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. It didn’t hurt that I was showered with accolades from teachers as well as support and praise from my family.
My somewhat freakish obsession with all things hand-made resulted in a 10-year exploration of 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.
Today, I continue to transform expectations of what felt can do by crafting all kinds of felty goodness from hand-stitched personalized dolls to pop culture inspired fine art pieces.
I was raised in Poughkeepsie, NY and currently live in Atlanta, GA with my hilarious husband, adorable son, inspirational mother and two super needy cats.
Helen Linardakis Greenstein (b. 1977, Greece)
2017 Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles
2017 Focus Features A Group Art Exhibit, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles
2017 BoJack Horseman A Hollywoo Art Event, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles
2017 KING Stephen King Group Show, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles
2016 Dying to Know Music Video, felt doll puppets and car set, Tegan & Sara, Vancouver
2014 - ongoing Employee Portraits, individual felt doll portraits, MOO Inc., London
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