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Artist Helen Fraser was born in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia in 1970.  After graduating with degrees in Psychology, Helen decided to pursue an artistic path.  Throughout the 1990's she explored numerous mediums after initially training with tonal realist painter Barbara McCallum for four years in Melbourne. 

In her early 40's she found her true creative voice by focusing on her passions of textiles, history, nature and human nature.  Her drawings and textiles have been featured in MindFood Magazine and Down Under Textiles and she has been interviewed by ABC Radio Bendigo and Canberra.   

Helen is a participant in the highly successful international United Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project (#UDHR Quilt Project)  which was on exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra from 2019-20.  Her quilt block was projected onto the front of Old Parliament House during Enlighten Canberra Festival 2019.

This project has led to intensive research into Australia's Slave Trade history resulting in an ongoing collaboration with the Australian South Sea Islanders Port Jackson in Sydney and the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra.  In August 2019 she ran a workshop called Yumi Olgeta: Crafting a More Inclusive Democracy to help the community learn about Australia's history and its impact through the process of creating chain stitch embroidery together. 

This led to the development of her first craftivism project which is currently underway where participants are creating embroidery for a commemorative quilt that will be donated to the Museum of Australian Democracy.  She has also collaborated with the Napen Napen Cultural women of Port Vila, Vanuatu who have created three stunning weavings for the quilt which will be completed by June 2023. 

Helen currently lives and works in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Her work is held in private and public collections in Australia, NZ, USA, Canada and Italy.  Her work can be purchased through regular solo and group shows, Falkner Gallery Castlemaine and Radius Art Hepburn Springs in Victoria, Australia. She also has an online shop which is reopening soon and studio visits can be arranged by appointment.