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.
Helen's fashion career with British heritage brands gave her the opportunity to develop archive fabrics and prints
for her womenswear collections. Drawing on this experience, Helen made the decision to leave fashion design
for a slower creative journey celebrating handwoven textiles.
Her journey continued by leaving London to return to North Yorkshire, where she has
immersed herself into the slow textile world of hand weaving.
"My aim is to create beautiful carefully considered textiles to be treasured and enjoyed for years to come"
Studio Milena collections are designed, handwoven and hand-finished
by Helen in her studio located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Studio Milena collections evolve slowly to offer limited-edition interior textiles, luxurious one-off scarves, and intricately woven art panels.
Each carefully crafted piece is brought to life with unexpected colour combinations, beautiful textures, and captivating
Cushions and woven artworks can be created in
colours to suit a client's home decor.
Please contact Helen if you would like to know more
about this service.
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.
Collections are handwoven using wool thoughtfully selected from Yorkshire mills where the yarn is spun, dyed and finished to a high standard. Leftover mill-end yarns are responsibly sourced from British mills and Helen is delighted to also include wool yarn from small local businesses, where the yarn is traceable to the sheep in the field.
You will also find printed silk fabrics leftover from the fashion industry entwined into Studio Milena woven art panels..
"Ethical and environmentally considered textiles are
the essence of my weaving practice"
Helen is fascinated by architecture; from crumbling brick walls, elegant Georgian townhouses and
She is particularly captivated by the relationship between architecture and nature within rural, urban and
Her design process often explores abstract art and collage to create her contemporary interpretation on
traditional weaving structures.
Helen entwines these influences into her woven textiles with an intuitive use of colour and a
celebration of natural fibres.
"I love the endless creative possibilities weaving offers me as a designer"
Helen's weaving combines meticulous detail, therapeutic repetitions, and spontaneous creativity. Each individual process takes time and patience, with the beauty of a finished piece not being revealed until Helen rolls it off her loom.
It is this wonderful creative journey that brings Helen a sense of connection with her handwoven textiles.
A connection she hopes to share through her work.
If you would like to read more about Helen's
creative weaving journey, you can subscribe to her