Helen Sill is a mixed media artist from Hampshire, England.
“I use paper cloth and stitch to try to make sense of my world. I draw into paper and cloth and using hand stitch and free machine embroidery in an attempt to convey a personal story. At the moment I am using the power of stitch to make books, boxes and pictures.
“I am inspired by great works of art, great artists and the female (i.e. my!) experience. I respect the huge tradition of embroidery and believe it needs to constantly evolve to be relevant in today’s society. Textile art needs to be more out there in the public domain.”
I met Helen at this year’s London Knitting & Stitching Show and thought her work was really interesting. Filled with stream of consciousness commentary and spontaneous doodles that are converted to stitch, her art pieces are encapsulated thoughts made real.
There’s a rawness to Helen’s work that fits in nicely with the unfiltered content she creates – an examination of her pieces, which she makes for deliberate interaction, is a wander through her unconscious and a showcase of her thoughts on life, art and a whole lot more. It’s a nice idea and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.
The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.