Helen Cooper

As a developing textile artist I aim to produce forms that are essentially abstract. I allow the fabric to follow its own quirks which means I let the materials do their own thing as I hand embroider using a threaded needle. By doing this, I aim to bring spontaneity and the unexpected to the forms that I create. Fabric manipulation has a long history. Most people will relate to labels such as smocking, quilting, tucking, pleating and gathering. These are all techniques I use, whilst aiming to identify suitable printed and non-printed fabrics that allow shapes to be created that relate to landscapes and objects within it. The natural world is my focus and the materials I use are 100% cotton to maintain an ecological stance in my work.

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