Shellie Holden

Shellie Holden’s work and research is materials based. Originally trained in Embroidery (MMU, 92-95) she was interested in celebrating the detritus of the everyday as surfaces to work with. This she explored though a personal non traditional embroidery vocabulary.

Shellie’s post graduate study (MA Visual Arts - Textiles, Goldsmiths College, 2005-6) focused on a critique of map making to deliberately decode some of its historical and socio – political aspects, before considering contemporary arts subversion of the map.

Working with fabric backed maps, her own work involved playing with the binary surfaces of the artefact as a critique of textile skill and female work. Utilizing simple machine stitching to embellish and unpick, she paralleled the process of making to a process of re contextualization, dismantling its empirical reading to one of deliberate disorientation.

Shellie’s visual art practice continues to question the role materials play in our everyday life. Her research reconsiders the value we attach to things, and their relevance in society. 

Tel: 01792 481000

Full academic profile

• Time let me play: a group exhibition featuring work by lecturers on the Foundation Art & Design course at UWTSD, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 06 – 28 June 2015
• Resolutions and Transformations: Recreating an Alaskan Parka, Window Installation, CAA, London, Jan - March 2015
• Drawing - the 50/50 rule: a group exhibition featuring work by lecturers on the Foundation Art & Design course at UWTSD, September 2014
• ‘Spaces for Making’, A ‘Maker in Focus’ site specific instillation for the Mission Gallery Swansea, 20th May- 29th June 2014
• ‘Branching Out - Concepts for a Domestic Space: Shellie Holden and Kath Clewett, pop up project space, November 2013
• ‘Everyone Everything’ group exhibition featuring work by lecturers on the Foundation Art & Design course at UWTSD, the Ragged School, Swansea September 2013
• ‘Mapping the Future: Where Are You Now?’ Textile Forum South West, at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 23 February – 24 March 2012
• ‘First Anniversary: Paper’, Unit 12, Stafford, 5th May - 30th July 2011
• ‘Present Collectables’, Contemporary Applied Arts, 18 November – 7 January, 2010-2011
• ‘Ten’, Lecturers and Associates of Coleg Sir Gar, at The National Botanic Garden of Wales, 2010
• ‘From Pulp’, Craft In the Bay 14th May- 4th July 2010
• ‘Yours Sincerely’, Unit 12, Stafford, 15th May- 26th June, 2010
• ‘Make Believe, New Work, New Worlds’, invited by Frankworks, at the Zetter Hotel, London, October 2009
• ‘Pulp Fictions’, Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case, 21 June - 30 August 2009
• ‘Reclaimed’, Galanthus Gallery, Hereford, 25th April-7th June 2009
• ‘The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair’, Spinningfields, Manchester 2009
• ‘Origin, The London Craft Fair’, presented by The Crafts Council at Somerset House 7-19 October 2008
• Parnham House Textile Fair and Exhibition, Sussex, 2008
• ‘Written Word’, Ferrers Gallery, Midlands, 2007
• Mapping exhibition at Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, 2007
• ‘Studio Space’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 26 April - 18 June 2006
• Window Galleries @ Canary Wharf, Pop up shop, London, 2006
• Foyer Piece, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, 2006
• ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’, presented by The Crafts Council, Chelsea, Old Town Hall, London, 2005
• ‘Collect’, at Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Represented by Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2005
• Group exhibition at The Haberdashers’ Company Gallery, Opus school of textile arts, London, 2005
• ‘Focus’, New Maker exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 2004
• Solo show at Lesley Craze Textiles Gallery, London., 2003
• ‘SOFA Chicago’, represented by The Crafts Council at Navy Pier, Chicago, 2003
• 'Loose Threads', Rufford Craft Centre, Rufford, 2003
• ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’, presented by The Crafts Council Chelsea, Old Town Hall, London, 2002
• Hidden Art Fair, presented by Mazorca projects, London, 2002
• The Fifth Baltic Biennial of Weavers Miniature Textiles, Gdynia, Poland, 2001
• 'Fab-Rick', Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire, 2001

  • Art Council Wales Individual Project Grant, 2009 – 2010.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, 'Professional Preparation Master's Scheme', 2005
  • Chelsea Craft Fair, First Time Exhibitor Award. 2002
  • Princes Trust Development Award, Business Grant’, 2001

Member of Hybrid and Applied Art Research Group
‘Space (for)….Making’ Contributed to Ephemeral coast online blog, July 2014

‘In conversation’ – Angela Maddock and Shellie Holden, Maker in Focus at The Mission Gallery, June 2014

‘Words or Walls’ – Invite by exhibition CIVIC curator Bella Kerr. Saturday Table Talk with CIVIC contributors Catriona Ryan and Lindsay Halton, and panel members Caroline Humphreys, Steph Mastoris, Shellie Holden and chairperson Ciara Healy, 24 May 2014.

Shellie Holden in Conversation - Consultation with Lindsay Halton of Homesouls, part of a research experiment for CIVIC and Spaces for Making,

‘Branching Out - Concepts for a domestic space’, Shellie Holden and Kath Clewett, at the pop up project space. November 2013

‘Kevin Mcloud’s Man Made Home’ Re-Making the Original Native Alaskan Parka from a substitute material. In consultation with Kevin Mccloud, and featured on ‘Kevin Mcloud’s Man Made Home’ S2-Ep4, October 13th 2013. Commissioned by Optomen television for Channel 4

Arts in Health, commission and consultation Queen Mary’s hospital, Roehampton. Involved working with the library archive to construct a series of stitched and sutured pieces referencing surgical procedure. 2005