Kelly Hickey

www.kelehickey.comWeybridge, Vermont



Artist Statement

As a textile artist/designer Kelly Hickey works with reclaimed fabrics from the 1960’s-70’s as primary medium for both the enduring quality and nostalgic prints. Discarded fabrics are plentiful and a viable resource for both art & clothing production. Hickey’s designs engage the client in a deep curiosity of where cast off or vintage fabrics can be sourced, how these historical textiles and prints maintain relevancy in today’s fast fashion world, and how better quality choices will meet individual needs reducing overconsumption, providing fair wages for fashion production workers and demanding less of natural resources.


Biography 

In 1977 at the age of ten Hickey stepped in to the folds of her zany neighbor’s sewing closet and instinctively knew that she had to be a part of the world of textiles. That wonderful neighbor took Hickey under her wing & taught her the art of measure and remeasure, as if it were the breath that would sustain her into the future. From teenage years spent swept up in design, Hickey further pursued the field as an apparel design student at the University of Delaware graduating in 1988. Her professional life has included three decades of opportunities as a textile consultant, artist, designer and entrepreneur, always curious no matter how worn life leaves her.


Education 

1988 B.S. Textiles, Design, Consumer Economics - University of Delaware

1989-90 CE in Textile Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management- Philadelphia Textile

2015 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher Certification - Marianne Wells School of Yoga


Art Awards/ Recognition / Shows

1988 1st Place “Belt Design” Category Ginny Johansen National Design Competition

2017 Featured Artist ‘The Elegy Project’, www.naturestrikesback.com

2017 Artist in Residency in Embroidery, Arquetopia, Oaxaca, Mexico

2018 Chandler Art Gallery ‘Abundance/The Art of Mental Health’ group show, VT

2019 S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, ‘All The Feels’ group show, Burlington, VT

2019 Southern Vermont Arts Center, ‘Unusual Threads, the Future of Fashion’, Dorset, VT

2019 National Arts Strategies, New England Creative Community Fellow

2020 2Creative Community, ‘Not My America’ group show, Winooski, VT

2021 The Beyond Gallery, ‘Repurposed’ group show, Bennington, VT

2022 Bristol Art Museum, ‘Putting the Pieces Back Together’ National group show, RI

2022 San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, ‘Radical Regeneration’, California


Art Related Employment/Service

1986-1988 Flapdoodles Pattern Maker, Production Asst. - Children’s Clothing

1989-1990 DuPont Textile Division, CAD Design Consultant for “Quick Response” project

1991-1994 CO/OP Nation, Co-Owner/Designer - Garment Dyed Unisex Apparel

1997-2000 Z.A.C.’S. Hats, Co-Owner/Designer - Reversible Children’s Clothing

2002-2005 Kids On Stage, Costume Designer - Children’s Theater Company

2013-Present edie&glo, Owner/Designer - Garments & home goods from vintage fabrics

2014-2021 BCA Selected Artist participant for BCA Artist Markets, Burlington, VT

2019-2021 BUNDLE Creative Consultant, Manager, Middlebury, Vermont

2021- 2022 Find Your Wings VT, Co-Director - Public art installation project Middlebury, VT

2021- Vermont Creative Network Addison/Rutland Zone Agent, Vermont

2021- Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Board of Trustees Member, Vermont