Helen Winthorpe Kendrick is a freelance textile artist and teacher living in the North East of England, who enjoys the challenge of incorporating a 'story' into her pieces. She uses the expressiveness of threads and the variety of fabric and stitches to convey a theme or idea.
As well as exhibiting her work, Helen takes commissions, gives talks and runs workshops on a variety of embroidery techniques.
Helen is a member of the 'Textile Art Group' based in West Yorkshire and exhibits with them regularly. Their aim is to provide encouragement for each other to develop their work and so push forward the boundaries of textile art whether real or imaginary. Each member of the group has their own unique style which contributes to the diversity and interest of their exhibitions. By exhibiting and selling their work they hope to raise the profile of textile art amongst the general public.
February 2010 saw the publication of her first book 'STITCHOPEDIA'. It is a comprehensive book giving details about:
- materials and equipment
- an introduction to ways of creating a design that can then be stitched
- an overview showing pictures of both historical and modern pieces
- detailed instructions on 7 embroidery techniques:
- canvas work
- crewel work
- pulled work
- freestyle embroidery
- 30 projects for the reader to work for themselves