Combining a love of drawing with textiles, Helen Sill explores questions of identity and human experience. Taking inspiration from stories of every-day-life, examining spaces where daily life and art meet each other. Images and lines in her work are informed by drawings of her surroundings, tales of human relations and connections between communities and cultures. Helen has just completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art where her research was about making and community including the rich textile traditions of her heritage in the North East of England. She is also involved in a number of community art and stitch projects. Recent commissions have included work for West Dean Gardens, The People of the Heath Project in conjunction with the Petersfield Museum and being Artist in Resident at Chichester Festival Theatre.
She travelled to Gujarat,(just before lock down) North West India which inspired her research around art and community. Helen will again be leading textile tours to India again when the impact of covid 19 has decreased. (Currently Feb 2023) Contact her for more information if you are interested in joining her on one of these tours.
Helen gives talks about her work and exhibits regularly. She sees her self as an ‘artist activist’, helping to bring other people’s stories to life as well as her own.
Helen was selected to be part of the Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate showcase and was awarded a Scholarship by the Guild in 2015. Helen is currently exhibiting with the artist hub Morisot in Chichester.