Business name: Hellen Edwards Artist
I draw on the industrial shoreline and rugged landscape of the North East in my textile paintings. I aim to reveal the beauty in the collision between the natural and manufactured environment. The seductive, tactile, jewel-like colours and surfaces are intended to conjure the vitality, atmosphere and a sense of a place. I want to draw the viewer in close, to call into focus the familiar and the overlooked, to celebrate an experience of being in the present, of the joy to be found in every exquisite detail that creates a terrain. My analogue processes are deliberately labour-intensive, to embody the time it takes to know and connect to a place. I use hand-made felts, free-embroidery and paint, incorporating the wild, organic flexibility of these materials to suggest the ebbs and flows of weather, water, nooks and crannies I recall and suggest.