Approved: 24.08.2006

Maria Holohan

Artist, Arts administrator, Event organiser, Teacher

Archived
Approved: 24.08.2006

"Holohan's creations are extremely beautiful:her figures and landscapes are at once graceful and ethereal; her palette simple and compelling. Holohan's work is to be celebrated and encouraged" Fiona Whitehouse, Art Historian, University of London
Maria Holohan is a Textile Artist who is passionate about the drawing process.
Her most significant work to date 'The Mental Fairy Tale' is

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  • Location: Swindon, South West
  • Activities: Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Adult education, Workshops, Project management
 

Biography

"Holohan's creations are extremely beautiful:her figures and landscapes are at once graceful and ethereal; her palette simple and compelling. Holohan's work is to be celebrated and encouraged" Fiona Whitehouse, Art Historian, University of London Maria Holohan is a Textile Artist who is passionate about the drawing process. Her most significant work to date 'The Mental Fairy Tale' is inspired by the darker side of the “Classic Fairy Tale”. Cinderella, for example is a bold but uncertain figure, constructed, like her own self-concept, from fragments of cloth. The collage surface, quilted, scraped or raised, connotes the inability of humans to master their emotional environment. IN MY OWN WORDS I am passionate about textiles; particularly vintage fabric. The diversity and life stories attached to fabric and the history of where it came from, is at the heart of what inspires and challenges me. I am an avid collector of primary sources, to which I respond instinctively by drawing, painting and stitching using a combination of techniques and mediums to produce movement and depth within my work, which in turn evokes memory and emotion. My aim is to make a statement about existence. Since graduating from Swansea Metropolitan University with a (BA) Hons Surface Pattern Design (Contemporary Applied Arts) I have aimed to continually develop myself as an artist, workshop facilitator, event organiser and Curator. My collection of work was formally recognised when I was awarded a Distinction Licentiateship from the Society of Designer Craftsman in 2007, selected for Talente 2008 skilled Trades Fair, Munich and Chianciano Biennale, Siena, Italy 2009. I have generated, planned, delivered and evaluated over 50 workshops for various Councils, Schools, Charities and Art Centres. This involves training, coaching, mentoring and motivating a wide range of age groups from 4-65 years. I thrive on delivering workshops to groups of people, assisting in a creative exploration using a variety of themes through the use of mixed media. Projects include a combination of drawing, illustration, collage, embroidery and painting focusing on responding to a brief, developing a concept and creating work that is original and inspiring. Workshops are adapted to suit any theme or time scale, so the needs of an organisation and individuals can be met. My practical teaching ability has been recognised by clients including the following received from the Director of Craft Angels: "Maria is a conscientious and thoughtful teacher and the feedback from participants in her workshops was excellent, citing her friendliness and ability to communicate well" Jenny Rolfe, Director. I am active member of Artsite charity based in Swindon where I have a studio. The charity provides the opportunity for people to re-engage with art and culture by advocating, promoting and delivering projects in the community. Comments received from 'Telling Tales' exhibition, The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Derby, 2007 "Maria Holohan's work is so inspirational, exciting & thought provoking. The Mental Fairy Tale book really freaks me out - it's like she lives in my head! Such a brilliant work of art & expression of life". "Fantastic, fantasy, macabre all mixed into a series of streams of thought. The Mental Fairy Tale series is both amazing, scary & breath taking. Never seen anything like it". "A wonderful exhibition! Excellently curated. So much talent in one room. Everything requiring more than a fleeting glance. Loved Maria Holohans work. So inspirational."

