Helen Laura Ashley originally trained as a Textile Designer in the UK gaining a Combined Hons in Textile Fashion and Art History. In her long and varied career, Helen has designed for fashion, bed linen, swimwear, childrenswear, ceramic home wares, and stationery. She has also illustrated several books and has had her own successful kids colouring brand called ColourMeArt for over a decade.
Helen has sold artwork globally thanks to her London based agent and now her illustrations are sold under licence for an Australian homewares company but you can also purchase her designs through her own online shop Helen Ashley Designs or her Etsy, society6 and redbubble artist shops.
Helen likes to refer to herself as an illustrator in both paint and porcelain. Probably best known for her hand painted florals or well drawn illustrations, Helen’s quirky range of ceramics has grown from her love of nature and animals. She hand sculpts each piece using fine Australian porcelain and makes her own moulds from fruit and vegetables.
Helen’s sunny studio is called The Art Room, located in an old industrial paint factory now called Precinct 75, When she is not painting or playing with clay, she teaches here.
Helen lives in Sydney with her husband, three children and two dogs.