About me

I combine my passion for drawing with my love of textiles and an extremely strong  impulse to never throw anything away.   It is important to me to recycle as much as possible.  As well as exhibiting and selling my work I enjoy being involved community art projects and take commissions.   I have just completed a Fine Art Degree at Chichester University in order to challenge my practice.

My work is about the world as I see it. The female experience and questions of identity are a strong theme throughout. I get my inspiration from the everyday and am always looking for different ways to tell a story.

I talk to various groups about my work and run workshops related to my practice.  I have been an Artist in Action with ArtVanGo at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in Dublin and Harrogate. I also enjoy being involved with open studios and have taken part for the last 4 years.

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 and film are significant stimuli to me and create images in my head 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.

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I graduated in July 2014 with a Foundation Degree from Winchester University in Stitched Textiles and completeda Fine Art Degree at Chichester University in May 2017.

I was awarded a scholarship by the Embroiderers’ Guild in 2015 and was their first Education Scholar,  I will continue to help to look at ways the Guild can help to promote textiles with younger students in schools and foster a love of stitch from an early age.

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. There is always something new and interesting…. I love that there are so many people out there with a wealth of knowledge to share and stories to tell.  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.

The back story … in case you are interested..on second thoughts you’re probably not that interested. I am where I am –  and 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 a tad stressful at times!

You did really well to make it this far. All the other stuff is

a. too boring,

b. better told face to face or

c. better kept to myself….and possibly not that interesting anyway.

email: helenamandasill@gmail.com

Most of the work you see on my site is  for sale.  Just call or email for details.  I am always interested in new projects and take commissions .

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Puberty                  now sold

But I wish I  hadn’t……

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4 comments

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    1. Thanks! Had an amazing week. Still not got hang of technology so glad my posts
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