Country Folk Art, February 1995
Helga describes the simple motivations that led her to build her 'possum huts and then, how her work at a dairy farm led her into rescuing and providing sanctuary for cows. In her journey as an artist from wood to stone to fabric, she relates how the essence of all three is the same. ... Read the full article.
Country Home, August 1986
Helga Tacreiter is no ordinary carpenter. Although she has been building houses for the past 15 years, she does not own a full-size hammer and saw. In fact, all of her tools would fit comfortably inside a large coffee can. The houses she builds are miniature cabins so accurate in every detail that it is difficult to believe they are only 2 feet high. ... Read the full article.
Nutshell News, December 1988
Helga describes how she taught herself her stonework technique. The challenge presented to Helga was to reproduce in miniature an elaborate full-size home. Two years later, the completed miniature stone house is a triumph in miniature construction. ... Read the full article.
Nutshell News, May 1985
Helga Tacreiter's rustic 'possum huts capture the essentials that for her mean home: sleeping, eating, dreaming, reading, and staying warm. ... Read the full article.
Creative Crafters Journal, Winter 1985
A master carftsman whose works are all priced in excess of $100 each can quickly find out sales can be ew and far between ... Needless to say each hut requires hundreds of hours to create---even months---hence the price is a bargain paying its creator on a shrunken scale. ... Read the full article.
Humane Innovations and Alternatives, Volume 8, 1994
One day an almost-exhausted helium balloon drifted into the field. The cows stampeded towards it, then surrounded it, making lots of BRRHHH alarm noises. After watching it for quite some time, the bravest cow stepped forward from the circle, reached her long tongue out as far as it would go, and licked the balloon. ... Read the full article.
Nutshell News, November 1988
Helga builds a miniature stone church with Gothic arches, stained glass windows, and multi-purpose furnishings including fine details such as a wood cookstove and as many mugs and bowls as there were pew spaces. ... Read the full article.
The New York Times, July 16, 2006
If you're in the market for a cow, Helga Tacreiter can be of some help. She doesn't use cloning or gene therapy, but rather a combination of sewing and vegetarianism to create what she calls a cowch. These creations are life-size animal floor pillows, each named and individually patterned after the cattle tended by Ms. Tacreiter. ... Read the full article.
People Magazine, September 2, 1996
A vegetarian for more than 20 years, Tacreiter developed a thing for cows while working on a New Jersey dairy farm in 1975. "I immediately fell in love," she says. "They had such great personalities." Alas, she quickly learned what happerns to cows when they stop producing milk---they become steaks. ... Read the full article.
PETA News, Spring 1992
There are as many ways to change the world as there are people in it. Here is one woman's account of how she stopped feeling helpless and created a unique way to save the lives of six orphaned calves. ... Read the full article.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 2003
Helga Tacreitrer does not believe in Hamburger Heaven. No, this woman with an open face and easy laugh holds that when the time comes for a cow to be put out to pasture, the animal should end up in fields of grass --- not a slaughterhouse. ... Read the full article.
Sew News, September 2002
As Harvey grew and Cowches caught on, calf-size and full-grown models emerged from the old Singer. As more real cows came to Helga's farm, the Cowches changed colors, and grew horns and long hair. ... Read the full article.
Smithsonian Magazine, April 1985
What does a maid do when she isn't a-milking? She builds 'possum huts. That is, she does if she is the talented and persistent Helga Tacreiter. ... Now, in this delightful book, she invites us inside her panoply of 'possum huts. ... Read the full article.
Teddy Bear and Friends, April 1996
To feed real cows, the author makes life-size stuffed versions and tells stories of Oblainka, a blind cow and #9, a swett gentle Holstein. ... Read the full article.
The Bridgeton Journal, August 18, 2001
Helga Tacreitrer likes to keep life simple. She lives alone on a farm two miles south of Shiloh with five cats, four horses, four chickens, three geese, two goats and a dog. But Tacreiter's largest group of friends---15 cows---live in a pasture behind her home of seven years. ... Read the full article.
The Daily Journal, November 7, 2006
Helga Tacreitrer makes no distinction between farm animals and household pets. She loves all animals so much that she is willing to use any money that she makes to rescue cows, horses and other animals that would otherwise be killed. ... Read the full article.
The Press of Atlantic City, March 28, 1993
There's a cow farmer here whose bulls are "fixed," but whose cows reproduce anyway. Or, to be more precise, they get produced---just so people can sit on them and snuggle with them. They're Helga Tacreiter's trademark Cowch cows, which are giant, realistic-looking stuffed animals big enough to use as a piece of furniture. ... Read the full article.
The Bridgeton Journal, December 26, 2002
Helga Tacreitrer enjoys a peaceful existence on a farm surrounded by her rescued animals --- 14 companion cattle, four horses, three dogs, six cats, two emu, two goats, three geese and two chickens. These animals, all gentle and most nuzzling her as she greets them, provide Tacreiter with the inspiration to create her life-sized, soft-sculpture floor pillows. ... Read the full article.