Helen Ward's startlingly eye-catching 'paper entomology' artworks are inspired by her collection of rare Victorian hand-marbled papers, which she uses to create incredibly detailed cut paper insects, butterflies and bugs, with some works also incorporating gold and silver leaf. The colourful paper 'specimens' are pinned into place in compositions framed within Victorian specimen trays, paying a contemporary tribute to the golden age of collecting.
Bristol based artist and designer Helen Ward graduated from the University of the West of England in 2001 with a degree in Graphic Design. Helen started her career making pop-up books whilst training as a traditional bookbinder. Whilst working at the bindery, Helen developed a love for the hand marbled papers that were made to be endpapers in traditional binding. She has since crated a collection of these, some of which date back to the late 19th Century.
Alongside her artistic practice, Helen also designs homeware and gift ranges for several major international retailers. She regularly exhibits her Paper Entomology all over the world and her work can be found in several galleries across the UK.
Helen Ward is is represented exclusively in St Ives and Cornwall by the Porthminster Gallery.