|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Rollerskate Skinny
Jimi Shields (born in New York) was previously best known for his work with 1990s indie rock group Rollerskate Skinny. He is the co-director of TTT, thirtythreetrees, LTD in Dublin, Ireland, which is a landscape art and garden design practice. He formed the band, the Wounded Knees with former Mercury Rev flautist Suzanne Thorpe in 2001.
Shields is one of five siblings born to a mother who worked as a nurse and a food-industry executive father. The family immigrated to Dublin when he was a child. He is the brother of My Bloody Valentine leader Kevin Shields and shoe designer Eileen Shields. Their sister, Anne Marie, has worked extensively in the music industry and had managed the tours of My Bloody Valentine and Rollerskate Skinny. Shields is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology - Bolton Street.
Shields joined Rollerskate Skinny in the early 1990s as their drummer/guitarist/vocalist. He played on, co-produced and wrote much of their 1993 Shoulder Voices LP, as well as on the Novice (1992), Trophy (1993), and Threshold (1994) EPs. Shields left Rollerskake Skinny in 1994 and moved from Dublin to Chicago. While in Chicago, he formed Lotus Crown, and released Chokin' on the Jokes on Reprise Records in 1997.
Shields later worked with J Mascis and Martina Topley-Bird, and he recorded sessions with brother Kevin for My Bloody Valentine that have yet to be released. In 2008 the Wounded Knees released the "All Rise" EP on limited-edition 10" brown vinyl and played a string of tour dates supporting the newly reformed My Bloody Valentine.
Established in 2004 by Jimi Shields + Maria Vlahos, TTT is a multi-disciplinary design practice, based in Dublin City, with a particular emphasis on landscape architecture and garden design installations. TTT have collaborated with many internationally renowned architects, completed and contributed to various award winning projects and have exhibited widely; including the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2010 with dePaor Architects. The practice is also commissioned for artworks. TTT were awarded the Arts Council Architecture Project Award for 2011 and were awarded, by merit of their work, the first affiliate memberships to the Irish Landscape Institute in 2009.
Jimi Shields, graduate of the Dublin School of Architecture (DIT), has been invited to speak and teach at various universities including, UCD School of Architecture, UCD School of Landscape Architecture, Dublin School of Architecture (DIT), Queens University Belfast and UCC School of Architecture. Jimi has contributed writing to various publications. He was previously known for his work with the band, Rollerskate Skinny.
Maria Vlahos, graduate of the New York Botanic Gardens with a special award, is the former Head Gardener at the world renowned Mount Usher Gardens. Maria was the first woman, in its 140 year history, to be awarded the post and presented many talks while there. Maria and has hosted various site visits for UCD School of Landscape Architecture .