Contemporary British designer Helen Middleton uses industrial waste material to create stylish, playful designs.
Through waste-led design, Helen’s products have little or no environmental impact.
She works with businesses to reuse their waste and offer them an alternative to landfill.
Helen’s products encourage sustainable living through creative design. She believes artworks should not only be superficially beautiful, but should embody a message. Helen believes art and design should engage and empower us to make a difference in our world.
A portion of Helen’s sales is donated to Silver Line, a charity helpline to alleviate loneliness and isolation among older people. For her 50 Windows display Helen has included Comtemorary Smudge lampshades handmade from industrial ink tubes. The ink stripes inside the tubes make each lampshade unique, and waster metal around the base, painted in chalkboard paint, adds a customisable twist. Cut from industrial waste metal, the Le Crayon lampshades feature a hand-coloured edge inspired by pencil sharpening. The original Manchester- inspired artwork is hand-painted or drawn on industrial waste metal and then printed on cotton rag paper. Helen says: “I work with businesses and re-purpose their printing sheets and ink tubes into contemporary, affordable objects. I am making waster the core part of my process, encouraging businesses o reuse their industrial waste whilst promoting an alternative to landfills for a sustainable living.”
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