Helen O’Leary


Helen generally works with used textiles and wire. She likes to weave the wire into body shapes where it gradually rusts and breaks as it stains and rots the fabric and threads with which it comes into contact. Old photographic images are also important, Helen prints them onto textiles then works into them.

The intrigue of the layers of plaster and wallpaper discovered in old houses along with the crafts involved in building the houses have all informed Helen’s working practice. Mixed media used to enhance the textiles within the work probably best explains Helen’s work. Helen’s work is not about dwelling in the past but remembering fragments
of the past that are, in part, who we are today.


e: helenolearyart@gmail.com
w: www.helenoleary.co.uk