WOW – Paper Illustrator and Artist Helen Musselwhite

“Don’t rest on your laurels” was written in one of my school reports once and it’s always lurking somewhere in my head.

Helen Musselwhite 2012

Paper Illustrator and Artist

Studied: OND/ HND Graphic Design and Illustration at Swindon School of Art

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.

Check out Helen’s amazing work here: www.helenmusselwhite.co.uk

Want to hear more from Helen: @paperhelen

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