Helen Maxfield

Helen creates limited edition linocuts from her home studio near Needham Market in Suffolk, where she lives with her husband, two sons and two cats. Her black and white designs have a bold, graphic quality where she enjoys the mark-making potential of the medium.

Her colour designs are created using the ‘reduction’ method where one piece of lino is used for the entire print. The ink is applied in layers, with further carving in between each layer, resulting in the lino being gradually reduced.

Helen’s inspiration comes from sketching trips in the Suffolk countryside. Designs evolve from observational drawings and paintings. Her main aim is to achieve images that celebrate the natural qualities of linocut.

Helen has created linocut illustrations for a range of beer labels for Big Drop Brewing Co, labels for Scottish drinks company Middle Way and also for design company Denomination.

One of her landscapes ‘Winter at Carlton Marshes’ was used as a design for a Suffolk Wildlife Trust Christmas card.

Helen has prints featured in ‘Suffolk Jewels’, a book about Suffolk landscapes published by Mascot Media Press.

She is a member of the Suffolk Craft Society and exhibit throughout East Anglia.

Helen teaches linoprint workshops to groups of adults from her home studio and in venues such as Old Bank Studios in Harwich, the Tack Room at Snape Maltings and the Textile Archive in Braintree.