I have been involved in textiles for as long as I can remember - when going on holiday as a child, the first thing I packed was a little bag of sewing equipment! I made my first dress at age 10 and haven’t stopped since. I get excited about all forms of textile work – figurative, wearable or abstract.
I have delivered in-service training for primary teachers – introducing them to using creative textile techniques with children and I contributed regular articles on textiles for an art education journal. For many years I worked in a Further Education college, teaching fashion and embroidery to young people and adults, and then as a community tutor and manager of the Skills for Life programme. I was a member of the South West Textile Group, exhibiting work throughout the country, and was artist in residence for several community projects in Somerset.
A feature of all my work is the use, as far as possible, of totally recycled and found materials. People often donate me unwanted clothes and curtains and I unpick them, squirrelling everything – buttons, zips, lace, linings - away for future use.
BBC Derby Interview with Sally Swinfen
"Meet Mig Holder. She has given up her day job to follow her creative dream. A keen sewer, she is now making a living creating new designs from old or unworn clothes - and she's beating the credit crunch in the process!" [read more]
Derby Telegraph Article - 25th November 2008
"A textile artist is helping people save money during the credit crunch by repairing, remodelling and remaking their old clothes." [read more]