Helen Mather

Helen Mather

Visual Arts

What inspires you as an artist?

I am inspired by social history, personal narratives and experiences. I use collage in my practice to layer ideas and explorations using stitch, image and cloth. I’m also interested in the benefits to health and wellbeing of making and in particular communal making, both in my work and in workshops I deliver.


Tell us about your Imago project:

I recently discovered a box belonging to my late grandma containing personal ephemera that she wanted to keep and preserve. This discovery made me think about personal archives, legacy and lives in a community. In my project I want to explore this idea, engaging people to produce their own personal and community archives using textiles, an important link to the historic industry of the area. In a series of public workshops we will be creatively exploring everyday archives, looking at objects that we assign value to and working around ideas of people and place.

Alongside, and in response to these workshops, I will be creating my own piece of work, a textile piece, which also directly links to my grandma’s archive. In this piece I will be exploring ideas of family, legacy and identity. 

Who can take part?

Anyone can take part in the workshops in Ashton and Wigan Library, there is no expectation of textiles experience or levels of skill. If you are keen to get involved then we would be delighted to have you! There is opportunity to learn new skills with textiles but also, more importantly, to find your own way of expressing your ideas through art and textiles.

How do I get involved?

There will be more information to follow when we have confirmed dates, and a website with all the details of the Imago projects running. There will also be information on social media via twitter and facebook.


How can I follow your journey?

I will be producing a digital archive in the form of a blog on the Imago website. You can also keep up to date with our developments on Facebook and Instagram. At the end of the project there will be an event where we will present our work and talk about our discoveries.