Helen Entwisle

Tell us a bit about your Talented range – how would you describe your style?

The new range I recently put together for Talented draws on my love of the sea and being out in the fresh air. The boats within the designs were hand drawn from a collection of little wooden boats I have, memories from trips to the sea side.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by colour, nature, and my collections of all kinds of things from the 1940s-60s including kitsch ornaments, cowboy shirts, kitchenware, books, the list goes on…

What’s the best thing about showcasing your artwork on a bag?

This particular set of designs lends itself perfectly to the surface of a tote bag, especially a tote intended for the beach! The rope handles compliment the nautical imagery; I’m really pleased with the results!

What else do you do outside of Talented? And in your spare time?

Outside of Talented I work as a freelance illustrator and screen printer. Under the name of Memo Illustration I design and hand print a range of my own products using recycled paper and card stocks. Think vibrant colours from the 1950s! I also work as a part time illustration tutor at Uclan in Preston on the BA Illustration degree course.

In my spare time I love to walk my greyhound Seb in the hills around Kendal where we live. I love being outdoors, either out in the sticks or searching for treasure at local carboot sales. Live music and dancing are also pretty high up the list.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently in preparation for the British Craft Trade Fair in April, working on a few new ranges of hand printed products- greetings cards, stationery and limited edition prints amongst other things. I’m also working on a few wedding invitation commissions and a gig poster and a personal project focusing on novelty fabric prints from the 1950s.

Where can people find more of your artwork?

www.hellomemo.com

www.memolikesyou.blogspot.com

www.twitter.com/memohelen

www.facebook.com/memoillustration

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