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Tutors: Helen McCook

Helen McCook graduated in Printed & Dyed Textiles with Art History in 2000 and then spent three years training in hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. On completing the RSN Apprenticeship, she worked as Head of Costume and Textiles at Bonham’s Auction House where she developed her expertise, particularly in 16th and 17th century embroidery. Helen continued to teach and lecture for the RSN while she was at Bonhams and then during a year spent as Atelier and Production Manager for the embroiderers Hand & Lock.  Images of garments displaying her work for fashion companies have been used in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Collections and Hello Magazine. In 2008, she began a freelance career and now runs workshops and lectures throughout Britain and America.

She teaches regularly on the RSN’s Day Classes and Certificate and Diploma courses at Hampton Court Palace and at RSN Scotland.  She also works on a range of projects including designing, making, exhibiting and consultancy work on valuing, handling and displaying antique textiles.  Helen has displayed work in the Kitagawa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan as part of the British/Japanese Council celebration of 150 years trade as well as in a number of galleries in Britain.