prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Helen O'Leary

After originally studying fashion Helen worked in knitwear design while assisting her husband in his photography business and bringing up a family. Eventually she returned to education and gained a further degree in Applied Art, leading to an MA in Fine and Applied Art Practice. Her work frequently described as disturbing, uncanny and thought provoking is produced mainly for exhibition but can also be seen in on- line video.

TEXTILE PRACTICE
Womens’ past associations with textiles are Helens’ main interest. Textiles took up a large portion of most womens’ time and energy. Keeping the families clothes clean and mended was an important measure in the local society of a womans’ worth. Clothes were expensive and valued, it is these past values and the memories we can still attach to certain items of clothing that mean that where applicable she prefers working with used textiles.
Her work is a mixture of two and three dimensional pieces, and in addition to textiles frequently includes wire, photographic images and found objects.



Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, UK

www.helenoleary.co.uk

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