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For more information on Pat, her work tradition of afternoon tea, I began fabrics. I also printed the same
and upcoming events, please visit her researching teacup shapes and the teacup-inspired designs onto the
website: patterns painted/printed onto tea fireplace tiles, and hand painted the
www.patbullenwhatlinggallery.co.uk cups. After several design variations, crockery in the cabinet. I then had
my final two patterns were created to beg, borrow, or buy everything
Helen Meer is a Lincolnshire- by combining flower illustrations else - including the ceiling, carpet,
based designer and the talent with teacup outline shapes. I then crockery, sourcing the furniture
behind Original Minnie which transferred these patterns onto (from junk shops and auctions), the
specialises in jewellery, cards and silk screens, and spent months in fireplace surround (made by my
accessories with a textile twist. the print room, hand printing the Dad), the skirting board (donated by
Helen graduated in 2008 from designs in various colours onto my Aunt), and the cakes (baked by
Birmingham City University with a fabrics and rolls of wallpaper. Once my Mum). I did have various helpers
BA Hons in Visual Art by Negotiated the raw ‘products’ were made I then who were invaluable in the set-up
Study. Gill of UK Handmade spoke chose to present them within a week who helped with painting walls,
to Helen to find out about the dining room setting to present them transporting furniture, and teaching
inspiration behind her work and as they could be used. Each student me how to put up wallpaper as I had
her plans for the future. had a designated space to present never done it before! It was the first
their work as they chose – apart time I had ever put wallpaper up
I understand that your final degree from the three walls I began with, I – very nerve racking as us final year
show was a tea-time extravaganza, had created or bought in everything students only had a few days to set
what was the inspiration behind that was there – the wallpaper, up our final show spaces – I certainly
it? “Following my interest in social tablecloth, napkins, seat covers wouldn’t have had time to re-print
history and specifically the great and lampshade used my printed if I had made a mistake! In the 
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