The Heroine’s Journey of Helen Dyne

What is the best thing I love about my work?  Gosh there are so many things but I think  being able to continually grow the artist inside me, its a never ending perpetuation of an overactive mind.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being with my family.

What is my greatest fear? That one day I may not be able to create anymore.
What is the trait I most deplore in myself? Over thinking and being too critical of myself.
Which living people in my profession do I most admire?  I have met some wonderful artists over the years, there are so many but in the glass world  it has to be Linda Humphrey, Alison Lowry,  Christina Bothwell,  Phil Vickery, Paul Messink. Joseph Harrington,
What is my greatest extravagance?  Buying beautiful pieces of art to add to my forever growing home gallery.
On what occasion would I lie? So as not to disappoint someone.
What is the thing  I dislike most about my work?  Finding the balance of pricing my work.
When and where was I the most happiest in my work? When I am talking and laughing with other  artists to help each other grow.   Whether it be to overcome a hurdle you are stuck at or to simply be the admirer of another’s work.
If I could what would I change about myself? To be more assertive for what I believe in.
What is the greatest achievement in my work? I was brought up with the attitude  to go get a proper job as Art was not seen as that.   If  you are a musician you play beautiful music, if you were blessed with a voice you will sing,  it was inevitable that the Artist in me would come out one day, so  to be the Artist I am today and to continue to grow.
Where would I most like to live? Surrounded by beautiful countryside, quiet and away from the crowds so I suppose for now I am happy in my studio with the stream running through the garden with the wildlife showing its presence every now and then.
What is my most treasured possession?  It has to be my children.
What is my most marked characteristics?  Being crazy,  probably impulsive too but many say I make them laugh so thats fine by me.
What is the most inspirational place in my city?  The bottom of my garden on a warm sunny day.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink? Cafes and bars down old cobbled streets.
What books influenced my life and how?  Starting young getting lost in the Janet and John books, listening to my Grandmother Aida Capel read me her published stories and poems very fond memories.  Roald Dahl and many Biographies to many to mention.
You only die once what music would I listen to on my last day? I love the sound of rock and guitar so it would have to be “Hey You” Pink Floyd.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Jane Eyre.
Who are my heroes and heronies in real life? My friends and family  …. the people around me who bring out the best in me.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime.  I think one of the best actresses has to be, for me,    Bette Davies,  The Letter   .. W Somerset Maugham,  Howard Koch.
What role does art play in my life and work.  The leading lady  …. each and every day I am auditioning for new designs.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  My Husband Chris Dyne and My Sons, Henry, Charlie, Harry and George and of course my many good friends who have been by my side through thick and think and a sprinkling of wonderful Artist I have met and become friends  with over the years.
Who would I like to work with in 2018?  Those people I have met on my artistic journey so far and those  that I am yet to meet,  too many to mention.
Which people in my profession would I like to meet in 2018? Christina Bothwell, Alison Lowry.
What project am I looking forward to working on in 2018?  The upcoming project I am working on at the moment is for the Flux Exhibition Chelsea College of Arts 11th Sept to 15th Sept.   After that I am very much looking forward to learning the lost wax glass casting and to work towards a private view of my own.
Where can you see my work in 2018?  My studio is always open,  The upcoming Flux Exhibition,  The Nude Tin Can Gallery St Albans,  All Our Own Crafts Shop Festival Place,  Lingwood Samuel Gallery Godalming, The Hampshire Open Studios August 24th – 27th August.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  Its a feeling inside of me I cannot describe an overwhelming feeling of happiness when I start to create, you just cannot stop it or turn it off.
Which creative heronies should Peter invite to tell their story? Mandy Hawkins,  Caroline Lingwood, Kim Styles, Mandy Dineley Penney.
How can you contact me?
Instagram  @helendyne

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