Image credit: Beatte Kratt
To listen to my podcast conversation with Peel Bright Minds about art, chemistry and pigment research, just click on the Curious Conversations box below:
Helen Coleman is a contemporary colourwoman, with an art practice devoted to process and experimentation. In 2018 she completed a two-year residency at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, where she combined her background in botany and chemistry with a passion for art, to explore the eco-dye potential of Western Australia's endemic plants. This residency culminated in her first solo exhibition, Windfall : Chemistry of the Dye Pot.
Helen has now moved in to her new workplace, The Dye Pot Studio. Here she is continuing her work, creating dyes, inks and paints from plant and earth pigments and exploring the chemistry of often surprising results from the dye pot.
Helen is also working with the City of Mandurah to develop Koolbardi Bidi, the CASM Cultural Garden, a showcase of local plants that have traditional significance to the Noongar people, and contemporary uses as dyes, textiles or bushfoods.