Helen Leighton-Rose was once a biologist. She is now an historian and an artist.  

She lives on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, viewing the windswept Cheviots Hills everyday.

Helen is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she gained her Master’s Degree in 2019.

Now in the fourth year of a part time PhD, her research has expanded to explore women’s agency and subversion in the period 1740-1840.

She has worked as a professional artist since 2001. Her practice centres on the use of fabric and stitch, with a specialism in free-motion embroidery. In 2023 she started painting in oils.

Once a wedding photographer, she now prefers photographing landscapes; they don’t disappear to the bar.

She has taught and exhibited internationally; as a C&G Embroidery tutor, an invited artist to the Fashion & Embroidery show at the NEC; at Wallington National Trust House; Paxton House, The Border Textile Towerhouse to name a few. Published in a variety of magazines and books she now concentrates on exhibiting working as a freelance as a tutor and lecturer.