Helyne discovered embroidery and stitching as a contemporary medium while completing a foundation art course in 1976. A sewing machine was placed in front of her by her tutor and she has been behind one ever since creating multi-textural multi-layered abstract art textiles that have been exhibited Nationaly & Internationaly. Her contemporary textiles has been acquired by many public and private collections.
Collecting & recycling old fabric and thread and combining with paper, plastic and other materials is key to the work. Many proceedures of handpainting, texturing, embossing, stitching and overlaying build up each piece which is given structure and detail using freemotion embroidery.
Travel has been a major inspiration in early work during and after college years having travelled extensively throughout Egypt, South East Asia, Japan and Australasia. The land and sea scapes where I live in Devon play their part in recent work trying to capture the transient everchanging light and mood of my surroundings.