Joely Helgesen

Figures - Soft Sculpture
 
My artistic journey began as a weaver, natural dyer, a maker of artistic books and a slow stitcher. Each one of my characters are uniquely different - I let my mind drift to imagine each one's story. The creation tells me how they would like to dress and present themselves to the world.
 
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest and am a member of the Oregon College of Art & Craft’s Community and Studio School in Portland, Oregon. I can lose myself for hours imagining my characters and constructing their clothing. Hunting for unique fabrics in thrift shops, yard sales or using my own natural dyed items adds to their whimsical fashioned dress styles. Their faces, hands, and feet are hand formed and painted for variable expressions. My "Marching Women" are inspired by the international "Resist" movement and the color blue. In the natural fabric dyeing world, indigo blue will color your cloth except where it meets some kind of object of resistance. The recently reignited feminist movement was a natural fit for my women marchers to come alive.


Examples of Joely Helgesen's Artwork

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Soft Sculpture Figure

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Soft Sculpture Figure

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Soft Sculpture Figure