Helen runs popular creative workshops for children, young adults and adults from the studio. The children’s workshops run through the holidays in painting & screen printing, graffiti & spray painting, creative journaling, wire 3d sculpture, rust printing and natural dying; with an emphasis on experimentation and fun, encouraging children to try new techniques.
On Thursday evenings and Fridays and Sundays, Helen shares her experience and knowledge in the natural dyeing and rust printing process with adults. Helen draws on experience gained from her time living in Laos, where she learned from the skills of the master dyers at the Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre. Dying and weaving are part of this South East Asian country’s longstanding craft tradition. Helen enjoyed two years learning and experimenting with traditional artisans on how to dye material using plant dyes sourced from the local environment.
Whilst living in Australia, Helen took a trip to the University of New South Wales Collage of Fine Arts facility in the Australian Outback, and it was here that her obsession began with the types of eco and rust printing processes popularised by India Flint. These workshops combine the rust and natural dying process with Japanese Shibori folding techniques to make unique patterns and textures with bold, rich colours.
As part of Helen's professional creative career, she held roles including Creative Director at HarperCollins Publishing in Sydney and Illustration Agent at the Bright Agency, in London. In addition to hands-on creative workshops, she now offers graphic design skills, coaching and consultation to young adults who wish to follow a creative career in graphic design, publishing, advertising, branding, illustration and fine art.
Helen holds a Master’s degree in Art from the UNSW College of Fine Art (COFA), Sydney, Australia, majoring in painting.
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