Helen MacRitchie

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Artist Statement

I am a textile artist working in both Australia and the UK.

I concentrate upon the detail found in nature and the landscape recreating, through contemporary abstract representation, the impressions and feelings these evoke.  Texture, colour and visual design are significant to the interaction with my audience.  I find the textile interpretation of a subject offers further artistic opportunity to involve sensory awareness – the work is both tactile and visually stimulating.

I often employ wool felt in my practice, drawing satisfaction from the transformational process and close physical connection that occurs through the hand manipulation of wet felting. This medium allows my artistic vision to be expressed sculpturally as desired. The blend of other fabrics and mixed media with felt presents further interest through play on differences in surface texture, opacity and rigidity. Machine and hand embroidery further enhances the medium by providing both highlighted detail and subtle blending to a work, both distinct line and sympathetic shading. It brings a painterly finesse to an organically formed material.

Helen MacRitchie_Revealing Pathways
Revealing Pathways, inTransit Exhibition


2008 – 16                   City & Guilds 7922 Level 3 Diploma in Design and Craft- Stitched     Textiles (Embroidery) from Urchfont College, UK
2003 – 07                   City & Guilds 7922 Level 3 Certificate Design and Craft- Stitched Textiles (Embroidery) from Urchfont College, UK
1993 – 98                   PhD in Pharmaceutics from King’s College, University of London, UK
1983 – 87                   BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

Exhibiting Associations, Memberships and Affiliations
2018-    Oxfordshire Craft Guild, UK andPrism Textiles UK
2015-    untethered fibre artists inc.
2013-    Arts and Crafts Society of NSW, Craft NSW, 104 George St, Sydney, NSW

2018                Shortlisted for Zealous Co. EMERGE Craft Prize UK
2015,13,12      Sydney Royal Arts and Crafts Show (SRAS) Standard of excellence awards
2015, 14  – 11   SRAS 1st prize awards

Recent Exhibitions (selected)
2019    Fragility – Prism Textiles, Hoxton Arches, London UK
2019    un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019    un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2018    un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018    Synthesis – untethered fibre artists, GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018    inTransituntethered fibre artists, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2018    Stitched Up – untethered fibre artists, Group installation. Queen St Gallery, NSW
2017    inTransit – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017    Stitched up – untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017    ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Muswellbrook Regional Art gallery, NSW
2017    ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen ACT
2016    ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2015    Out of Hand – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2014    Craft NSW artists’ exhibition – Gallery 152, The Gap, Brisbane
2013    Exquisite Touch – small group exhibition, Craft NSW, Rocks
2014, 12, 10    Future….Past, Fragment, and Voyages ATASDA group exhibitions,
Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, NSW

Hangings, Wearables and Handbags commissioned in Australia and London, UK

2017    Felt, issue 17.
            Textile, issue 128, p17.
2016    Be Creative with Workbox, issue 157, p38 – 45
             Worldwide Colours of Felt, Bakker E, http://www.textil-link.de
             Down under Textiles, issue 24, p18 – 21
2014    Down under Textiles, issue 17, p76
             Stitch issue 87, p12 – 14

Tutor     ATASDA NSW, ATASDA QLD, Hand Weavers and Spinners NSW
Stitching and Beyond Inc, Tasmania