Holly Gaboriault is a designer, writer and cultural producer creating work and interdisciplinary events that generate curiosity, provide access and create awareness in design and culture. A Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumni with a BFA in Illustration, storytelling has been a continuous theme throughout work in art direction, curation, filmmaking, and exhibition. This includes producing and directing a documentary film series, the RI Art Archive Project, exploring the Rhode Island arts and culture community featuring artists, curators, museum directors, and historians.
Extending her practice into community-building, she has served on several Board of Directors and Committees for non-profit organizations; provided strategic consultation for cultural and educational organizations; and created nationally-profiled creative content and cultural programming featuring leading contemporary thinkers and makers.
Inside the studio, she has created public art installations and exhibitions incorporating history, storytelling and design. Inspired from folklore, global textiles and fashion anthropology, her design work has been published and exhibited nationally.
Holly’s recent research projects include a series of fashion anthropology and design books and a citywide cultural pop-up series. Her RISD Global Arts & Cultures graduate focus explores the power of juxtaposed narrative, multi-vocality and layers of process through history and design. Her work continues to exemplify a commitment to the belief that the strength of voice and the power of story is not only inspirational, but a fundamental element of who we are.
Creative Direction | Design
Arts + Cultural Programming / Engagement
Exhibition Curation Narrative design
Journalism / Writing
Archival design research
Fashion anthropology Strategic institutional planning Board of Directors stewardship
Design instruction Public Lecture