During every noon hour performance this week, Helen O’Connor demonstrates and teaches sculptural paper making. Learn how to create 3D hanging forms that incorporate willow, local fibres and spruce root.

Helen is a Yukon visual artist who makes paper by hand using oriental and local fibres to create sculpture, assemblages and installation. Her works express a reverence to nature and are influenced by the unique atmosphere of the north.

Originally from Ontario, O’Connor studied visual art at the University of Western Ontario and at the Ontario College of Art. During her studies, O’Connor was introduced to techniques for oriental and western papermaking by professor, Helmut Becker. Inspired by Becker’s work, which utilizes paper innovatively as a vehicle of expression, O’Connor began a journey of her own paper explorations. In 2016 O’Connor studied Japanese papermaking at Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan.