MediaBook arts, Mixed media / Collage, Other, Painting, Printmaking, Textile Art
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Artist's StatementI grew up believing art was limited to drawing and painting - something only people with innate ability and special talent could do. For many years I confined myself to academic endeavours and, after completing my degree in Chemistry and Psychology, I qualified as a teacher and began my teaching career.
Fortunately, while researching the importance of learning through play, I began to open myself up to different forms of creativity. Subsequently, I discovered my passion for working with textiles. I enjoy the tactile experience of fusing bright colours, interesting textures and unusual combinations of pattern to create art in many forms including colourful quilts, wallhangings, soft furnishings, bags and unique, wearable pieces of art in inclusive sizes.
Gradually, my focus has shifted to working with reclaimed fabrics, wool, threads and other recycled items as I aim to create joyful, playful pieces of art with zero waste and ecological sustainability. I have recently become interested in making art and junk journals using a mixture of reclaimed paper, card and fabrics together with my own mixed media artwork.
Art StyleAbstract, Impressionistic, Expressionistic, Contemporary
Art SubjectsAbstract, Landscape, Seascape, Floral, Nature, Imaginary
Art Materialsacrylic, pastels, pen, coloured pencil, ink, pencil, embroidery, needlefelt, paper, canvas, recycled, wool, wire, cotton
Helen Jameson's Portfolios
Unique Wearable Art - Clothes, Scarves, Bags
I upcycle clothes and fabrics given to me or bought from charity shops to create unique pieces of wearable art including cashmere and wool coatigans (inspired by Katwise). I give discarded men's shirts a new lease of life by creating blouses, skirts and dresses in an eclectic, boho style. Each scarf is pieced together from fabric scraps with added applique and machine embroidery. Likewise, the bags are made from upcycled fabrics and reclaimed fastenings. In an effort to reduce the enormous amount of textiles going to landfill, I endeavour to use every scrap of fabric left over from my quilting.
I use a combination of paper, card, fabric and trimmings to create expressive journals. Mixed media techniques, including painting, printing, stamping, collage and sewing, contribute to my eclectic, whimsical style. Some journals are hand sewn, whilst others are created from altered books. Most of the things I use for journaling would otherwise be discarded. Journaling in this way helps me reflect mindfully while also helping the planet by reducing waste.
Mixed Media Pictures and Wall Hangings
Much of my work is three-dimensional but I also enjoy creating pictures using various mixed-media techniques to explore mark making,
I make quilts to celebrate special events in my family including, anniversaries, new babies, moving house and getting married. These are a real labour of love - each one is uniquely designed with the recipient in mind and takes many hours of painstaking work to complete.