The Art of Storytelling – Helen Russell Creations
Welcome to the world of Helen Russell Creations where you will meet characters such as the Blob Birds, Wonder Mice and the Glade Gang. Here, collections include homeware, pictures, pots and sculptures. Each piece has its own story. Our favourite story is Puffin Cove in which Puffins grow up with aspirations of joining the circus.
Helen graduated in 2001 with a degree in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester Metropolitan University. She launched her Blob Birds Collection at the British Craft Trade Fair in 2011 and has since been adding new critters such as the Owlets of The Glade and the Penguin Family.
Her love of illustration and the natural world combined with her impressive storytelling is fundamental to her creations. Celebrating life and building an emphasis on memories is what her creations are all about. Ceramic work is central Helen’s pieces but she likes to branch out with other materials and processes to variate her work. The future of Helen Russell Creations hopes to bring a new collection called The Shed, the beginnings of a textile range and an extension on her homeware selection AND maybe we will be introduced to some new critters!
To keep her business on track Helen works with mentor Fiona Pattison of Happy 4 PR who helps deliver the confidence to pull out all the stops whilst keeping focus on her ambitions for the unfolding future of Helen Russell Creations.
We think that all her pieces would make the perfect gift so for more fantastical stories and products check out her website which she did all the illustrations for. It is an amazingly interactive collaboration with Source Creative, a design studio based in Lancashire who will also be helping Helen bring life to The Shed Collection. She isn’t telling us much but it will apparently be even more interactive!
Helen also delves into commissions too so if you want something super unique this is the way to go.
Helen will be at the following fairs over the next 5 months so be sure to head there if you want to see her work:
Art in the Pen at Skipton – 17 and 18 August 2013
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields, Manchester – 10th to 13th October 2013
Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate 28th November to 1st December 2013
Object of Desire, Chapel Gallery – Christmas 2013
Gemma Louise Kimpton
Founder, A Place for Creation
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