Helen Sill combines her passion for drawing with a love of textiles to explore questions of identity and the female experience. Re- purposing of materials is an important part of her art practice as is the use of surface stitchery to tell stories. Her work is about the world as she sees it and she takes inspiration from the everyday. Her work explores her fascination with the stories people tell and the human condition. Images are informed by drawings of her surroundings.
Currently studying for her MA in Fine Art at the University of Chichester Helen was selected as Emerging Artist in Residence for Chichester Festival Theatre where she is currently immersing herself in the life of the theatre. She will be blogging a record of her residency experiences in order to catalogue and capture the encounters that will influence the final art work which will mark her period of residence.
“As well as machine embroidery, drawing and a combination of the two, I am fascinated by hand stitch and the emotion and energy produced when people come together to do so. Music, books and films are significant stimuli which I try to capture in my work. I appreciate the long and valued history of textile art which is embedded in tradition, but also feel it should be rebellious in order to evolve and continue to be relevant in today’s society”.
Graduated in July 2014 with a Foundation Degree from Winchester University in Stitched Textiles and completed a Fine Art Degree at Chichester University in May 2017.
Selected to be part of Graduate Showcase with Embroiderer’s Guild 2014. Awarded scholarship by the Embroiderers’ Guild in 2015 and was first Guild Education Scholar. Continues to work with Guild to promote textiles with in schools and foster a love of art and stitch with students from an early age.
“I blog to keep a hold on where I am now and record trying to fit too much in to too small an amount of time, all fun and very enjoyable if stressful at times! Read my blog to find out what I am up to at the moment.”
“I enjoy the challenge of constantly learning from others and evolving my practice as well as working in partnership with other artists. There is always something new and interesting to see or learn from. When I need to keep the faith I am spurred on by Diebenkorn’s ‘ notes to self on creating a painting’. http://Diebenkorn notes to self on creating a painting.”
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