About

My most  recent work  explores the  ‘imprint’ of our lives and thoughts onto the  garments we wear – making visible psychological emotions thoughts and memories.

Engaging  with textiles  within a gallery  and site  specific context I  often respond to historical environments and/or partnerships such as the Forensic Science Service, the Herbarium at the Natural History Museum or the Harris Birthright Centre for Neonatal Medicine at Kings College Hospital.  Using methodologies and theories borrowed from forensic or psychiatry partnerships, I am most concerned with exploring and presenting latent experience and memory inherent in worn clothing, especially examining the fine veneer of cloth that stands between us and the world; often a veil to the interior storm. 

Listening carefully to the stories the reclaimed garments present enables narrative to develop and imagining around their ability to carry memory, to absorb and reflect experience.   These garments are often presented as a metaphor for common human states and present opportunity for self- reflection and personal insight.

Working  with  a range of traditional  hand-methods  as well  as new textile  technology,  I’m interested in the material relationships which ensue.

‘Goldsmith has exhibited at major galleries and museums in Britain, Europe, the USA and Japan, with work in many  notable public collections.    Awarded  the  prestigious  Jerwood Prize, for Textiles she was also short-listed for the LICC International Creative Award in 2010. ‘Goldsmith is amongst the foremost textile artists working in the UK at the present time’.     Prof. Lesley Millar MBE

I regularly contribute to conferences and seminars,  have authored  articles for magazines and catalogues; with work featured / cited in many textile publications, books/journals etc. 

With a first degree in Textile Design and an MA from the Royal College of Art (Painting School) I approach  textiles with both  design and fine art knowledge  and understanding.   This is reflected in my  approach  to  teaching:  I contribute across  a  breadth of  UK contemporary textile programmes and currently hold a 0.6 post on the Textiles Fashion: Print Programme at the University for the Creative Arts,  Rochester.

 

 

View my CV at Axis Contemporary Art
 http://www.axisweb.org/p/shellygoldsmith/

 

 

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