Helaina Sharpley

Helaina Sharpley is a designer-maker, based at The West Yorkshire Print Workshop. The 2D and 3D wirework Artist graduated in 2006 with a BA (hons) Design Crafts, from Hereford College of Arts.

The work shown as part of Vessel celebrates the traditional ritual and etiquette of tea drinking. Inspiration is also drawn from Victorian architecture and ephemera, grandfather clocks, and cutlery.

“Using old sepia photographs, I first create pen and ink drawings, capturing the aspects of elegance.  These detailed line drawings are then translated into delicate and intricate wirework pieces, which cross the boundaries between drawing and sculpture.  I twist, shape, manipulate and join the wire using only my hands and pliers.  The simplicity of the black iron wire drawings on the calico backing board, creates subtle shadows and delicate movement.”


“It all began with a good cup of tea”.