Interpolations by Helen Howes - in the designer's words

One of the great things about being an Artist is the licence to work In Series - this is a particular variety of laziness, as you don't need a new idea every morning. Most days, I can just go into the workshop and say "what if I do this a little differently". So for about 10 years my default has been Trees. Still is, a lot of days.

Then every now and again a little spark hits my brain and a new series happens...  So, Interpolations...


v. in·ter·po·lat·edin·ter·po·lat·ingin·ter·po·lates
1. To insert or introduce between other elements or parts
a. To insert (material) into text
b. To insert into a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce
3. To change or falsify (a text) by introducing new or incorrect material
4. Mathematics
a. To estimate a value of (a function or series) between two known values
b. To create a continuous function that incorporates (a finite set of data), such as creating a curve that passes through a fixed set of points or a surface through a fixed set of curves
5. To introduce estimated values of (pixel data) into a pixel array to improve the quality of an enlarged digital image
To make insertions or additions

[Latin interpolāreinterpolāt-to touch up, refurbishfrom interpolisrefurbishedsee pel- in Indo-European roots.]

in·ter′po·la′tion n.
in·ter′po·la′tive adj.
in·ter′po·la′tor n.    etc. etc... (you can edit this madly)

My brother Simeon died almost exactly a year ago... He was an inspiration, an aggravation, an alcoholic; bullied as a child (I'm the elder, could not save him always), my wee brother, for whom I lay awake and worried, but whom I could not force to be happy... He was French for most of his life and slid into Frenchness a little sideways... 
He was also a mathematician and a constructor of tessellations. He made moving images in computers. This connects with the way I work in cloth in a sideways sort of way... Interpolation again.
So these little pieces are a sort of homage, but also a record of how we inspired and loved and irritated each other for so many years. I cut the fabric ground and Interpolate blocks, improvisation, without plan or finished concept... Sometimes they fail...

Interpolations 1
Interpolations 1
Interpolations 2
Interpolations 2
Interpolations 3
Interpolations 3
Interpolations 4
Interpolations 4
Interpolations 3a Interpolations 3a detail 
Interpolations 3a - 'Inpurpleation'
(pattern available from

(Interpolations 5 is yet to be revealed!)

Interpolations 6  Interpolations 6 detail
Interpolations 6 with detail
Winner of a ribbon at the West Country Quilt Show 2015
Made using Oakshott Cosmos silks
Interpolations 7 with detail (work in progress)
Made with Oakshott Colourshotts

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