Based in Salisbury Helen Noakes is widely recognised within the jewellery community and beyond for her beautifully executed work in resin and precious metals.
This recognition has been rewarded this year as Helen was voted The Best Maker in the South West by the lovely team at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival – and very much deserved indeed I have to say.
Following a chance discovery of a single box of miniature figures and a book on resin Helen quickly developed an obsession with combining the two into her varied and stunning collection about 12 years ago.
Now selling across the country and featuring in several books Helen incorporates everything from penguins to nuns to circus performers…..and this year, especially for Heart Gallery bicycles and cyclists!
The most important aspect with Helen’s jewellery is the element of surprise and humour integral to each piece – a second look is a must.
Helen’s world is truly magical seeking inspiration from everything … even icy pools! Her jewellery can take from 40 minutes to 50 hours to complete depending solely on the final piece she is creating.
Helen constantly pushes boundaries as quite often poor imitations of her work crop up which frustrates her immensely (and is so, so wrong – you must innovate not immitate others!) but this also motivates her to innovate and push ahead with new techniques.
Helen is one of Heart Gallery’s favourite jewellers and we are happy to be showcasing another range from her in this our eighth year to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart heading through Yorkshire and Hebden Bridge this weekend. Bonne chance a tous les cyclistes jusqu’a nos collines x