Helen O’Shea is a textile artist based in Cork who has exhibited internationally. After raising a family and working in a youth work setting for twenty years she went back to education exploring the field of Creative Textiles and Fine Art Textiles. In 2017 she finished her degree in Contemporary Applied Art. She did a residency in Iceland in 2015 which led to a shift in her practice; she was impressed with the way materials were utilised to the fullest. This idea of extracting more out of waste is what has stayed with her. This is the basis of the work she now makes.
Colonies of microorganisms growing on plastic rubbish floating in the sea have fueled her imagination. She uses machine embroidery on plastic bags to explore imagined entities born of plastic matter and incubated by the sea.