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Helen Colling

Current Work

Gone: The lingering echoes of a presence that is no longer there

My work explores whether every presence leaves an intangible echo, a sensation of a being that was once there. Does the atmosphere ripple and sigh when each being is gone? Is it forever disturbed? In the silence and stillness that descends when they are gone it can seem that something has changed forever. They are gone, but their voices, thoughts and deeds reverberate in our consciousness; they leave an alteration, a shift, a memory, and nothing is quite the same.

Pictures are built up from sections of my own digital photographs printed onto muslin, silk and polyester organza, embellished with hand and machine stitch, incorporating applied shapes and transfer printing. The work is displayed between sheets of Perspex. It was originally created for the June 2009 Stitched Textiles Exhibition at East Berkshire College, Windsor.


Designer Crafts at the Mall 2011, The Mall Galleries, London SW1, January 2011
Momentum with Okra Textiles, The Harvey Gallery, Guildford, September 2010
End of Year Show, East Berkshire College, June 2009


HE Diploma in Stitched Textiles with distinction, East Berkshire College, validated by Buckinghamshire New University, 2009
City & Guilds Diploma in Embroidery, 2006
City & Guilds Certificate in Embroidery, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Open University, 1984
Teachers’ Certificate, Berkshire College of Education, 1972


Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
Okra Textile Artists
The Embroiderers’ Guild

Contact Details

e: helen.colling@btinternet.com