Helen Clara Hemsley Works

Helen Clara Hemsley

B. 1969, Denmark


1995 | 1998      BA, (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2007 | 2010     Institut of Precious Metals, Copenhagen, Denmark


Often crafted in mundane materials, my jewellery is a way of communicating the observations I make, my love of words and sayings, and my incurable need to process and understand the world around me. This results in work that is matter-of-fact, amusing and even silly and light, but always with a twist of critical observation, and nearly always in provocative and bold tones.

My commitment, curiosity and humour run through all of my works, no matter the materials, methods or presentation. I work (mostly) with embroidery because it just feels right and the repetitive stitching is calming and meditative. It is really hard and my fingers often bleed, so it is not an easy choice in that way. I also like the risky feeling that I never know how a piece will turn out until it is completely finished. Each one is totally unique and testifies to the hours used on their creation.