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Shellie Holden PGCE, BA, MA

Pathway Leader and Lecturer, MA Contemporary Dialogues – Textiles
Lecturer - Cert HE Art and Design Foundation

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000
E-mail: shellie.holden@uwtsd.ac.uk



Pathway Leader for MA Contemporary Dialogues – Textiles, and Module Leader for Collaborative Dialogues. This involves disseminating and debating philosophical, theoretical and practical approaches to praxis delivered through seminars, lectures. tutorials and workshops.

Course Tutor for Foundation Art & Design, Swansea at UWTSD (2013- Present), leading the Fashion/Textile Pathway, which focuses on Fashion Concept, Fine Art Textile Making and Activist Crafting. Module leader for Experimentation to Specialisation and Extended Creative Enquiry: Development and Theoretical Approaches.

Shellie holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Teaching and Learning and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

She is also a PhD candidate.

Shellie has a background in textile making particularly in relation to stitching as part of a contemporary practice.

Past work has been featured in exhibitions including Spaces for Making, A ‘Maker in Focus’ site specific instillation for the Mission Gallery Swansea, 2014, Studio Space, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 2006, Solo show at Lesley Craze Textiles Gallery, London, 2003 and Foyer Piece, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, 2006, as well as national and international fairs and events including Collect – The London Art Fair at Victoria and Albert Museum, London represented by Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2005, Origin The London Craft Fair presented by The Crafts Council at Somerset House, 2008 and SOFA Chicago, represented by The Crafts Council at Navy Pier, Chicago, 2003.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2010
  • Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 2003 – 2019
  • Research and Management Committee, UWTSD, 2019

Academic interests evolve around interdisciplinary materialities. This relates more specifically to conceptual textile production and contemporary making.

As part of the teaching and learning, a pedagogical approach involves developing perspectives; delivered as lecturers, seminars and active learning workshops, so that critical inquiry and contemporary/creative production of ideas can be disseminated through a range of inter/trans-disciplinary approaches at both undergraduate and post graduate level. This involves creative engagement, dialogue, and collaboration in the studios and wider/open network.

Latterly, modules have been developed to be delivered in a blended learning environment as virtual and digital workshops, one - one and group tutorials, seminars and lectures. “Stitching a Seminar” is a particular contribution to the MA Contemporary Dialogues programme, which is currently being tested in a virtual way.

As part of the Foundation Art & Design Portfolio, Shellie Holden and Kath Clewett founded the Creative Test Space(CTS) as an active pedagogical practice - based research space to promote and pioneer sustainable thinking and making methods.

CTS Projects to date include:

  • CTS Student/Staff Sustainable Studio Event 2019
  • Nexus Conference Presentation 2019
  • Student News “In Real Life’ Virtual Exhibition, 2020

Shellie Holden is an artist, researcher, (PhD candidate) and lecturer. She works in an interdisciplinary way, as a Conceptual Textile Practitioner. 

Research interests relate to textile and digital convergence’s, haptic potentialities, matrixial methods and virtual materialities. These are explored through praxis and considered in relation to the domestic as a productive and performative space of encounter.

Commissioned by Optomen Television, channel 4, to recreate a Native Alaskan Parka for edutainment television documentary, Kevin McCloud’s Manmade Home, 2013

Scholarly Activity

Assessor and Viva examiner, Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts, BA (Hons) Embroidered Textiles, validated by Middlesex University, 2009, 2010. 

Corporate Commissions and invitations include:

Participant in the Virtual Art of Walking project, (May - July 2020) in consultation with artist Jenny Staff, and Dr Helen Johnson, at the School of Applied Science, The University of Brighton. 
Textile and Place, peer reviewed paper presentation, Manchester School of Art, 2018
Textiles Place, Workshop Leader, Mission Gallery, 2018
Book Review, Textile Journal of Cloth and Culture, 2018
Pop Up Domestic Shop, Kath Clewett and Shellie Holden,
Maker in Focus, Mission Gallery Swansea, 2015
Christmas corporate card, The Crafts Council, 2006:
Arts in Health Commission, Paper textile installation and workshops, Queen Mary’s, London, 2005:
Lead Artist Volunteer, Big Arts Week: Hugh Myddleton Primary School installation and workshops, London, 2003
Textile artefacts for Primary Art Loans, (PALS Scheme), Haringey Arts Council, 02: