With a strong sense of colour and a passion for keeping traditional skills alive, Helen’s work is all about juxtaposing nostalgic handicrafts with rebellious contemporary aesthetics. When designing her scarves, she strives to create playful yet timeless pieces which you will love to wear year after year.
Spinning a yarn
There’s always a story behind a collection. From developing a personal interest in organic gardening, six colour palettes began to form based on edible plant families. A love of expressive fine artists became a squeeze of paint in the form of a wiggly french knitted tube. Investigating the Festival of Britain grew into a collection of scarves which took their names and colourways from cities which hosted events for the 1951 celebration of Britain.
Get your wiggle on!
From designing concepts to finishing of the products, it’s all done by hand and with a careful eye. Every thread is counted, wound onto the loom, passed through a heddle, threaded through a reed and tied onto a beam before the weaving can even start. Once the cloth is woven it will need checking, braiding, washing, pressing and dividing. The finishing touch is sewing a label on. It’s a meticulous process but that’s what makes a handwoven scarf so special. You can try it out for yourself by enrolling on one of Helen’s workshops.
Helen loves cups of tea, exploring antiques markets and growing her own vegetables. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art, has designed for Alexander McQueen & Paul Smith and met HRH The Prince of Wales by weaving Welsh wool. Helen is a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and shows her work regularly across the UK. She works as a visiting University lecturer, mentor, commission weaver and occasional curator. She is most happy however when she is conjuring up new ideas in her rural Herefordshire studio.