Inspiration Corner: A Conversation with Helen Dealtry
Where to begin?!? Before returning to Los Angeles this week, I was able to have a lovely studio visit with textile designer, Helen Dealtry, at her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She greeted me with a hug and smile and I was even lucky enough to receive some kisses from her adorable pup, Dudley. Helen is a designer I have admired and followed for years, so visiting her studio and sitting down to chat was truly an honor.
Helen was born outside of London in Surrey County. She attended the University of Winchester with a major in art that had a strong textile tract and emphasis in apparel design. At her graduate show, she was offered a position at the famous Colorfield Design Studio with offices in NYC and London. She spent six busy years there working her way to the position of Creative Director and learning the ins and outs of the competitive textile design industry. Craving more stimulation and creative fulfillment, Helen founded Working Girl Designs, LLC, in 2009. Since starting her design company, Helen has consistently collaborated with brands small and large alike and has also been further developing her line of scarves. She said that she remains inspired by a sense of nostalgia, the countryside of her native England, and floral and natural motifs. Helen mentioned that print work resonates with her because of its spontaneity. She begins a design loosely, using pre-mixed inks, watercolors, acrylic (or whatever media yields the effect she desires). Then, she scans the design into the computer to make it compatible for digital printing. After searching far and wide, she found a company in India that prints her designs on two types of fabrics: silk and a combination of Moran and Cashmere. The quality is stunning. The scale of her designs to the proportions of the material is bold and sophisticated. Helen has an aesthetic that is uniquely her own and easily recognizable. She paints with skill and ease and her color choices are exciting and informed. Helen is a warm, wonderful person, and I cannot wait to see what she does next! To see more of Helen's work, visit http://wokinggirldesigns.myshopify.com.