Friday, April 24, 2009

collections: with gooseflesh

i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series: 11 & a 1/2 quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) hope you'll just love: beach detritus: with the wonderful Helle of gooseflesh.


shells & bones

who (are you)
Helle Jorgensen AKA Gooseflesh

what (are you collecting) : Driftwood, sponges, shells, bones, shark egg-cases, plastic beach detritus, bird's nests, old needlework, tapestry wool, old concrete pots, plastic bags and truck names.

when (did you start) : As a child.

how (many do you have?) : Too many to count.

where (do you find them) : The beach, on the side of the road (discarded). Op-shops.

where (do you keep them) : In my work-room in boxes; the living room, on display; the garden.

what (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : One of my favourite nests is lined with soft fluffy white fur. I found it on the grass very close to a house where a little Maltese terrier lives. It's master brushes it's coat and throws the fur into the garden where the birds find it and bring it home to their nests.

what (piece would you like to add): Pink, orange and red discarded plastic bags.

why (do you love them) : I love the beauty and complexity of the natural objects from the beach. The bird's nests are exquisitely made and are full of symbolism. The concrete pots come in weird and wonderful shapes and have an interesting patina. The truck names are just plain silly. The discarded plastic bags are a great medium for my crocheted sculptures.

what (else do you collect) : Friends!

coloured plastic



that's what comes to mind when i think of the vast, oceanic talent of helle, masterartist behind gooseflesh.

her handmade wonders amaze me. i love her sense of whimsy & organic artisanship. i love the shapes & colours & detail she utilizes. and when i saw her collection of beach detritus, i asked her if i could feature her amazing, beautiful work as a lovely lovely & fitting end to our special earth day week!

thanks for making such beauty from such debris, gooseflesh. wow.
be sure to visit her thoughtful & beautiful blog,
and her gorgeous handmade shop.
(ps: i hear that on monday, april 27th, gooseflesh will be drastically downsizing her art / craft materials, (including craft books & fabrics) with 10% of proceeds being donated to the Australian Conservation Fund!)

thanks for such a great earth day week, lovelies! let's keep the green momentum going!

(and i'll be drawing the winner of the rikrak mini-shopping spree tonight... still time to enter!)

see you monday for something superfun!

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  1. Those collections are very beautiful! YES! Isn't found art the best? Have a great weekend, RR!

  2. Thank you for your very kind words.

  3. That collection is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love her collections. This is such a great idea for a series!


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