16 September 2014

Exhibition is open

The Exhibition is opens today at Bellingham Heritage Centre.

Small, but perfectly formed.

Like moi ;)


15 09 2014



8 September 2014

New Exhibition time



Next week a new exhibition opens at Bellingham Heritage Centre where I will have all new work.
With no magenta (!) - though there is a dash of purple.

I’ll get the photographs taken and post them up here for you soon. 

Poster bellingham 09 2014Helen Artist Statement Bellingham 09 2014



7 September 2014

Choosing thread colours...

…is one of the most enjoyable parts of the process.

Choosing threads 001

Grey spiral in progress

6 September 2014


I’m having a bit of a shisha mirror moment.
Have I finally found a way to combine the imagery of Northumberland with the sparkle of India?


Will this help to stop the feeling of a split stitching personality? 
We can only hope. 

Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon stitching with silks and watching videos (French Revolution with Coursera).

This piece and other Northumbrian inspired pieces will be exhibited later this month here. 

Shisha sewing 1

Shisha stitich 1

Shisha stitich 2

Shisha stitich 3

4 September 2014

First day of a New School Year

As a mum, September is the beginning of the new school year.  
This time into Year 10 - the start of GCSE’s (or ‘O’ Levels as I still call them sometimes).

 For me September feels like the start of a new year too.

We talk about the start of spring, the start of winter…. but the END of summer.
The end of the growing season in the garden, the end of warm sunny days, the end of long, lazy school holidays spent sleeping and eating.

But also the start of new adventures.
A new school year for son, new studies for mum, writing lists of all the things you want to achieve now the school holidays are over and you have the days to yourself.

And for me - healing from a tooth and then bone infection that has seen me taking antibiotics for 34 days over the holidays, throw in a scratched cornea (still very ow) and I will be happy to start a new chapter.
I promise to capture it through a lens and share it with you.

Here’s to new adventures *raises the coffee mug*. 


Sept butterfly

29 August 2014

Gothic Exhibition

Another online exhibition, this time on Gothic:Dark Glamour from 2008.  You can find it here.
I have the book to this exhibition, well worth the money if it’s your thing.

Mix this with the corset exhibition I told you about in the last post and I personally think its a perfect combination for inspiration.

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28 August 2014

Corset exhibition

Have found a wonderful Corset Exhibition online here

From older times of support, suppression, control (a straight laced woman couldn’t be a loose woman) all the way to modern corsets as signs of sexual liberation. 

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24 August 2014


Cooking on the stove tonight.  

Logwood and blackcurrant on the left, alum mordant.

Rusty objects and tea on the right.

Fabrics are a mix of overdyes, cottons, silks, organza.


17 August 2014


A few quick snaps (and they were quick iPad snaps) of the workbook I produced for Wallington.
Not a sketchbook, more to give the public and idea of the processes used and where the ideas came from - and some samples they could touch and feel.



14 August 2014

The Bunting

Another piece of work from the Wallington exhibition which is hanging in the wonderful conservatory.

Bit of a hike from the house, but well worth the effort.

A3 bunting


Bunting full

Bunting 2



The Dress installed at Wallington

Helens Dress 2

Helens Dress 1a

Helens Dress 3

13 August 2014

Finishing touches

Its all come together really well, the bodice has been finished with these beautiful clasps (they are on the shoulders as well). 

Edwardian Dress 30 001


The train is ready


 Working on the bustle sewing organza poppies and thread formed crows - more symbolism from WW1

Poppies in hoop 001


The corsage.  The National Trust House, Wallington was owned by a conscientious objector, hence one white poppy.

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A4 belle epoque

The Belle Epoque was the “beautiful era” of scientific discovery, peace and general good feeling through Europe starting in 1871.

Unfortunately it ended in1914.


This outfit takes inspiration from the ending of the Belle Epoque - the fashion is contemporary to the era, but the crows and poppies indicate a darker side at…..

A5 end of the belle epoque 2

 And here it is finished, quick snaps in the garden before the rain came.

Edwardian Dress front finished

Edwardian Dress side finished

Tomorrow I’ll show you the dress at Wallington and the other pieces of work in the exhibition.