Helen Turner is most certainly part of the OTHER/family.
Born in Newcastle and raised in Belgium, Helen planted her roots in London 7 years ago, when her and our womenswear designer Chloe Struyk decided to share a live/work space in New Cross together. 7 years on, and they’re still sharing a space in East London’s calmer district of Clapton…
An artist working in mixed media, she creates her pieces from discarded items. Breathing a new life and meaning into other peoples ‘rubbish’. A perpetual hoarder and collector, she even managed to come across a new piece of furniture for the studio whilst we ran around the steamy streets of Brixton!
It’s this keen eye for detail and Helen’s emphatic attitude to her surroundings that made us think she’d be the perfect person to show us around her London…
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145 Chatsworth Rd, Lower Clapton , E5 0LA
“Set up by husband and wife Alex and Sara Ratcliffe Cooper & Wolf is the new Scandinavian cafe on Chatsworth road. The menu includes hearty swedish staples such as Grandma Lisa’s homemade meatball and beetroot sandwich, Pytt-i-panna and smoked salmon from the Norweigan boys at Hansen&Lydersen over in Stoke Newington. I manage the cafe 3 days a week and it’s the best way to earn a living - as much delicious Caravan coffee as I like, beautifully fresh food and really warm, lovely people to work with and serve.”
“If I’m not at college or working I’m busy in my studio. It’s so nice to have my own little space to read, think and try out new ideas. At the minute I am doing a lot of painting as part of a new project in which I am categorizing the different facets of my creativity. I have 4 different tumblrs entitled DasHausfrau, TheConceptualArtist, TheAbstractPainter and SheAsAcademic which function as sketchbooks for the different strands of my creativity. They often crossover but it’s really useful to refine my creative impulses and really focus ideas which otherwise just run around in my head. For example TheAbstractPainter is great, because it allows me to indulge in my desire to create something really aesthetic without the guilt of having to conceptualize the work, whereas TheConceptualArtist is more research based and often about something live, which I need an audience to engage with in order to explore different social concepts.”
THE SUNDAY PAINTER
1st Floor, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL
“This gallery/studio complex was set up by a friend of mine Harry Scoging Beer and his mates Will Jarvis and Grace Schofields straight after we got out of Art school and in the past three years they have been prolific! Providing a platform for young emerging artists to exhibit and sell their work as well as group crits and support for studio members The Sunday Painter has it all! They also have an amazing roof terrace to hang out on and a state of the art, brand spanking new screen-printing studio with a qualified technician. If only there were more of you Sunday Painters out there!”
BRIXTON CHARITY SHOP
96 Brixton Road, London, Greater London, SW9 6BE
“One of my favourite things to do is have a good rummage. I Love scouring the streets for peoples discarded furniture and ornaments - in fact when we were down in Brixton doing this shoot we stumbled across a great formica table, which Retts kindly loaded into her car. This charity shop on Brixton Road is ridiculously cheap and I always come away with something great. I still use my vintage grey leather waiters-wallet I found for a quid 3 years ago. It is definitely worth the pilgrimage from East to South for it’s charms.”
“A short walk from my house and you’re suddenly in the marshes which are incredibly beautiful and wild. I love a good autumnal windy walk to clear my head and look at all the wild flowers and berries! It’s so lovely to have a little bit of the countryside right on my doorstep so I can escape the madness of London every now and again.”
See more of Helen’s work here: