Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Helen O'Connor received her B.F.A. in Textile Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. She now lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she works as a Thermal Blanket Specialist at Aerothreads Inc., designing, fabricating and installing insular blankets for aeronautic and spacecraft machinery.
Helen displayed work at the Smithsonian Craft Show on April 27-30, 2017, and was nominated for the Windgate Fellowship in 2016. Several of her tapestries were featured in the group exhibition, "Casa de Nala," which ran from April 15-17 in Savannah, GA. Her poetry has been published in the 2015 edition of the Artemis compilation.
Helen's production focuses on quilting and silk screen design with an emphasis on sustainable materials and practices. She prefers to use recycled materials such as cardboard and plastic bags in the production of her quilts.
The quilt, symbolic of inheritance, comfort, class and salvaged material is a recurring theme in Helen's work. She endeavors to give new meaning and context to the traditional craft by reinventing its content and use.