Helen is a designer/maker drawing on the traditions of the craft community.
She makes scarves and smaller items such as lavender bags. The scarves are made using velvets, tweeds, silks and Liberty Tana Lawn. Skinny scarves made from Tweed and Tana lawn or Tweed and Silk were launched in 2010. They won Highly Commended in the Best Product category at the Scottish Trade Show January 2011. A Harris Tweed Collection was launched in January 2012, and has also been very well received.
In May 2012 Helen was invited to take part in Handmade in Britain’s show, London a Celebration at the Oxo Galleries in London. For this I launched a new collection called City on Cloth. City on Cloth is digitally printed fabrics, featuring old maps, which is then transformed into scarves and smaller items. In June 2012 she collaborated with the British Museum and the result was a scarf using one of the maps of London from their collection, backed with Harris Tweed. The City on Cloth collection is partly a result of her love of maps and a lifelong habit of acquiring books.,
Due to their success more City on Cloth scarves were launched in May 2014, using different maps and colours. A range of ties and bow ties were also launched in Autumn 2014. Helen produces the artwork and then the scarves are digitally printed and hemmed by RA Smart in Macclesfield.
The inspiration for Helen’s work is the use of colour, often the juxtaposition of colours not usually put together. She gets lots of inspiration when she is sourcing new fabrics. One of her favourite periods in history, literature and music is the 1920s and 1930s and some of her final colourways reflect period themes.
Helen has forged links with a Tweed Mill in the Scottish Borders, A Elliot & Sons, and has started to commission tweeds to her own colours. In January 2015 Helen launched her Skinny Scarves and Tweed Scarves using tweeds from Jamieson’s Mill, Sandness, Shetland. She was delighted to find this tweed as she has visited Shetland, and the mill several times.
Everything is made from start to finish by Helen which means that each finished scarf is a one-off, hand crafted, well made item which will give pleasure for years to come. As well as being beautiful to look at they are immensely practical and hard wearing.
We have worked with Helen over the last few Autumn/Winter seasons and it’s always a joy to know that no two pieces are the same. We are delighted to be working with her again for Christmas At Heart.