We have been working on a range of Gardening aprons with Helen Russell of Helen Russell Creations, a world of fun where characters like the Blob Birds, Buzzy Bees and Puffins run riot in the mind of artist Helen Russell. Too many welly-wearing hours spent reading books with beautiful illustrations have helped create a playful, happy land that welcomes visitors old and new.
Helen is inspired by the natural world, storytelling and illustration. She enjoys muddy adventures, often choosing to explore forests, mountains and other wild places. Helen’s BA(Hons) in Three Dimensional Design means she has worked with many different materials but china, wood and the mighty black fibre tip pen are her first loves. These materials often form the backbone of her designs. Helen likes to celebrate the best bits of human nature and strives to create products that prompt a smile or two.
Illustration and the characters she creates are at the heart of Helen’s work. Rather than focusing on a single material, a variety of uncomplicated forms and surfaces provide the backdrop for line drawings that represent nature in a simplified but refined manner. Fine bone china tableware blanks are used instead of paper to create illustrations that make even the most mundane daily activities fun! Screen printed decals are hand placed on the blanks and fired either by Helen or by a family run firm in Stoke-on-Trent. All illustrations and surface pattern designs are created by Helen.
Helen hopes her work brings a sense of joy to those who own or observe it. Her pieces are designed to celebrate life, encourage smiles and remind ourselves to look for the fun in the world around us.