a little bit about me
Born in Athens, Greece where I was given the name Eleni, I always knew I wanted to be an artist. Inspired by my mother’s skill with intricate embroidery, my Yia-Yia’s talents for making lace, and my grandmother’s love of crafting, my passion grew as I did.
After college I worked in the fast paced world of advertising, while I spent every spare moment exploring every artistic medium I could get my hands on. But it wasn’t until I picked up a book on hand-stitched felt projects that the lightbulb went off that lit the path to the medium that would define me as an artist.
10 years later I continue to transform expectations of what felt can do by creating all kinds of felty goodness from hand-stitched personalized dolls to pop culture inspired fine art pieces. My latest Felty Couture collection of movie inspired gowns is a big step towards stepping out of the presumptions of felt as a medium.
I was raised in Poughkeepsie, NY and currently live in Atlanta, GA with my adorable son, inspirational mother and super needy cat.
Helen Linardakis (b. 1977, Greece)
2018 30 Years Later, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2018 O'Coen, Where Art Thou?, Spoke Art Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Focus Features A Group Art Exhibit, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2017 BoJack Horseman A Hollywoo Art Event, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2017 KING Stephen King Group Show, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2014 - ONGOING Employee Portraits, individual felt doll portraits, MOO Inc., London
2016 Dying to Know Music Video, felt doll puppets and car set, Tegan & Sara, Vancouver
Patrick Burgoyne, "Moo.com rewards employees by immortalising them in felt," Creative Review, December 9, 2016
Jordan Neal, "Conversations with Helen Greenstein," Plasma Magazine, October 26, 2016
Kristin Hohenadel, “This Company Gives Felt Dolls Modeled After Its Employees as a Loyalty Perk,” Slate, September 23, 2016
Linda Jerkins, "Southern-made stuff for the kid’s zone," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 27, 2014
"2013 Holiday Lookbook," American Craft Council, November 26, 2013
Danielle Maestretti, "Helen Greenstein’s Charismatic Felt Creations," American Craft Council, November 8, 2013