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i:cat Artist Residency, Laos

From September to December 2014 Helen was the resident artist of i:cat gallery, Vientiane, Laos; exhibiting a show entitled “A Memory of Loss” within the local arts community. Living in Laos for 2 years enabled her to introduce new local elements into her work and explore native natural dyes; working alongside and learning from traditional weavers and textile artists as part of the county’s longstanding craft tradition.

Part of this residency included training at the Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women which provides training and employment for Lao women from disadvantaged backgrounds in the areas of natural dyeing, traditional Lao weaving, tailoring and small business administration. Helen learned from master dyers how to dye material using plant dyes sourced in and around the Vientiane area.