Originally from Devon, Helen now lives and works from a rather lovely SW London studio (from which she can witness squirrel fights in the park) and spends her time developing her decorative lettering styles, combining beautiful colour and clean lines to create a quirky and vibrant style. Her passion for her work is illustrated in everything she designs, creatures and characters burst into life in her colourful and gently humorous designs. Helen has worked on a number of projects for many high profile organisations and companies in the UK, Europe and beyond including John Lewis, Burger King, Boden, Te Neues and the Tate. Her illustrations have also adorned an array of products over her career including t-shirts, porcelain mugs, greeting cards and stationery. Helen's beautiful limited edition prints are available through a variety of online retailers and are perfect gifts which can adorn your home or workplace.
: This has been an exciting year for you. What’s been the best bit? Madamesange: Being taken on by the agency and having a great year of exhibitions throughout London. I also found my soul mate too, which was rather nice. Question
: What drew you to illustration/design? Madamesange: The ability to inject my slightly quirky sense of humour into designs and a passion for childrens illustration. Question
: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Madamesange: My studio forms part of my flat. I hunker down on an old salvation army table, next to the phone and near the stereo and that’s it. Locked in! Question
: Do you collect anything? Madamesange: I'm told I hoard things. I love fonts and lettering and love rummaging in second hand bookshops, carboots and charity shops for kids books and ephemera. I've recently got two very old typewriters which weigh a tonne, out from my mum's loft. I also have a larger than life Courage Cockerel which has fallen off a pub.
: Do you keep a scrapbook? Madamesange: I pretty much scribble on anything. But I mostly sketch in old spelling books. Question
: What are your interests outside of illustration? Madamesange: I love discovering interesting parts of London. Oddball events and places like Secret Cinema
when it was going are typical of the things I like to do. Question
: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Madamesange: Six decorative greeting cards for Almanac. I'm also very pleased to be part of the East End Arts Club
and am looking forward to their Christmas Exhibition where I’ll be showcasing a new limited edition print. I've also just been selected to exhibit in the ArtGroups “Let’s Play” Exhibition in the Maverik Showroom
, from Nov 30th – 5th Dec. Should be a good one!! Question
: What is/are your art hero/es? Madamesange: Tony Hart and Rolf Harris.