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Helen Leaf Designs

About me

I make beautiful things using antler, bone, silver, bronze and wood and I'm particularly inspired by being outdoors in nature.

My background is varied - I'm known for my work with bone flutes, but I am or have also been: a gardener, beekeeper, wood turner, musical instrument maker, musician, teacher of prehistoric crafts, doctor of archaeology and writer. I've spent time with the Cairngorm reindeer herd and have visited carvers in Lapland. A lot of my current work is connected to ancient trees, which you can read about on I draw on these life experiences in what I do today.

I also weave, teach braiding, and work with ply-split braiding, making my own tools for this in my workshop.

I'm based in the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire area of the UK, and travel locally and nationally to be at shows. I don't tend to put my phone number online as I'm always busy working. But if you'd like to speak with me directly that's fine - just let me know and we'll make that happen.
HelenLeaf with Cairngorm ReindeerHelenLeaf with Cairngorm Reindeer

Events, 2020:

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Events, 2019:

May 2nd to 6th - Spring Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RHS Wisley, Surrey

August 23rd to 26th - Craft in Focus, Hyde Hall, Essex

Oct 25th to Dec 29th - Sheffield Millennium Gallery Handmade for Christmas exhibition, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

October 26th - Attenborough Arts Centre Craft, Art & Food Fair,
University of Leicester, Leicester

November 1st and 2nd - Southwell Minster Winter Craft Fair, Notts

November 23rd and 24th - Thoresby Winterfest, Nottinghamshire

Events, 2018:

May - Spring Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Wisley
June 30th to Sept 29th - On the Block, Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery

Where you may have seen me or my work before:

Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail, Derbyshire
Crafts in the Pen, Skipton, Yorkshire
Spring Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RHS Wisley, Surrey
Lady Bay Arts Festival, Nottinghamshire
Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, Yorkshire
Emporium Gallery, Litchfield, Staffordshire
Nature in Art, Gloucestershire

You may have seen me at many shows through my other website: