Shelly Goldsmith

Artist, Maker, Consultant, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

'Goldsmith is amongst the foremost textile artists working in the UK at the present time'. Prof. Lesley Millar MBE Director Anglo Japanese Textile Research Centre Shelly Goldsmith uses textile materials and processes as a metaphor for imagining how psychological states, emotions and memories associated with human fragility and loss can be made visible in cloth and pre-worn clothing. Developing the project 'Stains and Stories' Goldsmith is working on a UCA and Arts Council funded project 'Locus of the Dress. This initiates a partnership with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Herminia Hernaiz-Sanders in exploring the theory 'Locus of Control' through drawing on clothing. Collaborations with Dr. Annie Shaw at MMU for the Stroud International Textile Festival and Barber/Swindells at Huddersfield University have raised opportunities to provoke fresh outcomes as well as present findings and new understandings.

In 2013 Goldsmith joined the Fashion Textiles: Print teaching team at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. Their European collaborative 'Crysalis' research project is currently showing at the Ronse Textile Museum, Belgium and 'Lace Effects' at the Calais Lace and Fashion Museum in 2013. 'Digital Encounters' the final exhibition of the project and was shown at UCA Canterbury June 2014.

2012 saw five new books/catalogues published featuring Goldsmiths research and practice, including Jessica Hemming's book 'The Textile Reader', 'Digital Textile Design 2' by Melanie Bowles & Ceri Isaac and Barber/Swindell's 'Mining Couture. An experienced lecturer, Goldsmith founded the pioneering Textile Art department at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She was a Senior Lecturer 1991 - 2006 and directed the BA (Hons) Textile Art and MA Degree, Textiles Practice and Theory. She is currently External Examiner at Bath Spa University.

Goldsmith regularly contributes to conferences and seminars, recently including Digital Encounters at UCA Canterbury and Enfolded Meanings at the National Gallery, London and for the Threads of Feeling exhibition at the Foundling Museum, London.

tippinggoldsmith is a creative partnership set up in 2009. Collaborating with the site specific designer Christopher Tipping and joining their range of knowledge and experience the partnership expands Goldsmith's practice through public and permanent installations, whilst developing Tipping's ideas into a gallery context. Recent outputs have been 'Mille Fleur' - Architectural Glass for The Dyson Centre for Neo Natal Intensive Care, commissioned by the Royal United Hospital, Bath, (NHS Foundation Trust) and the installation '1479 plates', The Octagon, Bath.

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Location Ramsgate, Kent, South East
Activities Higher education, Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Arts in health, Built environment, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Evaluation
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Installation, Public Art, Research, Textiles
Website http://shellygoldsmith.com/

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