Deirdre Nelson is an Irish artist/designer based in Glasgow. She studied textiles at Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and then a Masters in Philosophy in 1996. Her practice is wide ranging but focuses on textiles which explore humour, place and social history. She marries traditional techniques with contemporary processes such as digital print in creating works that span art, design and craft.
Working sometimes to commission or within an artist residency, she is often engaged with education or community projects. She enables the communities she works with to explore social and environmental issues through the process of making. Deirdre also works to commission for arts and healthcare organisations, collaborating with creatives such as architects, musicians and writers which allows her to create and produce diverse projects.
For this exhibition Deirdre is working in connection with Repair Café Glasgow, where she is a volunteer on a textile piece that will explore data gathered through regular repair sessions with the public. This will highlight the work already done at the Repair Café and put a spotlight on the full breadth of objects that can be repaired and mended. Deirdre’s work encourages the viewer to think not just about the empowering act of mending, but also the value of sharing skills within a circular economy.