Helen is a freelance design writer, curator and historian. She is a Fix Ambassador for Fixperts, the international open design creative social platform. Currently, she is working towards the opening of FixHub Padiham, a new kind of community makerspace that combines fixing with making, showing and reading. This creative environment provides the space, tools and materials needed to make and repair things, as well as a gallery and library to provide inspiration and information; Fixperts will share knowledge and skills, helping people gain insight and confidence to find design solutions for themselves and others.
She is co-supervisor of The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, which supports and promotes British contemporary craft through its exhibition programme and shop.
During her studies at the RCA she specialised in textile studies, which led to employment in the Furniture, Textile and Fashion Department of the V&A. Many of her projects focus upon textile collecting, curating and critical writing. She has a long-standing involvement with The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, currently acting as archivist as she continues her research into the collection and its founder, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. She is also the cataloguer and researcher for Diana Springall and her collection of contemporary British embroidery.
With Ruth Mason, she co-edits visit1862.com, an online space dedicated to exploring the 1862 International Exhibition.