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Helen Milen Studio Milena Contemporary handwoven textiles

Behind the loom

Studio Milena was launched by Helen Milen, a former fashion designer with a passion for woven textiles, handcrafted luxury, and sustainable practices.

During Helen's fashion career with British heritage brands she worked closely with fabric mills, which highlighted her love for all things woven. Drawing on this experience, Helen decided to leave fashion design for the slower creative journey of a hand weaver.

"My aim is to create beautiful carefully considered textiles to be treasured and enjoyed

for years to come"

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Collections

Studio Milena collections evolve slowly to offer contemporary woven art panels, limited edition interior textiles and luxurious one-off scarves.  Each carefully crafted piece is brought to life through Helen's passion for texture and off-beat colour.

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For early access to all new collections, please subscribe to Helen's

Textile Journals here. 

 

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Practice

Considered design and sustainable ethics are at the heart

of Helen's creative practice.  Weaving with only natural fibres,

time is taken to source materials in-line with the slow-textile principles of her brand.

Helen carefully selects wool yarn from Yorkshire mills where the yarn is spun, dyed and finished to a high standard. Discontinued yarns and leftover silk fabrics are thoughtfully sourced from fashion and textile companies.

Loom waste and off-cuts from Helen's own studio are re- woven into new pieces.

"Ethical and environmentally considered textiles are

at the heart of my weaving practice"

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Inspiration

Helen is fascinated by architecture; from crumbling brick walls, elegant Georgian townhouses and contemporary structures. 

 

She is particularly captivated by architecture's relationship with nature and the surrounding landscape. Rural, urban and coastal. Layers of contrasting textures, unexpected patterns and pops of off-beat colour, that invite a closer look.

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Weaving

Each individual weaving process takes Helen time and patience, with the beauty of a finished piece not being revealed until she rolls it off her loom.

It is this wonderful journey that brings Helen a sense of connection with her handwoven textiles. A connection she hopes to share with others through her work.

Hear more about Helen's weaving process by subscribing to her Textile Journals here

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Trade Clients

Helen loves to work with Interior designers, boutique hotels and independent businesses. If you would like to include Studio Milena handwoven art or home textiles in your interior styling, Helen would be delighted to hear from you.

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Contemporary handwoven textiles

Studio Milena collections are designed, handwoven and hand-finished

by Helen in her studio located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

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