HELEN PHILIPP

Artist in Residence Linden New Art

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MY WORK

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Stitch by stitch, circle by circle, weaving is like the creation of life, all things are connected”. Auntie Ellen Trevorrow, 2003

Although predominantly using Ngarrindjeri weaving style taught to me by Elder and mentor Ellen Trevorrow, my work has departed from the use of native grasses in favour of dyed Madagascan raffia, paper twine,  wire and found plastics. The focus of my sculptural work is colour, as it complements and enhances form. My weavings draw inspiration from the vibrant colours and circular forms of ocean creatures, using enlarged photographs of plankton as a reference for creating sculptural forms. 

 
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FORTHCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION
"14 PIECES"

Carlisle Street Art Space 
St Kilda Town Hall
Date to be announced due to Covid 19 delays

A show of woven sculpture which explores the increasing presence of waste plastics on the foreshore and their effect on marine plant and animal life.

 
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ARTWORK

Dive into My Portfolio

 
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THREE SQUIDS

2019

'Three Squids'  took my weaving to a new level of complexity and intricacy. I work in fine stitches. There is no frame. The density of the stitch creates a solid form. I use a netting stitch with the basic coiling stitch to create the squid's frills.

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THREE SQUIDS-DETAIL

2019

Close up of one of the squids

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FLOTILLA

2018-2019

In Flotilla the eleven Jelly Fish are suspended on fishing line. They are light and catch the breeze easily. The constant movement  creates the sense of weightless floating.

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RED AND WHITE TINTINNID

2020

A year ago, I began to collect plastic debris from the foreshore of St. Kilda to stop it washing out to sea and being ingested by birds, sea animals and fish.  I have started to incorporate them into my woven sea creatures, aiming to raise awareness of the ingestion of plastics which is occurring and the risk to the ecosystem this poses. It also demonstrates how, through the creative process, we can begin to rethink our relationship with plastics; I hope to promote more awareness of the way we use and dispose of everyday items such as straws and bottle tops.

PLASTIC FILLED SQUID 2020

I find new ways of using the plastic; here the plastic filled squid  symbolises the mass ingestion of plastic by marine life.

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3 wall hangings 2019-20

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RECENT SHOWS

SOLO EXHIBITION AT YARRA SCULPTURE GALLERY

May 2-19 2019

'Shapes beneath the surface'

woven forms inspired by photographs of plankton

STOREHOUSE-100 BARKLY ST.  ST KILDA

2018,2019 ongoing

Storehouse is a design gallery that sells my baskets

YARRA SCULPTURE BONANZA GROUP SHOW

Oct 22-Nov 16 2019

I piece -'Transmutation'

GROUP SHOW

GEELONG ART SPACE

February 16- March 29 2020
(show extended due to Covid 19)

I piece -' 8 piece Flotilla'

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

LINDEN NEW ART

November 2019- November 2021

Studio space at Linden has allowed me to continue working, throughout Covid 19 lock-down,  towards my solo exhibition at Carlisle St ( due to open in August 2020 but postponed due to gallery closures because of virus)

XMAS  GROUP SHOW
NO VACANCY GALLERY 
34-40 JANE BELL LANE MELBOURNE

Dec 16-23 2019

baskets and 5 jelly fish

LINDEN POSTCARD SHOW

Nov 2019 -Feb 2020

4 entries 8x10 wall pieces

 
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Baskets

I learned my craft by making many, many baskets- I learned to control form and attain a regularity of stitch. Basket also allow me to play with colour.