Michie Malherbe
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salmagundi: Who was Helen Martins?

Helen Martins transformed the house she inherited from her parents in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa, into a fantastical environment decorated with crushed glass and cement sculptures. The house is known as The Owl House.

the Owl House - South Africa (I have never been here, but I hope to see it one day) *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet,...

the Owl House - South Africa *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen'

Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda: memorial stone of Helen Martins of the Owl House fame

Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa: memorial stone for Helen Martins - outsider artist, creator of the Owl House

June 2014: LOVE this owl print so much that it inspired wall art for my daughter's bedroom! (Kikk Shop - Hibou)

owl art this is soo cool great design for stencil or stamp also good as a big fat art project using paint squirted quickly straight from the bottle with kids at an outdoor craft day

Happy Together Owl Anniversary Card - - SU! - Stampin' Up! - Pretty Petals DSP - Anniversary Card - love - punches - owls - owl builder punch - bird builder punch - tree builder punch - xostampingstudio.blogpspot.com - Michelle Harrington

XO Stamping Studio: Happy Together Owl Anniversary Card - Pedal Pusher - Owl Builder Punch - Bird Builder Punch - Tree Builder Punch - Woodgrain EF