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - Craft Angels mentoring Scheme , The Model House, Llantrisant, Wales 2006 - BA (hons) Surface Pattern Design (Contemporary Applied Arts) 2:1, Swansea Metropolitan University, Dynevor Centre of Art,Design & media , Swansea Solo exhibitions 2006 - The Mental Fairy Tale Series , The County Hall, Swansea, Wales Group exhibitions 2010 - Illustrate Your Point , Swindon Art Centre, Swindon 2010 - Parallel Lives , The Post Modern Gallery , Theatre Square, Swindon 2010 - Stories, Wolverhampton Art Gallery , Wolverhampton 2009 - Enchantment, The Post Modern Gallery & Studio's , Swindon 2009 - New, The Post Modern Gallery, Theatre Square, Swindon 2009 - The Biennale of Chianciano, Museum of Art Chianciano Terme, Siena, Italy 2009 - Tros Gynnal Charity Art Auction 2009, Swansea Museum, Swansea 2008 - Myths, Folklore & Fairy Tale , The Oriel Washington Gallery , Penarth, Wales 2008 - TALENTE 2008, Munich Exhibition Centre, Munich 2008 - Talente 2008, New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany 2007 - One Fine Day , Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery , Rivington Street, London 2007 - Society Designer Craftsmen annual exhibition, The Mall galleries, London 2007 - Telling Tales , The Beetroot Tree Gallery , Draycott, Derbyshire, England 2007 - The Textile Art & Weaving Festival , Trowbridge Museum , Trowbridge, Wiltshire 2007 - Welsh Artist of the Year , St Davids Hall , Cardiff 2006 - Final Year Degree Show - The Space Between, The Grande Theatre, Swansea, Wales 2006 - Graduate Show Case Part II , Exposure Gallery , College Street, Swansea 2006 - New Designers , Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2006 - Swansea Summer Open , Exposure gallery, College Street, Swansea, Wales 2006 - Swansea Summer Open , Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea Workshops 2010 - 'Its Good To be Me' , Malmesbury Church Of England Primary School, Malmesbury 2009 - Mixed media drawing, Creative & Media Diploma, Trowbridge Museum, Wiltshire 2009 - Skills Festival , Lackam College , Wiltshire 2008 - 'Alice In Wonderland', mixed media drawing (Developing a concept), Swindon Academy , Swindon 2008 - What Music Means To Me , Arts for Health - Psychotherapy & Counselling Centre, Bodmin, Cornwall 2007 - Memory Lane - Fernhill Community Group , The Old School , Llantrisant, Wales 2007 - Memory Lane - Mountain Ash Cancer Support Group, Mountain Ash Community Centre , Mountain Ash, Wales 2007 - What Music Means To Me - Young designer group, The Old School , Llantrisant, Wales Residencies 2010 - Life at Prior Park , Prior Park Preparatory School, Cricklade, Wiltshire Private commissions 2008 - A Family Portrait , Artsite , Swindon 2008 - A Family Portrait , Embroidery & applique on canvas , Swindon 2008 - Fields of Gold , Embroidery & applique on canvas , Swindon 2008 - Portobello Doll , Embroidery & applique on canvas , Swindon 2006 - Gretel , Mono print on tissue paper , Cardiff, Wales 2006 - Kitche Kat , Embroidery & applique on canvas , Cardiff Projects 2010 - Re-enchantment - an interactive multi-platform documentary project , On-line, television and radio , Film Art Media Pty Ltd, PO Box 1312, Vic 3066 Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Highly Commended Prize for Embroidery , Museum of Art Chianciano Terme, Chianciano, Italy 2008 - Talente 2008 Award , Munich Exhibition Centre, Munich 2007 - Distinction Licentiateship , The Society of Designer Craftsmen , The Mall Galleries, London 2007 - Shortlisted, Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award , The Glynn Vivian , Swansea, Wales 2006 - Awarded a Licentiateship from the Society of Designer Craftsmen (LSDC), invited to their annual exhibition, Mall Galleries, London Educational experience - special needs 2006 - Art Teaching Assistant, Create Day Centre , Swansea, Wales Publications 2009 - The Biennale of Chianciano Catalogue 2009 - The Dictionary of Artists in Wales since 1945 2008 - Ex Book, Swansea Metropolitan University 2008 - Talente 2008 Catalogue 2007 - Embroidery Magazine - Feature story - Jan/Feb Issue 2007 - White Chimney Magazine - Featured artist - Autumn Issue 2007 - White Chimney Magazine - Featured artist - Spring Issue