Helen Musselwhite

LOCATION

UK, Manchester

STATUS

Unavailable for commissions

REPRESENTATION

Handsome Frank

AMMO PUBLICATION

Ammo Issue 10

Most days you'll find me with a scalpel in one hand, sat next to drawers full of paper working on paper sculpture commissions both commercial and private..6 music is the soundtrack and my dog Earl is probably trying to get into my studio to raid the paper bin.

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For me, it all started with one of those bumper packs of felt tips. One of my earliest memories is of tearing open Christmas wrapping paper to find a vivid array of coloured pens inside – then immediately rearranging the colours in a way that pleased me better. That was it; I was off on a voyage of creative discovery that continues to this day.

A love of art sustained me through school and it felt the most natural thing in the world to study graphic design and illustration after leaving. Since then, my creative ventures have embraced decorative furniture, jewellery and painting – all of which I’ve deeply enjoyed but which have since been eclipsed by my affinity with paper; the medium that was patiently waiting for me all along.

As you’ll gather from my work, a lot of my inspiration comes from the British countryside. The beauty of it never ceases to amaze me and, happily, I’m well placed to observe it, living as I do just south of Manchester with one foot in the urban landscape and the other in the countryside. Walking my dog gives me the opportunity to see how my surroundings change from day to day – it’s an unending source of pleasure.

All in all, I consider myself very lucky to be where I am, doing something I love. And I hope that shows in my work.

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