Fusion quilts & figurative textiles
Two and three dimensional quilting using visible hand stitching , raw edged application and African fabrics.
I am a maker
a teacher –
I immerse myself and my students in exploring, developing and creating our voices and identity through traditional and contemporary hand stitching processes.
Once in a while an exceptional artist appears. Helen Layfield is just such an artist. She infused her art dolls with wise and funky spirit; rendering playfulness into power.
Living in Ecuador I thought it would be impossible for me to be able to cherish one of your dolls. I was wrong ... you and your sister went way out of your ways and over and above what anyone else would do ... I am now the proud and lucky owner of a Soul Art Doll! One day I would love to meet you face to face and attend one of your workshops.
I just love your dolls...for their colours, vivacity and and a natural appeal. I never knew you...but I appreciate your work from India
Helen, your dolls are Amazing! I love everything about them: designs, colors and expressions! Thank you for sharing your art with all if us! USA
Oh my goodness😊! Where do I begin. Your dolls are so creative from choice of colors to design. You inspired me and the group of 35 to create our own. You are a gifted artist and I look forward to each and every doll. Thank you for sharing your artistic art with
Helen is truly a very high end artist and it shows in the impeccable detail and artistry of her work. I’m proud to have several pieces of hers in my home that I value. USA
Helen, I think that your unique combination of Making, Creating and Meditative stitching can take the concept of expressing creativity to another level!! Your Art, Dolls and Colours truly touch the Soul and evoke Emotions and inspire everyone who gets in touch with Them. Thank you for the Love, generosity and Artistic Values Helen!!!
Helen Layfield’s art is natural, is spiritual, is vivacious, is ‘her’, and I love it for all these qualities and for itself. In the many different forms it has taken as her personal, inner journey demanded, it has always maintained its intriguing vibrancy inherited from her African childhood. I have more than admired her art ever since her student days, and have had the privilege and pleasure to have worked with her on several projects where we have combined her visual-art with my word-art.
After admiring your fabulous dolls I recently ordered. A soul art doll kit. I am very pleased with the order. The fabric colours and threads are beautiful as are the buttons. I haven’t had time to make the doll but plan to make soon. Helen you are a very talented artist and your willingness to share your craft and creativeness is greatly appreciated
I've gazed with wonder at the spirit dolls that Helen has posted online. Fanciful, fantastical, some thoughtful, others playful, some seemingly balanced and others wild with abandon, Helen's dolls made me wonder what I might create if I were to give way to intuition and non-judgement? I got brave and tried a kit. My little creation has many admirers as she sits proudly atop a wall shelf. I'm proud of how I let loose - I tend more to structure and order - and allowed my spirit doll to be perfectly imperfect! Thank you, Helen, for introducing me to this art form and helping me "let go" a bit!
Helen Layfield’s dolls make my soul dance and my heart sing. They are alive with personality and evoke deep emotions in me as I hold them in my hands. I can feel the love and attention to detail that went into their creation. I hope I ca own more of them in the future.
Helen, I love your work! Each piece is truly amazing, and I never tire or am disappointed seeing what you come out with next. All of your soul dolls are innovative and riveting. They are not only rich eye candy that I enjoy studying but cathartic pieces that never fail to lift my spirit.
Helen began her distance healing sessions with me when my physical and mental health was at a real low. I was being crippled by anxiety and was bed ridden with extreme fatigue and breathlessness. With regular healing sessions, I have reached a point now where my health and vitality has returned and I am excited about the next phase of my life These sessions have been a lifeline and have enabled me to shift the negativity and grief that has been stifling my wellbeing and create balance and acceptance in its place. Helen has a beautiful, creative energy which has inspired me and the healing I have received has allowed me to look at my life in a positive way. Her wisdom, empathy and informed advice has supported and empowered me to make the changes I need to make, in order to maintain balance, happiness and positive health. I am now being supported by her as a transformational life coach as I evaluate my life and make the changes I want to make for the better. I can’t thank her enough for the gift of healing I have received and would recommend her as a healer and life coach without hesitation.
Helen started healing sessions with my cat because she was over-grooming and losing lots of her coat. The vet suspected anxiety and told us there was very little she could do. She was feral when we rescued her five years ago and had a tendency to lash out when she felt threatened or irritated. After five sessions with Helen my cat seems calmer and generally more affectionate. I have noticed she is grooming less and hopefully this will start to show in her coat. Wonderful!!
My dog Belle had hurt her paw very badly, she was limping and crying in pain every time she jumped on or off the sofa. I was very worried she was very active and I couldn’t take her to the vet. Helen held her paw for about 20 minuets, and when Belle jumped off the chair she didn’t cry again. It was amazing.