Hollis Nelson (BFA Emily Carr University) is a queer interdisciplinary artist living and working in the DTES of Vancouver who is best known for her hand painted wearable leather art pieces. Home-schooled in east Vancouver her upbringing involved visiting the local forests, swimming, practicing taekwondo, playing violin and making art. A painter as well as a community engaged artist Hollis’ practice involves hosting up-cycling workshops and neighborhood art drop-ins, showing other artists work, mentoring young artists, feeding the community and organizing clothing drives. Hollis began offering her slow fashion workshops out in the community at Ray Cam Community Centre last summer and has since expanded to other community centres; Trout Lake, Douglas Park and Dunbar.