‘stitch by stitch, circle by circle, weaving is like the creation of life, all things are connected”. Auntie Ellen Trevorrow 2003
Helen has been involved with visual arts all her life. Her father, Franz Philipp taught Fine Arts at Melbourne University and was biographer to Arthur Boyd, so Helen grew up surrounded by Art.
Helen began painting in her 30s and after raising her son, began a more focused approach to visual arts. She has studied Iconography for 3 years under Anna Prifti(ongoing) and completed a 1 year drawing course at The Victorian College of the Arts. Recently she learned to weave with Ngarrindjeri Elder, Ellen Trevorrow, whose giant whale is displayed in South Australia Maritime Museum. Helen has spent the year devoting her self to weaving. Although predominantly using Ngarrindjeri weaving style, her work has departed from the use of native grasses in favour of coloured Madagascan raffia. The focus of Helen’s baskets is colour, as it complements and enhances form.
‘Colour has driven my work for years and now I have discovered my ideal form and media - woven raffia. The quote I have used from Auntie Ellen Trevorrow resinates when I am weaving; I draw my inspiration from the vibrant colours of the natural world. Weaving has become my passion in life and I continue to learn and develop my work’.
Helen is currently working on a series of three-dimensional sea creatures, drawing on enlarged photographs of miniscule creatures such as plankton. Helen lives and works in St Kilda.
Please contact Storehouse to discuss our Helen Philipp pieces.