Helga – Hand Painted Scarf
“I am a textile designer, artist and tutor.” Helga’s work is strongly influenced by an ongoing love of the Australian flora and fauna as well as the abstract symbolism of pre-historic culture. Her early influences were contact with European modern art in regard to her strong bold colour treatment. Helga’s interest and training in archaeology and prehistory and the decoration of utilized items throughout all cultures have influenced her style. Her colour and designs are strong and bold and her garments and accessories are statements in silk that transcend mere fashion. Painted silk has characteristics similar to watercolour painting; soft, flowing colours, or sharp, precise hues, soft blurred edges while using a type of gum resist called ‘gutta’, designs painted onto silk form a colour containing edge. “My work is in many private collections in Japan, America and Europe. I have taught at Sturt
Summer School, and worked as artist in residence in Alice Springs and Tasmania for the last 30 years”. Helga exclusively uses silk and Naphthol dyes which are mainly used in a unique direct painting method with brushes and traditional batik. An exceptional example of all things beautiful in Australia.