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Helena Wehrstein

Toronto/Hillsburgh
Nathan Phillips Square
Booth 167
My passion: breathing new life into outmoded/discarded/unwanted stuff, by-products of over-consumption and planned obsolescence.
My work: a response to the hairy times we live in (eco disasters/political divides/social & personal trauma), focusing on healing and maintaining hope, sometimes with a pinch of humour.
My challenge: use only pre-used materials if possible. My designs are inspired, defined and limited by available materials: e-waste, recycled wood and other junk. It is so satisfying to dream up new ways of using this stuff to keep at least a little bit out of the waste stream; I recognize the contradictions in making attractive works with it. I embrace and use the inherent imperfections in pre-used stuff! L.Cohen: ‘There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in’.
Visit my website/Instagram/Facebook to see works for show at Nathan Phillips Square.
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