Hollie Taylor was born in Statesville, North Carolina. She attended public schools in North and South Carolina through her undergraduate degree, earning a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1972 she took a teaching position at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. At this post and in subsequent years teaching in Chapel Hill, NC Hollie taught all levels of drawing, painting, printmaking, design and ceramics.
Hollie has lived in Chapel Hill off and on since 1963 and enjoyed being a part of the varied and interesting triangle art community for years. She has been an exhibiting member of Orange County Artists Guild since 2002 and is a member of Triangle Visual Artists.
Hollie’s main interest is expressing her visual ideas through the right medium. This belief has taken her to ceramics, mixed media painting on traditional and ceramic surfaces (notice on this site examples of Ceramic Post Cards which Hollie created in several series), digital collage printed on metal, and recently in Protest Pearls jewelry. Protest Pearls jewelry showcases archival images of suffragettes and abolitionists in updated freshwater pearl chokers or chain necklaces, to remind women of their collective power.
Protest Pearls Jewelry
Protest Pearls was conceived during the Women’s March of early 2017 when the artist was reminded of the early 20th century women who protested in Washington DC for the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting the vote to women.
Protest Pearls Jewelry, showcases many of the American suffragettes and abolitionists who collectively fought for freedom, the right to vote and social justice. Susan B Anthony, Lucy Burns, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth
and Harriet Tubman are the first generation of suffratettes featured in the Protest Pearls jewelry group.
Protest Pearl jewelry, handmade by the artist, features archival photos sized to a metal pendant tray, which is then encased in resin and connected to an updated freshwater pearl choker necklace or metal chain. Come see and celebrate the collective power of these important women of history and accomplishment.
Each suffragette is featured in a small, educational booklet which accompanies each purchase. The booklet contains a significant quote, and accomplishments each woman is known for achieving in her lifetime.