"an attractive dwelling or retreat; a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle;
a shelter made with tree boughs or vines twined together"
Helen Bower Jones
BA English Literature Hons., University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1993
MA Museum Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1994
MA Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of York, UK, 2003
Helen has studied the history of textiles and pattern design for many years as well as pursuing more creative work in fiber. Prior to moving to North Carolina she was Assistant Curator at the historic house museum Temple Newsam, Leeds, England. There she photographed, researched and compiled the catalogue of an important collection of historic furnishing textiles, resulting in Textiles at Temple Newsam: the Roger Warner Collection (Leeds Museums & Galleries, 2000).
At present she is exploring the possibilities of traditional patterns and techniques applied in non-traditional ways. She has always been inspired by the built environment and other forms of the decorative arts but now, living in the more rural environs of Hillsborough, NC, is increasingly stimulated by the shapes, colors and textures found in nature.