Contemporary Handwoven Textiles

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HELEN FOOT DESIGN

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Helen’s playful style has been described as ‘Rebellious Nostalgia’. With a strong sense of colour and a passion for keeping traditional skills alive Helen creates fabrics in harmony with the loom.  From her design studio in rural Herefordshire, Helen handweaves fabric for her growing collections of scarves. Inspiration is drawn from traditional handcrafts such as patchwork and cross-stitch which she merges with contemporary geometric patterns and bold colour combinations.

 

Helen trained at the Royal College of Art and prior to that at Winchester School of Art.  Her portfolio career combines being a visiting lecturer, commission weaving, collaborations and curating.  Notable achievements include; designing fashion fabrics for Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen, in 2011 being selected by the Crafts Council for their Hothouse program which supports emerging designer makers and meeting HRH The Prince of Wales with the Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge.

 

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Helen Foot Design ©2012

"For me there is nothing more satisfying than taking a strand of yarn and with little more than my time and intent, creating beautiful fabric in harmony with the loom. Weaving involves a great deal of control, each thread is continuously counted and ordered. I  like to shake up that control from time to time. When sampling I will often set up multiple warps and weave them as a blanket. By designing for a section of a warp there will be surprises on the other parts. These can produce happy accidents. Every stage of the process is important though. Using quality yarns is key, without these it is impossible to create truly beautiful cloth. Colour is also of vital importance. I greatly enjoy the manipulation of colour. I find the balance between bright and murky tones extremely satisfying and will often base palettes on expressive pieces of fine art. And the weaving process does not stop when the cloth has been cut from the loom, I must continue to care, play and manipulate the fabric through the finishing processes as well. But I am more than a weaver, I am a designer. The loom is my toy, a continuous playground for experimentation, idiom and fun."

 

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