Q&A: Helen Round December 04, 2015 09:10

Continuing our Q&A series with inspiring bloggers, makers and artists, is an interview with designer-maker Helen Round, who has a background in fine art textiles and printmaking. She is based in Cornwall and works from her garden-top studio which is perched on a hill above the River Tamar.

How do you like to start your working day?
My day begins with a slow walk up the steps which lead through the flower beds to my studio, which is at the top of the garden. I’ll usually have a mug of mint tea in hand - and a piece of toast with my dad’s honey on it.

Helen Round

What could you not do without in your studio?
I love our big cutting table. It is the central hub of the studio and it doubles up as a print bench. It is also a great place to gather with the team when we are creating new ideas.

What is your greatest inspiration?
The amazing views from the studio are always transforming with the weather and the seasons. They provide an ever changing backdrop and are a constant source of inspiration for new designs and ideas.

Country garden washbag by Helen Round

Screen printed country garden washbag by Helen Round, £22

If you were cast away on a desert island, which piece of music would you take with you?
I have followed the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen since I was a teenager, so I think I would choose You Got Me Singing, from his album Popular Problems.

Which book would you take?
I love language so I think I would like to take a dictionary so that I could continue to find new words and definitions, and also play scrabble against myself!

If you were prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do?
I would want to put in place support for small creative businesses that are struggling to grow and survive in rural areas.

Helen Round's studio

"The views from my studio provide an ever changing backdrop and are a constant source of inspiration"

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
It would have to be to the roaring Twenties, the fabulous flappers... and Paris.

What advice would you offer someone thinking of starting their own creative business?
Be sure of what you want to do and stay focused and determined. Surround yourself with supportive people, don’t be afraid to ask for help and always make time for your family.

Birdsong washbag by Helen Round

Birdsong washbag by Helen Round, in natural linen, £22

After a day spent designing and printing, how do you wind down?
My daughter Phoebe and I both love to cook, and at the end of a busy day I like nothing better than spending time with her in the kitchen, preparing supper and then relaxing by the fire together. I also love to have friends round for dinner, and a good competitive game of cards.

What motto do you live by?
Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today!