Helen Gregor was born in Prague and immigrated to Canada in 1940. She studied art at Newark Technical College in England, Birmingham College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, England. In Canada she taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design. As an artist and educator, she is known for questioning the division between fine and applied art. Having developed a fascination with textile art, she worked on incorporating tapestry and the built environment in her work. Her work has been shown twice at the Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and she has received numerous commissions for both public and private buildings. Her work is found in collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.