We speak with Helen of Helen Fleur Designs about trawling the mythical and whimsical, insects, taxidermy and all things nature (and jewellery).
Tell us a little about the origins of Helen Fleur Designs.
I started making beaded jewellery with my housemates in 2005, giving it to friends and family. Then after going overseas and travelling for over a year I decided I wanted to try selling my pieces. In 2012 I started studying jewellery at Box Hill Tafe and really love making and designing new Pieces.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is finding a few images or items that inspire me then I will draw some rough sketches. I usually make a mock up, and then away I go!
What inspires you the most?
What inspires me the most is the relationship between nature and the mythical and whimsical. I love trawling around my parent’s farm and finding/photographing the amazing world of Mother Nature.
Name some of your most favorite local artists and designers.
Julia Deville’s work is just incredible. She taxidermy’s animals and turns them into the most whimsical and crazy pieces of jewellery.
Another local designer I love is Anne at Pleasure Little Treasure. She makes the most beautiful headbands with handmade flowers and bows. She also makes some very pretty necklaces and earrings.
What are your ultimate dreams for Helen Fleur Designs?
My ultimate dreams for Helen Fleur Designs are to bring up pieces to more people via a website and ultimately a gallery/book swap and café, where everyone and anyone can draw and create.
What will we find from Helen Fleur Designs at our May Bend and Snap Market?
At the May Bend and Snap Market you will find many new creations. My mushroom collection is my most new and exciting concept coming up. My chunky chains and insect jewellery will also be there.
See you all at our next Bend and Snap Market day at 1000 £ Bend Sunday 26th May 11:00pm to 4:00pm, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city for all of the art design fashion vintage with many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold with A LITTLE COY, AGNES & I, ANIMAL VEGETABLE MINERAL, ANTYK BUTYK, BAK SPACE VINTAGE, CANDLE AROMAS, COLOUR ME PLATE, DREAMING CO ♧, GIRLPETA DESIGNS, EELAV MCBEE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACK’S CALLING, JEREMY WINGSPAN, JUX, HENNA courtesy of the talented KAJAL, LISA PURCELL, LITTLE BOXES, LOUIE AND THE FOX, MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS, ME U, MY GOAT SOAP, NINE YAKS, ONE SMALL DUCK, SEBO HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE,TREAD AND PEDALS and many more emerging artists and designers!!!
We are also pleased to have THE MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS darlings (check out their Bend and Snap interview here) presenting the May edition of our pop-up-snowfield Crafternoon Corner where you can indulge in a number of winter time fun like creating a miniature winter wonderland with DIY snow globe workshop. While you’re at Bend and Snap Market come chill in the Pop Up Snow Field, and take home your own tiny winter world from the DIY snow globe makin’ station.
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