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My most recent work explores the ‘imprint’ of our lives and thoughts on the surface of 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 regularly contributes to conferences/seminars, has authored articles for magazines and catalogues; her work is featured/noted in textile publications, books/journals.’

A party in the Łódź Ghetto

I have been working on a body of work around the photograph  A party in the Łódź Ghetto by Henryk Ross. I  traveled to Lodz, Poland with my students in the 1990’s to visit the Łódź Tapestry Triennal. I have been haunted by the photograph, ‘A Party in Ghetto’,  seen many years ago in a Sunday supplement, and […]

Julie Westbury’s photos of Revealing Evidence Exhibition

The artist Julie Westbury has given me a copy of the images she took at my exhibition Revealing Evidence at Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soanes House and Gallery, Ealing London. The images include obscured and partial glimpses of my work  through interesting aspects of the architecture such as doorways, arches and reflections in mirrors etc. […]

The Dreaming House

I am delighted to be part of the exhibition The Dreaming House, Contemporary Textiles from the Nottingham Castle Museum Collection installed  in the ancestral home of Lord Byron. It is a great opportunity to get the work out of the the museum context and installed in a historic interior.   THE DREAMING HOUSE ART TEXTILES […]

Worshipful Company of Haberdashers

    This week I visited The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers’  in West Smithfield London. It is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies and has a long history closely connected to the development of the City of London This September I will be showing work there with Ann Carrington,  Robert Bryce Muir and  John  Harris,  it will be open […]

Reviewing ‘Locus of the Dress’ project

Yesterday I visited Jane Wildgoose (Keeper of the Wildgoose Memorial Library) to discuss the development of my research project Locus of Control. Jane is acting as ‘Critical Friend’ to my two year UCA and Arts Council funded  project. The project explores The Locus of Control (a construct theory used in personality psychology) through a series drawings of […]

Crafting Anatomies at the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

 Crafting Anatomies at the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 7th January – 4th February 2015 I currently have two pieces of work in the exhibition, ‘Ohio Locus 27’, and ‘Mothers Touch’. ‘Crafting Anatomies will place the human body at the centre of a multi-disciplinary dialogue; exploring how this entity has been interpreted, crafted and reimagined in historical, […]

Seminar Workshop: Fibre, Thread and Textile. Whitechapel Gallery & Tate Modern

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October 2014   This weekend I presented and ran a two day seminar workshop titled ‘Fibre, Thread and Textile’ at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern in London. ‘Join a two-day workshop led by artist Shelly Goldsmith, taking the work of artist Richard Tuttle as a starting point for a series of presentations, discussions […]

Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters

Just received this set of images taken by Sam Chick of my work in the Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters Exhibition held at the Herbert Read Gallery,  UCA Canterbury. This exhibition is part of the Crysalis project. Concealed, 2014  –  facsimile of reclaimed blouse, digital embroidery, sublimation print, inspection tools. Photographic Image: Lodz ghetto 1941 – 1944, by […]

Lace Effects 1

I am enjoying being part of  the Crysalis Project, it provides opportunities to combine knowledge and tradition with technology. Part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund, The Crysalis Project is a collaboration: The University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, leading the way in digital textile development as well as engaging young entrepreneurs; Plymouth College of […]

Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters

I am currently showing at the Moving Textiles Exhibition in Canterbury, Kent. The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury is presenting the Digital Encounters the final exhibition in the Crysalis Moving Textiles series. The works of over 40 textile designers, artists and craftspeople will be presented to explore the […]