Helen lives and works in Sheffield, England, close to the Peak District National Park. She has been making and exhibiting her art textiles since 1990. Helen is known for her landscape based work and later minimalist quilts.
Helen has exhibited widely, in group and solo touring exhibitions in the UK, US and Japan and with the European contemporary group Quilt Art (1990-2002). English textile traditions, notably North Country quilting, were a key early influence. Her more recent work and 2013 book ‘Marking-making in textile art’ has focused on stitch and mark making, with a particular interest in drawn marks. An ongoing collaboration with Bradford Textile Archive has developed her interest in C18 printed and embroidered textiles and research.
Helen has work in private collections, the Weston Park Museum (Sheffield) and in the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles 90’s touring collection. She was awarded the UK Embroiderers’ Guild De Denne Bursary in 1992 and several Arts Council England awards for research and development of her work and for touring exhibitions. She studied at Leeds and Sheffield Hallam Universities and at Loughborough College of Art and Design.
Helen has worked extensively in education and community settings, with adults and children of all ages, including teaching for the Open College, City and Guilds, West Dean and as a visiting lecturer. Helen has an interest in organisational development and change management. She writes articles occasionally and her second book based on working creatively with the seasons, will be published in 2019.