"Stitch Colour Pattern"
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.
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