Bethie Helliwell Portfolio

‘In Transition’ @ The Washington Gallery

We took down our Exhibition 'In Transition' yesterday 

and for those who could not make it (damn snow)

here is the documentation.



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Home for a Cup of Tea, 2012

Wall based installation: photography and mixed media.

Home for a cup of tea is a series of photographs, which delve into Great Aunt Peggy’s diaries. The diaries are also proudly on display and date from 1955-2010, a page written for each day; the work looks at grief and the remembering of past family members. This installation aims to remind us that our relatives are embedded within who we are, and to remember them for their everyday tasks is one of the purest ways to keep them with us. This work is a tribute to all of our lost but not forgotten relatives, each of which had a uniquely beautiful everyday familiarity, which deserves to be remembered.


Julie Rees

Testament, 2012

Materials……Using paper, print, stitch and ink, I have grouped and re-created a Testament to the beautiful inserts found within this Bible.

A memory of days gone by, undiscovered treasures, words to live by, prayers and wisdom, gathering random thoughts, interests and desire, outlining a life, a personality of times gone by…a life inside a book.


Fiona Trumper

The Weight of Words, 2012

Steel wire, dress pattern paper, screen printed synthetic organza and chiffon, text fragments, gold leaf foil, ink, panel pins and thread

 “Medals […] are still made to be held in the hand. They are generally produced in metal. They are often circular and two-sided and communicate through a combination of imagery and text. Artists may choose to depart from any one of these traditional aspects, but it is these parameters that constitute the starting point from which imagination and exploration commence.” -Phillip Attwood (2012)

Initially inspired by both an art medal by Chloe Shaw entitled “This Living Hand (After Keats)” and Keats’ poetry, I researched aspects of a living hand such as palmistry, handprints and gloves, before noticing themes of “offering” and “protection” in my work, which led to an interest in words.

The title The Weight of Words comes from the idea of how powerful some of the simplest words can be, and how they can be used in manipulative mental control; the fragments of text on the medals represent a mixture of personal, impersonal and internal conversations or experiences around these themes. The gold leaf foil on some of the medals represents both the weight and preciousness of the words.


Rachel Victoria Davies


Jennifer Kirkham

Stirring Emotions, 2012

What started with a simple conversation with my Mum, shared over a cup of tea, developed into an exploration of what home is.

“Home is about where your family is, y’know?”

A performance piece where the conversation was written on a home window using tea, documented through the use of photography and displayed here.


Natasha O’Connor

Derelict Memories, 2012

I was inspired by coal mining in South Wales. The miners token being my main inspiration, each coal miner would have a lamp token that they would hand in to the lamp room attendant in exchange for the lamp which bore the same identification number. If there was an explosion in the mine the room attendant would know who was still trapped down the mine because of the left behind lamp token.

I choose to explore and document derelict colliery’s throughout the welsh valleys. I became fascinated with circles whether it being a rundown coal train or a circular disk on the floor. I began to photograph them wherever I saw them. The circles represented the lamp tokens, as they were all “left behind” in these derelict coal mines. I began searching for them and relating them back to the coal miners with digital media.

Derelict Memories is a piece about the coal miners of South Wales, a look into the multiple lives that worked down the mines. The photography installation represents the lamp tokens that were left behind by the coal miners, but in a individual and contemporary way.


Julie Morse

 Omo, 2012

This installation has been inspired by research into the indigenous tribes of Ethiopia. The tribes of the lower Omo valley are in danger of extinction as a result of the building of the Gebe three hydro electric dam. The tribes depend on the annual flooding of the Omo River when deposits of luscious silt are left on its banks in which crops are grown. This will no longer happen, denying the tribes of food and their way of life.

My work is the culmination of research done whilst visiting the tribes. I have taken inspiration from the body painting of the Karo, form the fact that the collection of water is an important routine in their daily lives, and the effect that the dam will have on the tribes of the Omo valley.


Sophia Griffiths

Comfort, 2012

A mixture of soft materials including hand-made felted cat fur

This patchwork blanket derives from the theme ‘’Comfort’’. Beginning with investigations into my cat’s behaviour and how she interacts with different textiles around her led me to experiment with converting her scratch markings into my own. I have also included handmade felt made out of cat fur collected from the cats in the collage below. The strong use of warm colours relates back to the theme. The arrangement is that of a small, enclosed space such as a den that if my cat was ever scared she would find comfort in.




Next up….DEGREE SHOW! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

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