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Helena Pernow (b.1992) is an artist working in the field of textile with a MFA from HDK-Valand Steneby. In techniques such as dyeing, weaving, sewing and installation she explore both the material qualities of textile as well as its ability to carry memories and stories. Material relationships and tactile memories are often the starting point for her artistic explorations. Her works highlight the role of textiles as a link between the body and the outside world. Rough terry towels, cotton sheets and ichy wool sweaters are textile landscapes that she like to inhabit. Her work can be experience in exhibitions as well as performative work, where her textile based practice is intertwined with choreography and movement, unfolding new dimensions of her work in the border between textile installation and performance.

Her work has been shown in exhibitions around Sweden, including GIBCA Extended, Galleri Syster (Luleå) Stockholm Craft Week, Craft Days (Gothenburg), at Not Quite (Fengersfors), Dalslands Konstmuseum and KKV-Bohuslän (Gerlesborg). Parallell with her artistic practice she is working as a project manager at Konsthantverkscentrum (Swedish Craft Centre). She lives and works in Bärfendal, Bohuslän.



2018-2020   MFA Applied Arts and Design- Textile, Body, Space at HDK- Valand Steneby
2017-2018   Freestand course, Textile, Body, Space at HDK- Valand Steneby
2013-2016   BFA Interior Architecture and furniture design at Konstfack
2012-2013   Foundation year Art and Craft at Nyckelviksskolan



2024  The most valuable Craft on Earth, Not Quite, Fengersfors (group)
2024  TBA,  Stockholm (duo)
2024  Galleri KC, Göteborg

2023  Bergväggen Redux,  Not Quite, Fengersfors (group)
2023  Vänskap i Arbete,  Galleri Syster, Luleå (group)
2022   Bergväggen, Konstfrämjandet Fyrbodal (group)
2022   Textil, KKV-Bohuslän (group)
2021   Bärnsten, KÅDA, Sthlm Craft Week, Porten (group)
2021   Planlösning, group exhibition, Galleri Silk (digital)
2021   Hotmix – The modern dwelling, Kungsgatan Gothenburg (group)
2020   Textil- Kropp- Rum, Sthlm Craft Week, Benhuset Katarina Kyrka (group)
2020   Höstsalong, group exhibition, Galleri Silk (digital)
2020   KKV-B Lilla Galleriet (duo)
2020   Material Matters, group exhibition, MFA Graduation Show Steneby Konsthall
2019   Ett rum tillägnat omsorg, Dalslands Konstmuseum (solo)
2019   Dubbelväven pt.2, Nya Magasinet (duo)
2019   Peripheral, KÅDA group exhibition, Not Quite (group)
2018   Vindvimplar, Skogsfesten, with Jonas-Petter Wallner

2021   Längtan, Craft Days Gothenburg
2019   Fake Empire KÅDA collective, Gibca Extended, Rexcell Dals Långed

2022   Flux Studios, project manager
2022-  KKV -Bohuslän, board member
2022   Trähantverk and möbelsnickeri Stenebyskolan, guest tutor
2021-  Konsthantverkscentrum (Swedish Craft Centre), project manager
2021   Trähantverk and möbelsnickeri Stenebyskolan, guest tutor
2020   wiklundwiklund (Katarina Wiklund and Susanna Wiklund), artist assistant
2020   Fördjupningsåret Stenebyskolan, guest tutor
2020   Konstpool, project manager
2018-2022   KÅDA, board member, curator and founder

2022   Konstnärsnämndens resestipendium
2021   Residence Dansplats Skog (Vardagens Anatomi)
2021   Residence Scenstudion Gerlesborg (Vardagens Anatomi)
2021   Pronto, project founding for KÅDA show Längtan
2021   Kulturrådet project founding (Vardagens Anatomi)
2020.  KKV-B Residence and exhibition grant 
2020   Helge Ax:sons Stiftelse
2019   JL Eklunds Hantverksstiftelse
2019   Idépeng, Mötesplats Steneby
2018   Estrid Ericsson Stiftelse
2018   K-Pengar, Västra Götalands regionen
2018   Adelbertska stipendiestiftelsen, Göteborgs Universitet