham in 1973, when she rode her bike into town and she discovered a community where she just “knew” she could make a home. By 1979, she had opened her own studio, and her bio today lists a myriad of teaching activities, professional memberships, lectures, shows, publications and prestigious awards.
Joining Paddye in her studio location are 2 wonderful artists:
Judy McGrath – exceptional landscape photographer
Deborah Watts of Tiny’s Studio – whimsical garden sculpture