Helle Mellemstrand

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Helle Mellemstrand graduated from Bergen School of Arts & Crafts and she lives and works in Stavanger. Working in wool, glue and self-made felt Mellemstrand creates large scale installations and intricate work. The work could make ones thoughts wander towards wounds, crust, fat, brain, entrails or a delicious dessert.

Helle Mellemstrands website.

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“I am looking for textiles and forms that convey shared memories and experiences, be it current political events or universal themes such as anxiety, loss, joy, death, the sea and love. I reuse textiles to preserve and promote female and feminine values. I work with wool fibers, self-made felt and reused textiles in 2- and 3-dimensional works, and often use glue so that the textiles become hard, even if the surfaces look and feel soft. I sew patches of homemade felt and old household textiles together into new shapes and patterns. Some of the wool fiber works are large flakes, while others consist of parts/modules.”

Helle Mellemstrand in fromt of the work SNERK. Galleri Opdahls Showroom, Stavanger. Photo by Markus Johansson, at the courtesy of Galleri Opdahl.
Helle Mellemstrand in fromt of the work SNERK. Galleri Opdahls Showroom, Stavanger. Photo by Markus Johansson, at the courtesy of Galleri Opdahl.
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