The Art of Helle Jorgensen (Gooseflesh)

In December 2006, Denmark-born Australian artist Helle Jorgensen launched her blog, Gooseflesh, to serve as a place where she could share the details of the artwork that she was already starting to get a good response from on Flickr. Although I didn’t discover her blog until recently, I’m so glad that she launched it back then because it is a treasure trove of insight into the beautiful work that she creates, much of which features crochet. In her first post she dedicated the blog to her grandmother who taught her how to crochet when she was a child.

Gooseflesh

20 small crochet sculptures

20 small sculptures from Gooseflesh, 2011

Helle Jorgensen, AKA Gooseflesh, is an artist who does beautiful work using reclaimed materials to create fresh takes on nature. For example, she uses recycled bags to make sea creatures or reclaimed wool to make coral gardens. In addition to her crochet work she does artistic collecting, embroidery and drawing. According to a great interview at Chain Creative, she loves that crochet connects to so many things including the generations of the past, math and science. She also likes that it lends itself well to sculpture work and that it offers a rhythmic experience that is meditative. Simply Knitting reports that Jorgensen spends upwards of 40 hours per week crocheting. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of locations over the past several years.

Gooseflesh and Beach Collections

Something that I think is really neat in exploring the Gooseflesh blog is that you can see old ideas coming to fruition over time. The second post on the blog, Beach Detritus, shares that the artist has been collecting items from the beach for a long time (her driftwood collection started twenty years ago) and wants to use them in her art but doesn’t necessarily know how to do that.

driftwood crochet

She’s done it in many ways over the course of the blog and five years later we see these great new forays into driftwood art where she crochets hemp yarn around the pieces in creative ways. She’s planning a July exhibition of these works.

crochet driftwood

Gooseflesh Plarn

One of the things that Gooseflesh has gotten known for is the amazing work that she does using crocheted plastic bags. One key thing she’s done in plarn is a series of plastic sea creatures:

Medusa nematocysta

Medusa nematocysta, 2006

echino

Echino, 2010

Cephalopod

Cephalopod, 2005

Gooseflesh Coral Gardens

Another great series from Gooseflesh is her coral gardens series where she takes the idea of the crochet coral reef and reinvents it using reclaimed wool:

Barnacles

Barnacles

Coral Components

Coral Components

Gooseflesh Softwear

Back in 2007 Gooseflesh created a set of wearable soft sculpture jewelry for the Powerhouse Museum Shop. These wearable pieces continue to show the influence of beach-y nature in her designs. They are crocheted with repurposed tapestry wool and then fulled (felted):

Nodule Bracelet

Nodule Bracelet

crochet softwear

crochet jewelry

Other Similar Crochet Artists

The crochet coral garden series has to bring The Wertheim Sisters to mind

The focus on natural, organic designs makes me think of Alexandra Bircken

The work with plarn reminds me a bit of the collaborative art piece called Something in the Water launched by Wendy Osher

Note: all of the Gooseflesh photos have been reprinted from her blog with permission; visit the blog for tons more photos!

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

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