|“From ‘Hide’ to Hibiscus”
A biography of Joseph A & Linda M. Helisek
While acknowledging that God creates the most perfect flowers, Linda M. Helisek
has developed hundreds of varieties of leather flowers in the past thirty years. For
the past sixteen years she has enjoyed creating 100% leather wall sculptures as
well as whimsical and seasonal jewelry, a “new look” for their business, Lin Marie
On September 12, 2004, Joseph and Linda were co-named “Artist - Crafter of the
Year” by the Yankee Peddler Foundation. Self-taught artists, these Monroe,
Michigan residents have won numerous ribbons, awards and honorariums for their
The Heliseks, in reply to receiving these awards said, “We are truly grateful to all
the art associations who have so graciously bestowed these honors to us, but our
heartfelt thanks goes to our heavenly Father, who has blessed us with our gifts and
talents. To Him be the glory and praise! We truly believe that we are created by
Him and blessed with special gifts, and we are to do whatever He has called us to do
with all our might, to the best of our abilities."
Joe’s past experience at Ford Motor Engineering has proved to be a big asset in the
creation of their designs and displays. Now, the pair travel to top-notch shows
throughout the Midwest and Northeast states.
The Heliseks' artwork is featured at the world-renown, posh Greenbrier Hotel (in
White Sulphur Springs, WV, which hosts Heads of State and dignitaries from foreign
lands). Their work is sold in the Greenbrier Artist Colony, which sells only original
works of whom they call, “America’s finest craftsmen.” In 2004, the Heliseks’ leather
sculptures became the new artwork carried at Elephant Walk Gallery Shops
throughout the Hawaiian islands. Most recently, their work has been added to C C
Whisper Gallery in Kona, HI. Much to their delight, Joe & Linda's artwork has
been commissioned by two First Ladies, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton,
while their husbands served as our Presidents.
Linda begins by studying real flowers in order to capture intimate botanical details.
Her background as a dressmaker/patternmaker helps her develop her designs.
Each piece, cut from natural-colored calfskin is hand-tooled and hand-sculpted,
making it Linda’s “three-dimensional canvas.” The sculptures are then hand-
painted by Linda, using her secret formula of leather dyes, and/or acrylic and oil
paints. A fixative is then applied, insuring that her artwork keeps its original color
and shape allowing her customers to enjoy her artwork for many, many years.
Because all of their designs are hand-made, EACH PIECE IS AN ORIGINAL...
No two pieces are exactly alike!
Although their leather jewelry art appears to be delicate, they have proven to be
durable traveling companions to customers throughout the United States, Canada,
Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, England, Ireland, France,
Germany, Israel, Poland, Switzerland, China, Japan, Scotland, Saudi Arabia,
Morocco, Russia, Egypt, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy and Czechoslovakia,
One can peek at their studio and see their leather sculpting process as well as view
over 800 current original designs in their line on their colorful website:
www.LeatherJewelry.com . The days are never long enough for all the ideas
that are brewing at the Helisek studio. Joe & Linda's vision is to continually
improve as the years pass, adding “fresh designs” often to their repertoire and
their goal is to brighten others’ lives with their artwork by giving them an
appreciation for one of life’s most precious blessings …FLOWERS!
|"You'll look sooooooo pretty
in our Grandma's
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by Joseph A & Linda M. Helisek
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