ABOUT ME
Short biography
Having graduated from University of Central England in 2000 with a BA Hons in Printed and Dyed Textiles with Art History (non-European), and from the Royal School of Needlework apprenticeship in 2003 with a 92% Distinction, Helen went freelance for a year before taking up the post of Head of Textiles and Costume for Bonhams Auction House. 
 
Having handled a very exciting record breaking sale of an 18th Century court mantua dress, she decided to leave the post after three and a half years to become Atelier/Production Manager for Hand & Lock in central London, running their fashion and interiors embroidery workrooms working with clients such as Swarovski, Kate Moss, Topshop, Vintage Topshop, Gucci, Asprey, John Stefanidis, Tom Ford, The Royal Opera House, Burberry, Bamfords, Adidas and Ben de Lisi.
 
Images of garments displaying her work for fashion companies have been used in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Collections and Hello Magazine. 
 
Helen went freelance in April 2008 and has been working on a range of projects including teaching, lecturing, designing, making, exhibiting and consultancy work on valuing, handling and displaying antique textiles. 
 
She teaches, lectures and assesses for the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace on day classes, Certificate and Diploma courses, runs the Royal School of Needlework Scotland satellite centre based in Glasgow and has also taught, lectured and assessed for them in their American branch based in San Francisco and on their Degree level course at Headquarters. 
 
Helen travels Britain extensively teaching and lecturing to adult education groups such as the Embroiderers Guild and private textile art groups. She has also taught at college, and University level. Helen also teaches for the National Gallery in Edinburgh, the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and The National Portrait Gallery, London. 
 
Helen has displayed work in the Kitagawa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan as part of the British/Japanese Council celebration of 150 years trade. Her work has also been exhibited at Alexandra Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Shugborough Hall,  Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. She has also had solo exhibitions at The Old Friary (Lichfield), The Old High House (Stafford) and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh). 
 
Amongst many other projects, Helen was commissioned to design and work three hangings for Hampton Court Palace, to design a large scale set of hassocks for a private chapel and to create a range of costume embellishments and embroideries for West End (London), Broadway (New York) Australian and German theatre productions.
 
She also wrote ‘The Beginners Guide to Goldwork' book for the Royal School of Needlework which was published Autumn 2012 by Searchpress and has been translated into French in 2014.
 
In 2014, Helen was appointed as the first artist for educative initiative (artist in Residence) for The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh working with all aspects of the community but chiefly with visually impaired members of the public recreating embroidery motifs from 16/17/18th Century portraits to enable greater understanding through touch. This was a great honour and Helen’s work was described as ‘enchanting’ during feedback. 
 
Helen also had the privilege of being a member of the Royal School of Needlework team which worked on Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, veil and shoes. 
 
She has pieces of work in private collections and galleries worldwide including items now in the British Royal Collection. 
 
Helen was commissioned to create an aesthetically sympathetic piece of embroidered textiles to complete a piece of furniture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh utilising the original watercolour, thus completing the furniture as per his vision for the first time. Described by 78 Derngate (a Mackintosh Museum) as a ‘re-creation of Mackintosh’s masterpiece’. 
 
She just been commissioned to create a piece of artwork to feature in an upcoming exhibition (2018) in Scotland which will then go into the collections at Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.