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Helen Bolland

My passion and aspiration is to create striking and original fabrics of complexity and beauty; whose colours appear to ripple and pulsate, shifting chameleon-like as light diffuses across their unique textures.

The scarf should embody a rhythm of pleats, coiling and twisting, almost becoming a living thing.  I draw my inspiration from the natural world around me - exotic birds, sea creatures, flora, the living landscape.

My interpretation of the ancient Eastern craft of Shibori has two distinctive elements, bringing together the artisan and the artist, a union of control with the uncontrollable.

The creation by hand of the pleats, a process which is practical and mechanical, steady, reliable, and very time - consuming!  The silk is obedient and amenable.

The dyeing process is far less predictable, as the dyes are given free rein to blend and flow.  I empathise with the sculptor who feels her role is to release the creation already hidden within her materials.

The results of my work are sometimes surprising, often joyously unpredictable, but always personally rewarding.

I am a member of the Arts & Crafts Guild of Lancashire and my work is sold through galleries and exhibitions in the North of England and also through my website.

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