Helen Leaf - 75c

Location: Egginton / Genre: Antler, Mixed Media, Jewellery

Artist Statement

I make things using antler, combining it with wood, stone, silver, and gold leaf to create sculptural forms, containers and jewellery. I love working with antler as it's unlike any other material - the tools and techniques are borrowed from wood engraving, metalworking and jewellery making. Mainly I use red deer antler from Scotland, but I also use reindeer antler from Lapland, and sometimes other types of antler and bone. I look at the carving cultures of Northern Canada and New Zealand, but try and find my own style of expression to make something unique and beautiful. I like simple lines that bring elegance to something that's very earthy.

I also cast natural objects in silver and bronze, mainly from natural objects like acorns and twigs.

What I'm working on at the moment is combining carved antler with hand-worked silver. The theme that binds all together is the Wildwood - the deer, the trees, and our connection with nature.

Venue Information

Memorial Hall
23 Church Street
DE65 6HP

Travel south past Derby on A38, after passing under the A50 (Toyota Island) take 1st left after petrol station. T junction turn right A5132, then take 2nd left into Egginton, the Hall is on the left on the main road.

This venue has full disabled access

Nearest Artists