Museum Prinsenhof Delft “ Golden Age” Project, Holland Jan 2019 - Dec. 2019
“Rembrandt and the Golden Age” Project is an accessory collection commissioned by Museum Prinsenhof Delft. Inspired by the paintings from the 17th Century and made with vintage lace and repurposed materials - unique and one off pieces were created for exhibition and sale from October. The year 2019 marks 350 years since Rembrandt died and numerous exhibitions and activities across the Netherlands are celebrating Holland’s most acclaimed art and artists of this era. Please see MLH Collections “the Golden Age” for photoshoot and pieces.
Laerdal Project , Norway Nov 2017 - Jan 2019
"Laerdal Project" was a Making programme working with the community and local artisans . Michelle Lowe-Holder was one of the artist / designers invited to this small remote village famous for its beauty, summer markets and luxury salmon fishing . Working in mediums such as knit , embroidery, weaving, wood burning and applique, the idea was to create , modernise, and collaborate with the local residents to start small artisanal businesses in handmade traditional crafts. A project of over 15 months - including research trips to various Norwegian "Folk Museums" and on site workshops - All work was exhibited with renowned photographer Jens Hauge. Hand woven & knitted bags developed during the project are currently selling in Flåm Boutique , Norway.
"Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion" Mentor CSF & LCF FEB 2015 - DEC 2018
Michelle Lowe-Holder has been part of the mentoring team for the "Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion" since the partnership started in 2015. Students develop and propose tailor made creative and innovative sustainable solutions for Kering companies. 2 prizes are awarded - a paid internship or 10,000 Euro Grant Award for Sustainable Innovation. 2015 included Stella McCartney & Alexander McQueen 2016 Stella McCartney & Brioni 2017 Stella McCartney & Gucci 2018 Alexander McQueen & Pomellato
.“CLOUD” Southbank , Royal Festival Hall Oct-7-14th 2018
Exhibition and Workshop - Designers and Artists were invited to collaborate on costumes addressing ocean pollution with Tim Yip for a catwalk and static exhibition in Royal Festival Hall. MLH completed 3 concepts “Ocean” , “Supermarket” and “Tickets”.
Video Here https://vimeo.com/291475424
"the URBAN FORAGER" London Design Festival Brompton Design District Sept 15-23 2018
“the Urban Forager” installation by Michelle Lowe-Holder was part of Brompton Design District ‘Material Consequences” curated by Jane Withers for London Design Festival. Focusing on the growing “NOS” problem in east london and the metal waste - it featured collaborations from photographers - Amit and Naroop / Polly Penrose / Kerry Dean / Nicola Favaron and Marianne Wie with a documentary film by Katy Davies, drawing by Amy Thompson and designs by Simpson Ma & Atticus Durnell.
UNIVERSITY OF VENICE COTTON FOR LIFE RECLAIM TO WEAR PROJECT , Italy FEB 10-13, 2017
Michelle Lowe-Holder was invited to present her work and hold a workshop at Venice University. Orsola de Castro and Filippo of Fashion Revolution organised a design student collaboration with Cotton for Life ,University of Venice and University of Egypt to create collections over the next year focusing on upcycling and sustainable awareness.
Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Collaboration, Norway JAN 2015 - Present
The collaboration was to bring about awareness of Hillesvåg sustainable wool and yarn into a international market . 4 knit designers were invited to create new hand knit patterns and “Knit Packs”. A family run business for 3 generations – the complete yarn production from sheep to farm to yarn cleaning, combing and dyeing and selling in house with local distribution is local and on site. The sustainable ethos is intrinsic to the company and reflects a modern closed loop cycle. The project aim was to speak of Norway’s heritage but to also modernise thru design - with this “Raggare” was researched .A rising sub-culture of revalists who celebrate the 1950’s in Scandinavia - a small collection of vintage knit pieces relevant for today were recreated and recoloured with new stitches and wools which simultaneously recognise the glory days of "kitsch" knit pattern photography and style.
Gjerdet Community Center Project , Norway FEB- SEPT 2015
The project goal was to provide community engagement and involvement thru “making” while respecting the history of the centre. Set over 8 months – the project included researching the vast amount of textiles, clothing and historical fashion magazines from the turn of the century to the 1980’s left in a farmhouse owned by the same family for decades. While researching many examples of the humble “string bag” were evident – constructed in linen - it perfectly aligned with todays needs and making skills. Compactible, useful, practical, hand crafted and beautiful - we decided to focus on this remarkably simple item to re-make with the community with vintage yarn offcuts from a closing warehouse – that were to go to landfill. Additionally making workshops were held for local high school students.
BYBLOS SS15 Accessory Collection , UK/Italy JUN - AUG 2014
Michelle Lowe-Holder designed bespoke BYBLOS accessories in collaboration with Manuel Facchini. Fabrics and colours from BYBLOS collection were transferred into MLH silhouettes and shapes creating an exclusive collection for SS15.
"REPLENISH " video for Italian Vogue OCT 2013 / Digital Published FEB 2014
The commissioned video was shot for Italian Vogue for the "Vogue Fashion Dubai " event. The conceptual idea was to portray MLH's studio work and “show sustainability rather than talk about it.” Using the familiar imagery of the ballerina inside a girl's jewellery box - and playing with the concepts of unravelling and regeneration - the video focuses on sustainable design as essential to the dialogue of beauty and the environment.
