helen prior work and process
Her parents 70’s home, with large scale printed curtains and wallpaper, inspired Helen Prior to become a fabric designer and collector. She’s been called “fashion’s best kept secret”, because her print designs and incredible archive of textiles dating from the 1880’s, have defined the collections of several world-famous designers.
Not wanting to be a secret anymore, Helen is literally carving out her own style and creative voice in a unique experiment that cross-pollinates her fabric expertise with her love of ceramics.
The organic, hand-crafted quality of her ceramics is what first inspired Helen Prior to start using clay as a sketchbook and canvas for her fabric designs. Her process begins by creating clay ‘manuscripts’ that are physically carved, cut, stamped, hand-glazed and fired. These ‘manuscripts’ became the building block for her creations. This multi-medium design approach is what allows Helens forms and patterns to work seamlessly across fabrics, ornaments, wallpapers and furniture.
The subject matter of Helen Prior’s work comes from the complex and sophisticated patterns and rhythms of nature. Layering leaves, flowers seeds. Cross referencing the wild flowers and weeds in her garden with stylized flowers in her textile archive to create hybrid, cross pollinated, super plants and patterns.
Amongst all the paired down clean cut shiny modernism there is a space and a need for cohesive thoughtful modern decorative design. Working across fabrics ,wallpapers and ceramics. Helen Prior’s work can be easily integrated in any interior space to create an unforced impression of natural connection and visual cohesion.
60’s & 70’s Helen Prior grew up in the Rugby Warwickshire, UK.
80’s Studied fashion and textiles at Middlesex University London.
90’s Moved to NYC and worked for Emanuel, Emanuel Ungaro and Anne Klein as VP of Textile and print development.
2000’s- Established Angel Textiles developing prints and fabrics for clients Anna Sui, Rebecca Taylor,Trina Turk, DVF and more..
2010’s- Angel Textiles added Angel Vintage selling to Urban outfitters, Gap, Ralph Lauren, JCrew and Tory Burch.
Present: Helen Prior lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York. Creating her Ceramics, Textiles and Furniture.