Artist celebrates 30-year career

Helen Stevens is a textile and embroidery artist who quit her job as a legal secretary 30 years ago to become an artist. Pics of her at work in her home in Flempton.

Helen Stevens is a textile and embroidery artist who quit her job as a legal secretary 30 years ago to become an artist. Pics of her at work in her home in Flempton.

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A WOMAN who quit her job as a legal secretary to become a textile artist is celebrating her 30-year career with a special exhibition.

Helen Stevens, from Flempton, is hosting a show called String of Pearls at the Edmund Gallery, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on July 29.

The Bury Free Press printed an article on the burgeoning artist when she was just starting out aged 24.

Since then, Helen’s work has been displayed in private collections all over the world and she has had work commissioned by Harrods and the Palace of Westminster.

She has also had one-woman shows in Westminster Hall, the House of Commons and the British Museum.

Helen said she saw her work as art rather than a craft.

She said: “In 1981, when I was in my early 20s, I decided I had had enough of doing a nine to five job. I had always been fascinated with textiles and embroidery and really wanted to go into it.

“I was keen to have my work hung and viewed on the wall like art rather than as a craft piece.

“When I was first starting out the Bury Free Press were interested enough to give me my first editorial snippet. It helped me with pushing forward in my new career – it helped me with my first thread of the needle, so to speak.”