Video by Katy Davies / Model Elisa Wald-Lasowsky / Creative Direction Polly Penrose / Music by Billy Faithfull
See the video here at www.vogue.it
Fire-Up Research Grant / Project & Exhibition, UK SEPT 2013 - MAR 2014
Michelle Lowe-Holder was one of the designers awarded a "FIRE UP" research grant by LCF to develop a 3D Print Design Project. In collaboration with Dr. Thomas Makryniotis, a researcher in 3D and virtual technologies at LCF’s Fashion Digital Studio with Professor Sandy Black. The idea was to develop a new bag concept through bio-mimicry and to create nylon printed nature-inspired bag frames mixed with textiles and hand finishing processes. The bags were exhibited at the Fire Up presentation and the 3D Print Show in London 2014 & AHRC Research and Development Exhibition London Design Festival 2018 .
"Made in Osteroy" Project , Norway JUL 2013 - SEPT 2014
“Made in Osteroy” was a collaboration between UK designer/makers and Norwegian artisans. Michelle Lowe-Holder worked with a weaver, knitter, furniture maker, ribbon maker and upholsterer, to help produce a small collection of furniture / jewelry / knitwear and woven ribbon chair covers. Focusing on creating new products for a new craft economy thru the recreating of heritage crafts with material innovation and design. All collaborations were displayed in the "Osteroy Museum 2013 / Bergen Showroom 2014 and Oslo Design & Architects Center 2014. As part of this project, MLH also conducted daily jewellery making workshops with local Norwegian high school students using vintage ribbons.
Nike Sustainability Collaboration , UK/USA JUN 2012 - JUL 2013
A year long project with LCF, CFS and NIKE – Working with Nike to develop an app that measures carbon footprint and environmental impact released in July 2013. Michelle Lowe-Holder / Christopher Raeburn / Matthew Miller & Alina Moat were invited to trial with the app in Portland and help form the development. Designers were also asked to mentor groups of students over a year to create sustainable designs with the app exhibited at the NIKE centre in Portland April 2013 / NIKE concept shop in London July 2013.
See the video here: www.youtube.com
M&S SWHOP LAB, UK APR - MAY 2012
M&S "SHWOP" collaboration with LCF / CFS and Oxfam, consisted of several designers including Michelle Lowe-Holder, Noel Stewart and Gary Harvey to design "upcycled" pieces for exhibition and hold workshops to help promote fashion recycling. The gallery space was covered with second hand clothes to demonstrate the amount of clothing thrown out in the UK each day. Joanna Lumley hosted its opening and the dialogue about clothing and fashion waste in the UK. Pieces made by each designer through recycling were exhibited in the gallery throughout the series of events.
SCIENCE MUSEUM LONDON - Lotto Lab, UK OCT 2011
Lotto Lab and the Science Museum workshop was a collaborative project hosted by the Lab of Misfits and Michelle Lowe-Holder. Using Beau Lotto's iconic colour dot theory ideas as a concept - this was translated into "make-your-own" DOT scarf experience and open to the public. The idea was that a dot scarf could be purchased with participants selecting their own additional coloured dots to be applied - creating individual and unique scarf designs while waiting, and touching upon colour theory and perception of colour in context.
Exclusive Collection for i-D 'Sustain' SEPT 2011
i-D magazine and CFS collaborated to create "iDSustain" a digital space featuring a designer each month over a year. The concept was dedicated to exploring the ‘modern artisan’ in the contemporary fashion industry, and how that role continues to evolve with the consistent development of the increasingly interconnected and commercial fashion market. The pieces were exclusively designed and created for the shoot by photographer Kerry Dean / creative director Alex McIntosh / Stylist Sam Willoughby
Go to i-D / i-Sustain feature
"The Believers" video SEPT 2011
The Believers is a fast growing art-meets-fashion platform founded in 2010 by La Fortuna Studio to support and connect the initiatives of international rising designers, brands and other entities that are defining the future of fashion. “Smashing Future Fashion” was a project presenting sustainable hand crafted couture. Michelle Lowe-Holder created two dresses that were featured in an art/fashion video which premiered at New York Fashion Week, Somerset House Cinema, and London Fashion Week.
See the video here: www.youtube.com
Darkroom "Africa" Collaboration APR 2010
London boutique Darkroom invited Michelle Lowe-Holder to created unique one-off hand crafted pieces for the Africa exhibit in shop April 2010. The “Ribbon Reclaim” Autumn collection shown at London Fashion Week was re-interpreted in beautiful African print cottons mixed with colourful bright flocked hardware to set it off. Stylishly exhibited on signature black stands – all the pieces sold.
Topshop x Michelle Lowe-Holder MARCH 2006 - JAN 2007
In September 2006, one of Topshop brands buyers found herself “falling in love” with a Michelle Lowe-Holder hand painted range in a boutique in LA. A month later, MLH Studio was in meetings with Topshop to create a small jersey print line. Plans for a small t-shirt range were quickly abandoned for a full range of favourites from the previous main line collections over the course of 2006 with four capsule ranges.
The collection was sold in over 100 shops in the UK, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, and Kuwait.