Nov 27, 2013

Gitte Helle
A Surrealist Bestiary

Geoff Mino
Gitte Helle A Surrealist Bestiary

Gitte Helle's workshop

With this collection of porcelain figurines, Figure Similarities, Gitte Helle takes the proverbial and literal axe to kitsch, bringing out its best. She creates juxtapositions that are delightfully absurd with a touch of the uncanny.

“I try to get people to become aware of things that they would otherwise have forgotten, [to see] the beauty and originality of the spoiled and discarded. Man has always tried to keep the past in the form of stories and relics. In the church, we have wood splinters and pieces of clothing that supposedly date from the early Christian era; at the museums, we have large collections of potsherds, arrowheads, utensils and tools that tell stories of our ancestors' lives. In the 1970s, I worked in Abbe Pierre Klunserkollektiver in France and Denmark. Here I was really aware of the modern civilization's detritus and throw-away mentality. I helped to collect things, which we sold at flea markets or scrap dealers. I discovered that worn and used items include their own beauty enhanced by the history they contain.”
– Gitte Helle

These porcelain collages of borrowed animal and human limbs, heads and bodies come together to form a surreal and personal bestiary of the imagination.

Porcelain figurines. Photo Credit: Gitte Helle.

In 2013, Gitte Helle's designs are on Made in Town winter inventory list.

> Back to the top
Geoff Mino

Geoff Mino

Made in Yonkers. Geoff completed his masters at Institut Français de la Mode following a degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. After spending time with Made in Town in Paris, he worked in fine dining and artisanal cheese-making in Marfa, Texas. He currently lives in Shanghai.

Related posts

The Lace Review, a journey in the heart of Leavers lace

The Lace Review
A journey in the heart of Leavers lace


At the initiative of the City of Calais, the Directorate Générale des Entreprises and the Region Hauts-de-France have joined forces to highlight one of the most beautiful jewels in the French fashion and luxury industry – Leavers lace – with a world touring exhibition designed by Made in Town.

Miracle Box Hugues Decointet
May 17 - Jun. 1, 2013

Miracle Box
Hugues Decointet


Discovering a letter from Le Corbusier addressed to Albert Camus, in which the architect explained being "inhabited by the idea of a Boîte à Miracles [Miracle Box]", Hugues Decointet decides to interpret this schema which has for a long time been a part of his work.

La Rochère Glass Factory Designers’ Words

La Rochère Glass Factory
Designers’ Words
[Made in Town TV]


In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of six video interviews of French and European designers, who have integrated the know-how of the glass factory into their creations. Each in their own way, they mastered glass.