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 using a combination of watercolour, ink, pencil crayon and digital design software.