Helen Schamroth

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Helena Jeannette Schamroth ONZM is a Polish-New Zealand craft artist and author.


Born in Kraków just after World War II to two Jewish Holocaust survivors,[1] but her milliner grandmother and shoemaker grandfather did not survive.[2] The family emigrated to Australia and later moved to North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. She served on the CreativeNZ Arts Board from 2000 to 2006.[3][4] In the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.[5]


Schamroth makes textile arts, exhibiting primarily in Australia and New Zealand.[4] In 2010 she was selected for the 13th International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland.[1]

100 New Zealand Craft Artists[edit]

A commission by Godwit Press led to 100 New Zealand Craft Artists which won the Illustrative Arts Award and the E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction at the NZ Post book awards.[6][7][8][9] Among the artists included in this work are Raewyn Atkinson, Kobi Bosshard, Barry Brickell, Freda Brierley, Len Castle, Jens Hansen, Manos Nathan and Diggeress Te Kanawa.[10]


  1. ^ a b Honeybone, Lisa (29 April 2010). "Poland calls local artist". North Shore Times. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tracing: Helen Schamroth". The Big Idea. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Tizard, Judith (7 July 2006). "Creative NZ Arts Board appointments announced". beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Helen Schamroth". Creationz Consultants. 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Index New Zealand Holdings Information". natlib.govt.nz. 
  7. ^ "Index New Zealand Holdings Information". natlib.govt.nz. 
  8. ^ "Index New Zealand Holdings Information". natlib.govt.nz. 
  9. ^ "Library: 100 New Zealand Craft Artists: by Helen Schamroth". Nga Taonga a Hine-te-iwa-iwa. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Schamroth, Helen (1998). 100 New Zealand Craft Artists. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 1869620305. [permanent dead link]

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