Kelly Hickey is a textile artist born and raised in the mid-Atlantic until moving to Vermont in 1996 where she now lives and works. As of 2013 she founded ‘edie&glo’, a small-run design company which incorporates fabrics from the 1960’s-70’s as a platform for education in reduce-reuse-recycle. Following an Arquetopia Artist Residency in Oaxaca, Mexico in September 2017 and Driftwood Studios, South Africa in February 2020 she has added embroidery into her work to broaden the richness of storytelling. She enjoys working on commissions and collaborations for individuals as well as gallery exhibitions including Southern Vermont Art Center’s ‘Unusual Threads: The Future of Fashion’ (May ‘19). Since 2018 Kelly has been working on a large body of art with the working title ‘all purpose floWEr’ which encompasses remaking eighty pounds of fabric waste into one large installation focusing on environmental and cultural impacts of textile overconsumption. Kelly is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Apparel Design.
CREATIVE CONSULTANT & ADVOCATE
Kelly Hickey is an art and social impact advocate. From April 2019 through June 2021 Kelly was the Creative Consultant and Manager of ‘Bundle’ an innovative tool to use unoccupied storefronts in Middlebury, Vermont as event spaces to revitalize the downtown during a 3 year major reconstruction project supported by the stakeholder group ‘Neighbors, Together’. In this role she developed and marketed a wide breath of programming as well as advising individuals, entrepreneurs, community groups and government agencies toward successful Pop-Up programming. As a result of her work with Bundle Kelly was named a 2019 National Arts Strategies, Creative Community Fellow and is currently part of the advisory group to ‘Reimagine Addison County’ a United Way of Addison County post-pandemic initiative.