Helen MacRitchie

McRitchie, Helen_ Monera

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.

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
2015 –                       untethered fibre artists inc.
2013 –                       Arts and Crafts Society of NSW, Craft NSW, 104 George St, Sydney, NSW
2012 –                       Arcadian Artists Trail, Dural, NSW
2008 –                       North Shore Craft Group, Sydney, NSW
2007 –                       Wheel ‘n’ Weft Craft Group, NSW
2004 –                       Australian Textile & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)

2015,13,12                 Sydney Royal Arts and Crafts Show (SRAS)
Standard of excellence awards
2015, 14  – 11            SRAS 1st prize awards

Recent Exhibitions (selected)
2018         un:Seen – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018         Synthesis – untethered fibre artists inc. GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018         inTransituntethered fibre artists inc. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2018         Stitched Up – untethered Group installation. Queen St Gallery, NSW
2017          inTransit – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017          Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017          ebb and flowuntethered, Muswellbrook Regional Art gallery, NSW
2017          ebb and flowuntethered, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen ACT
2016          ebb and flow – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2015          Out of Handuntethered, Wallarobba Arts and 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

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