About

Helen Clarence


I am a bead artist and embroiderer who grew up in the North East of England but is now living in Limousin, France. My interest in fabrics and embroidery was inevitable as home life as a child was surrounded by examples of needlework executed by my mother and grandmother. Interest in embroidery, beads and textile art expanded after completing a diploma in design and creative embroidery.

The jewellery and sculptures are created using two different techniques but both involve a needle and thread. The first technique is bead weaving. Here I weave small glass beads, as well as semi-precious stones, crystals or pearls into unique pieces of wearable art and objet d’art. There is no backing fabric, but by sewing each bead to the next, I create a new fabric made entirely of beads.

The second technique is embroidery which is defined as the embellishment of cloth and in my case, embellished with a lot of beads! I am particularly interested in needle painting, raised embroidery  and goldwork which I have combined with bead embroidery to create something new.

All of the jewellery, lampshades and sculptures are designed and hand made by me in France, using the highest quality materials and¬† each piece is unique. If you see something you like then contact me to discuss owning a piece of wearable art, objet d’art or to having something new created for an heirloom piece.

For more information on this or for information about a commission then please send me a message using the contact page.