Danish born, Helle Helsner is a multidisciplinary artist based in beautiful West Cork.
With an ethos in ancient methods and materiality, her work is a continued exploration of intuitive material understanding leading to a practice focused on rendering and understanding the ancient landscape through sculpture, drawing, and what she refers to as wearable art: bespoke jewellery in precious and non-precious metal and large hand knitted wraps.
Working with textiles runs in my ancestral line as I come from a family of knitters. For me working with thread is a form of active mindfulness that connects me to something deeper and invigorating. Both nature and the material itself are the inspirational muse behind the wraps. Living in West Cork means nature is always in abundance : the woods and beaches are the living sources of my inspiration and are reflected in the colours and pattern of the knitting. New seeds are sown daily and in tune with the seasons, grows into concepts and ideas that ensures all my work remains constant and dynamic. Combining the aesthetic of Danish design with the beauty of the Irish landscape, the wraps in Donegal heather wool envelops the wearer in the ancient landscape through colour and texture, whilst at the same time retaining a contemporary feel.
Helle exhibits regularly in Ireland and abroad, with elements of her practice resulting in collaborations with leading archaeologists from both Denmark and Ireland. She has works in Private Collections in Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, and UK, including the RTÉ Collection. A bespoke Brooch created and presented to Queen Margrethe of Denmark in 2015 – is now in the State Jewellery Collection A member of Visual Artist Ireland, the Design and Craft Council Ireland and the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland, she also a lecturer at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, from where she graduated with a MA by research in 2001.
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