Feiler is a member of a well-known and respected family of
Her father, Paul Feiler is an internationally renowned modernist
painter from the St. Ives School
her mother, June Miles, is also a painter
working in St Just where she has a gallery.
in 1952, Helen went to school in Bristol where her father was Head
of Painting at Bristol Art School, and spent her
at the family home in Kerris, near Newlyn. Helen immersed in
art from birth, shared her family and home with some of the UK’s
best-known artists, including William Scott and Delia Heron,
who were her Godparents.
says because of this environment, she feels that she has been an
artist from birth and as a 10-year-old cleared the
coal cellar at their
home in Bristol and turned into her first studio. Here
she confesses to developing an obsession with wax, the medium
she uses today in her jewellery
In 1969 Helen went to Falmouth School of art where she
completed a foundation course, before taking a degree
course at Gloucestershire College of Art
and Design in Cheltenham. She also studied at Goldsmiths
College, London, where she received an art-teaching certificate
and did a lot of printmaking.
During this period, Helen had a studio above Penwith Galleries,
St. Ives, using her skills as a printmaker to create
unique wallpapers and limited
edition silkscreen prints. She regularly exhibited paintings
at the Newlyn Gallery and Penwith Gallery, as well as
galleries in London, Germany and
the late 1980’s, Helen met Alex Everitt, well known for his
skills as a jeweller, working from his workshop in Mousehole. Helen
spent 5 years
attending lessons at Alex’s workshop and began
developing her unique restrained and effortless style
and method of
jewellery making. In 1993,
Helen held her first exhibition of jewellery at the
Newlyn Gallery and during this time was exhibiting
and selling through
in Cornwall, London and New York.
opened her own gallery – the Helen Feiler Gallery
- in the heart of the fishing port of Newlyn, in
1998, which is
where she also
During three busy decades, she somehow found the
time and energy to exhibit extensively, enjoying solo and mixed
paintings and jewellery
in Britain, Germany and the U.S.A.
the past few years, Helen has been spending time on the island of Lamu off the
cost of Kenya where she has a studio
Beach Village that her daughter
has presented as part of the spring 2007 season at the Tate
St. Ives a show of jewellery
history, as this
is the first time
the Tate, whether in London, Liverpool or St.
Ives has mounted
an exhibition of jewellery. She has also produced
a series of six different designs
have been on sale in the gallery’s shop.
says she is inspired by beautiful objects from bronze-age Celtic
chains and rings to
vegetal inventions of Art Noveau, early
stone age art through to contemporary work,
this wide appreciation and love of aesthetic, is she
by her subconscious and resurfaces
in her work.
uses stones, crystals and fossils in her jewellery, experimenting
with size, scale,
and volume which she encases in twists of
silver and gold, evoking a celebration of
their beauty and complex design. Each piece is a
natural beauty, of stone, colour and the
ephemeral quality of light.
am making this jewellery for people who come along and collect
it like talismans,” says Helen.
“Scintillating and superb ….Her necklaces link past and present.
Boadicea might have worn them.” Hilary Spurling, award-winning