Michelle Lowe-Holder is an artist & maker using the body as a canvas to create unique and artisanal pieces . Utilising both modern and heritage techniques with mixed materials and a sustainable approach - each collection evolves from each other , led by a concept refined and developed thru the craft.
MLH work has been featured in press internationally including Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue India . Vogue Japan , Financial Times, Dazed and i-D magazine. The “Design Society” in Shenzhen, China will be exhibiting pieces from the touring “Fashioned by Nature” from mid March-June 2020 - having previously been shown in Natural History Museum of Copenhagen (2019) and the V&A in London (April 2018 - Jan 2019).
BIO / PROJECTS
Born in Canada holding UK and USA citizenship - Michelle Lowe-Holder holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Distinction in Design from Pratt Institute in New York. Michelle worked for several years in the fashion industry before returning to study and completing an MA in Knitwear at Central St. Martins in London. Following graduation the “MICHELLE LOWE-HOLDER” RTW collection was launched. Several BFC “New Gen” sponsorships followed including on-schedule runway shows at London Fashion Week and sales representation.
In 2009 the MLH label took a change of direction when the Center for Sustainable Fashion / LCF invited Michelle to attend the first co-hart of mentoring to help develop makers/designers to develop a more sustainable, slow and artisanal approach. The AW10 “Ribbon Reclaim” is the first group of MLH hand made pieces for the body using heritage crafting techniques and upcycling vintage and end of line ribbon
Michelle Lowe-Holder has also been involved in many projects from designing a knit pattern collection for a heritage Norwegian wool company, to upcycling for M&S and being part of the CSF development team for the Nike Maker App. The “Laerdal Project” in Norway ending Jan 2019 - is a project that spanned over 15 months whereby a team of designers worked with the local community and crafts people to create ways of modernising heritage crafts and materials to help local boutique entrepreneurial businesses. Most recently MLH studio was commissioned to create a collection for the Prinsenhof Delft Museum to celebrate the “Dutch Golden Age”. A national event in the Netherlands looking back at the great art and artists of the era in 2019, 350 years after the death of Rembrandt.
LECTURING / MENTORING / WORKSHOPS
Michelle Lowe-Holder has a PGCert Teaching Degree in Higher Education and HEA Fellowship from Manchester Metropolitan University. She was a part time Senior Lecturer at Instituto Marangoni for 10 years and currently is Project Leader and Co-ordinator for Research.
Past Guest Lecturing includes - Conde Nast College , Cordwainers LCF , Winchester University / University of Venice / Norwich University / American University / Kent University / East London University / Show Studio and London College of Fashion - MA Fashion Futures / BA Fashion Design H&M Project / BA Fashion Jewellery and BA & MA Fashion Buying.
Michelle has held several MAKING workshops most recently at “Cloud - China Changing” at the Royal Festival Hall , Southbank Sept 2018 and "Open Studio Fashion Revolution” April 2018 . In 2017 she participated in "Disco Make" with Fashion Revolution & Green Peace and "Reclaim to Wear " with University of Venice, University of Egypt and "Cotton for Life" .
Past events have been held at the “Science Museum” in London / “Contemporary Textile Studio” in Toronto, Canada and M&S/ Oxfam "SHWOP" event Dray Walk Gallery in East London. She has also held youth workshops in the “Osteroy Museum” and “Gjerdet Museum” in Norway and the "KCP Youth Centre" in London.
She has been a mentor on the "Kering Award for Sustainability" for the Center For Sustainability / LCF since the project began in 2015 alongside "Sustainable Angle" co-founder Amanda Johnston. Previous mentoring includes the NIKE year long designing project for the sustainable "MAKING APP"and Istituto Marangoni MA dissertation support.
MLH work is featured in the following published books:
“ARTISTAR JEWLES ” by Fausto Lupetti 2019
"FASHIONED BY NATURE" Victoria & Albert Museum 2018
“CORK in ART, FURNITURE , FASHION & ARCHITECTURE “ by Guillaume Bounore / Chloe Genevaux 2017
“MARKETING FASHION” by Harriet Posner 2015
“RE-FASHIONED” by Sass Brown 2013
”THE NEW JEWELLERS” by Olivier Dupont 2013
“ACCESSORY DESIGN” by John Lau 2013
“OPERA VOL II CONTEMPORARY NUDES“ by Matthias Straub 2012
“SUSTAINABLE HANDBOOK” by Sandy Black 2012
“AMELIA’S COMPENDIUM OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION” by Amelia Gregory 2011