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H E R E I A M & T H I S I S M E:
H E L L O T H E R E.
Hello, hi and good-day. Welcome to the world of Betsy & Els.
My name is Helen and I am a designer maker who lives by the sea. I love walking my dog Oscar, filling my pockets with shells or stones (or other interesting bits), baking sourdough loaves and working on my laser cutter.
I work with paper, card, wood, plywood and acrylics to turn your imaginings into lovely real-life things.
S O I T S T A R T E D:
T H I S I S M E.
Betsy & Els is built around some of my loves, lifelong passions and best bits.
My three awesome children + my seaside home + my passion for making + walks along the beach + my design-led past + collecting beach findings + my love for laser cutting + my knowledge in computer aided design (CAD) = Betsy & Els.
My daughters Beth and Ella (aka Betsy & Els) are two of the people who allowed me to believe that I could be a successful designer maker.
I originally trained in Fine Art and Graphic Design before leaving my home town and venturing to London to work in multi-discipline design. After working in design for many years, life brought me back home to Lytham where my heart and family is. I love our beautiful coastline and the many (often wild) walks I take on the beaches. Lytham is unique and always been the centre of my life, continually pulling me back.
M Y L O V E F O R M A K I N G:
I have always loved making.
Even when I was little I used to delight in taking things apart to find out how they worked and (sometimes) putting them back together again - this was never very popular with my Mum, especially the wooden red piano incident...
Over the years my fascination with making grew. I have explored making things with gorgeous raw materials like paper, card, acrylics, woods, silver, metals and more.
I love finding new materials, new colours and new tools to fuel my addiction to the making process.
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