Helen Fraser

Helen Fraser

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"Stitch Colour Pattern"

Solo Exhibitions
'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, North Melbourne, May 2017
'Mummy, I've Lost my Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, April-May 2017
'Footsteps Through the Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, Kyneton, June 2013

Helen's work is held in private collections in Australia, USA, Canada and Italy. She currently lives and works in Melbourne/Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia.

The common thread that runs through this artist's journey is a passion for textiles. Contemporary artist Helen Fraser is from a family of women who passed on their interest and skills in textiles to her from the age of four. Over the last forty-three years Helen has developed skills in knitting (including heritage lace knitting), embroidery, spinning, tapestry weaving, sewing and quilting. These skills now compliment her drawing and painting work in a multidisciplinary art practice that focuses on stitch, colour and pattern.

Using textiles as a metaphor for the human condition, Helen is interested in looking closely at past and present textile traditions. By carefully observing a particular textile and drawing it using observational skills in her sketchbook, she is trying to get to its heart and soul, to understand and then express the meaning of this textile to its maker and the culture at large. this process literally performs an act of transformation.

Not surprisingly, transformation is at the heart of what she stands for as a Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice in Prahran, Melbourne where she has worked for almost twenty years. This role has also been a significant influence to her art ...

"Stitch Colour Pattern"

Solo Exhibitions
'Mountain is Myself', Gallerysmith Project Space, North Melbourne, May 2017
'Mummy, I've Lost my Teddy', Alternating Current Art Space, April-May 2017
'Footsteps Through the Forest', Exhibit Artist Space, Kyneton, June 2013

Helen's work is held in private collections in Australia, USA, Canada and Italy. She currently lives and works in Melbourne/Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia.

The common thread that runs through this artist's journey is a passion for textiles. Contemporary artist Helen Fraser is from a family of women who passed on their interest and skills in textiles to her from the age of four. Over the last forty-three years Helen has developed skills in knitting (including heritage lace knitting), embroidery, spinning, tapestry weaving, sewing and quilting. These skills now compliment her drawing and painting work in a multidisciplinary art practice that focuses on stitch, colour and pattern.

Using textiles as a metaphor for the human condition, Helen is interested in looking closely at past and present textile traditions. By carefully observing a particular textile and drawing it using observational skills in her sketchbook, she is trying to get to its heart and soul, to understand and then express the meaning of this textile to its maker and the culture at large. this process literally performs an act of transformation.

Not surprisingly, transformation is at the heart of what she stands for as a Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice in Prahran, Melbourne where she has worked for almost twenty years. This role has also been a significant influence to her art practice. For example, her artwork often includes themes and motifs such as threads, fragments, frayed edges, stitching, tassels, weaving, knitting and knots; all representing aspects of healing, recovery and self-understanding as we pull threads back into a whole after trauma/loss or untie the binds that keep us enmeshed in certain key relationships.

Helen is passionate about colour and the process of creating colour harmony in her work. She often develops colour palettes from nature or explores new combinations using her sketchbook so there is a sense of never-ending possibility. She is currently working with a monochromatic palette of indigo and white but often turns to a combination of turquoise, eggplant violet, warm yellow, pinks and light blue. She then likes to combine these with black, grey or browns.

Helen's love of pattern is the final area of interest that seems to tie stitch and colour together. By exploring patterns found within textile designs and using a variety of colour combinations she has now found her own artistic language which has the dynamism and versatility to express the ideas and feelings that matter most to her.

When not in the studio or with clients, Helen enjoys time with family and friends, gardening and running. In addition, her love of textiles always seems to seep into all aspects of her life so she can often be found quietly stitching while watching TV at night or knitting a scarf or beanie for friends. Other influences include dreams, psychoanalytic literature, relationships, theatre, humour, nature and her garden.

For this artist, art and life are definitely intertwined.

Indigo Memory (2017)
Indigo Memory (2017)
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Indigo Song (2017)
Indigo Song (2017)
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Woven (2017)
Woven (2017)
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Spirit Cloth (2017)
Spirit Cloth (2017)
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Holding Tension
Holding Tension
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Border Wall: Who is Going to Pay?
Border Wall: Who is Going to Pay?
  • 29.7 x 42 cm
  • AU$280.00
A Gift of Lace Knitting For Trump
A Gift of Lace Knitting For Trump
  • 42 x 29.7 cm
  • AU$280.00
Shrine for Teddy No. 1
Shrine for Teddy No. 1
  • 98 x 48 cm
  • AU$1,260.00
Integration 2
Integration 2
  • 67.8 x 164.3 x 5.5 cm
  • AU$2,750.00
There is No Mountain
There is No Mountain
  • 52.2 x 124.8 x 4 cm
  • AU$1,950.00
The Needlewoman
The Needlewoman
  • AU$275.00
Knot Here
Knot Here
  • 24 x 13 x 4 cm
  • AU$275.00
Knot There
Knot There
  • 24 x 8 x 5 cm
  • AU$275.00
Integration 1
Integration 1
  • 67.8 x 164.3 x 5.5 cm
  • AU$2,766.50
Vulnerable Self (Teddy No 2 Replacement)
Vulnerable Self (Teddy No 2 Replacement)
  • 56 x 30 x 16 cm
  • AU$890.00
Threads 6
Threads 6
  • 17.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Threads 5
Threads 5
  • 17.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Threads 4
Threads 4
  • 17.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Threads 3
Threads 3
  • 17.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Threads 2
Threads 2
  • 7.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Threads 1
Threads 1
  • 17.7 x 38 cm
  • AU$280.00
Drum
Drum
  • 12 x 6 x 4 cm
  • AU$275.00
Rebirth
Rebirth
  • AU$275.00
Alchemy
Alchemy
  • AU$275.00
Five's a Crowd (2016)
Five's a Crowd (2016)
  • 29.7 x 42 cm
  • AU$330.00