Helen Yardley


Helen Yardley’s designs are essentially paintings about colour, shape and space. The aim of her designs is to make something that works visually, while carrying layers of meaning.  They can be inspired by visual or sensory stimulation, or as a response to the physical space. The emphasis is on making something that looks good, but also performs a function; something that is more lasting than simply surface decoration.

Since 1992 Helen has worked regularly with French manufacturer, Toulemonde Bochart, designing for the retail market.  She has also produced a collection for Heals and has worked on designs for a Japanese company in Tokyo.
In Nov 2003 Helen opened a gallery space in Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell.

1972-73 Plymouth College of Art, Foundation Studies
1973-76 Manchester Polytechnic, B.A. Hons 1st class Printed & Woven Textiles
1976-78 Royal College of Art, M.A. Textiles
1983 Established studio in London

Recent Exhibitions
2006 YSP Centre, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
2005 “Contemporary craft and design: MADE”, Garden Gallery
2004 “Collection”, exhibition in Spitalfields, London.
2004 Japantex,Tokyo.
2003 “Presentation” exhibition in Cheltenham,
2003 “First Hand”, Trade Partners UK, British Trade International, Tokyo
2001 “Form & Function,” Riverhouse Gallery, Walton on Thames
2001 “Home Sweet Home”, British Council exhibition Stockholm

Selected Book Publications
2007 “Who’s Who in Design Vol. 3”, Peter Zec, ed.
2004 “Designers on Design”, Terence Conran & Max Fraser
2003 “British Design 2003, Branding, Graphic and New Media Design / Interior, Retail and Event Design / Product and Packaging Design BIS Publishers, Amsterdam




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