Helen studied Fashion and Textiles at Central St. Martins. Her creative life has revolved around designing and making work which reflects her love of textiles in its many formats. She started her career as a fashion designer before becoming a textile teacher and then a fashion lecturer.
Nowadays, Helen designs, pattern cuts and constructs one-off garments. All of the clothes are made by Helen and each is unique, having something about them which is unexpectedly irregular or asymmetrical in some way.
Helen’s parallel ‘stitching life’ is as an embroiderer, designing and working individual framed decorative pieces which are exhibited nationally and abroad. This work has been featured in a number of publications and books.
The embroidered textile pieces are worked on calico with mercerised cotton threads using her domestic sewing machine. More often than not, her subject matters are related to pots, jugs and other vessels, many of which are in her personal collection. All embroideries are unique and are often related to a series or theme.
Helen has, in the last few years, made a foray into bag-making. The cross-body shoulder bags come in a range of colours and are lined with 100% linen. Currently Helen is designing acrylic earrings and she is about to extend the range.
Helen is a long standing Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, a Full Member of the Society of Designer Craftsman and she is on the Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers.
Embroidery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2019: ‘Zest for Life’
Lesley Millar, ‘Radical Thread’, 2012
Diana Springall, ‘An Embroiderer’s Eye’, 2009
Diana Springall, ‘Inspired to Stitch’ – A&C Black, 2005
Simon Jennings, ‘Artist’s Manual of Colour’ – Collins, 2003
The World of Embroidery – ‘A Personal Approach’ by Jae Maries 1999
Fiberarts Design Book Six – Lark Books 1999
Marcus Field, ‘Lookout’, Crafts – May / June 1995
Robin Bicknell, ‘Variations on a Theme’, Inspirations - March 1994
Victoria Brown, ‘Feltworks’ – cactus curtain - Anness Publishing Ltd. 1996
Clare Carter, ‘Machine Embroidery’ – book binder - Quadrille 1996
Lucinda Ganderton, ‘Romantic Keepsakes’ - Anness Publishing Ltd. 1995
Juliet Bawden, ‘Jewellery & Accessories’ – Letts of London 1994
The Craft Hour – Master Craftswoman, BBC2, 1997
1998 Craft & Design, National Eisteddfod of Wales
2018 ‘Winter Group Show’, Linden Hall Studios, Deal, Kent: ‘Rebel Daughters’, The Point, Doncaster: Society of Designer Craftsmen, Chelsea College of Art, London, The Winter Show, The Lovely Gallery, Sydenham, London
2017 ‘What is Stitch’, The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames: ‘Making Space’ 62 Group, Knit & Stitch Show, London & Edinburgh
2016 Open Exhibition, Oriel Cric Gallery, Crickhowell: UA Members’ Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London: ‘Making Space’,62 Group Show, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Macclesfield, Cheshire: ‘SKIN’, The Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, Kent
2015 ‘Now’, Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Penrith, Cumbria: United Society of Artists Annual Members’ Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, Southbank, London: ‘East meets West’, CIC Gallery, Taunton, Somerset
2014 Parallax Art Fair, London: United Society of Artists Open, The Gallery, Cork Street, London: Art Southbank, UA Annual Exhibition, The Bankside Gallery, London
2013 ‘The London Group Centenary Show’ at The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London: ‘Small Talk’ at Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University, London: ‘62@50’ KOYO Gallery, Showa Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan
2012 ‘Interventions’ at Manchester Museum of Costume: ‘62@60’ at Holden Gallery, Manchester: K&S Package Tour – London, Dublin, Harrogate: Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria; Lee Green Open Studios
2011 ‘Seven Strands’ at Gate Gallery, Grimsby: Greenwich Picture House
2010 ‘Bending More Lines’ at Rijswijk Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands and Collins Gallery, Glasgow (62 Group): Fibre Arts, Geelong, Australia: East Kent Open Houses, Faversham: Lee Green Open Studios
2009 ‘An Embroiderer’s Eye’ at Macclesfield Silk Museum: Solo exhibition at Lewisham College: Canterbury Festival Open Houses Show at the Tin Church, Faversham
2008 The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent: ‘Size Matters’ at Rochester Art Gallery (62 Group)
2007 ‘Collect’ at the V&A with the 62 Group: ‘Dazzle’ at The National Theatre, London: The Knit & Stitch Show in London, Dublin & Harrogate
2006 ‘The Painted Pot’ at Newport City Art Gallery: ‘Tracing Threads’, 62 Group show at Hove Museum & Art Gallery
2005 Exhibition of work at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, Harrogate, & Dublin to promote ‘Inspired to Stitch’: Textile Show, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
2004 Ceramics Fair, Tredegar House, Newport: ‘Of Material Concern’ at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield – 62 Group
2003 'Loose Threads' Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Notts: Bowie & Hulbert, Hay-on-Wye
2002 ‘Textiles in Context’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London – 62 Group: Stark Gallery, SE London
2001 ‘Home Sweet Home’ – a travelling British Council Exhibition to Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Australia: 62 Group – Cajobah, Birkenhead: Rochester Craft Case, Medway Galleries: ‘Art of the Stitch’, Mall Galleries: London & Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
2000 Cleveland Crafts Centre: Crafts Council - New York International Fair: 62 Group Show – ‘Out of the Garden’, Shipley Art Gallery
1999 Crafts Council Shop at the V&A: Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen: Chelsea Crafts Fair; National Eisteddfod of Wales: Vena Bunker Gallery, Bristol: ‘On & Off the Wall – 62 Group Show at Maidstone Museum & City Art Gallery, Edinburgh: Rangers House, Blackheath: Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax
1998 ‘Gone Soft Again’, Brook Street Pottery, Hay-on-Wye: National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bridgend: ‘50/50’ – 62 Group, Tel Aviv, Israel & touring with Knit & Stitch Show: Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1997 The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nuttfield: ‘Winter Show’ – Pacific Heights, San Francisco: The Language of Touch’ – 62 Goup, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford: Foyer Showcases – Crafts Council: The San Francisco International Fair with the Crafts Council: Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield: Wilcox Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hitchcocks’ Gallery, Bath: The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon: Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Eastleigh
1996 Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield: Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath: Grace Barrand Design Centre: Chelsea Crafts Fair: Textiles Show at Marks & Spencers, Baker Street: Vena Bunker Gallery, Bristol: Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Notts
1995 Chelsea Crafts Fair: Clayton Gallery, Newcastle-upon Tyne: Model House, Craft & Design Centre, Llantrisant: Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath: Gardner Centre, Sussex University