Helen Douglas (book artist)

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Helen Douglas (born 1952) is a Scottish book artist, publisher and educator.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Douglas was born in Galashiels, grew up on a farm in the Scottish Borders, and studied at the Carlisle College of Art and Design. She received a BA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of East Anglia in 1973 and pursued post-graduate studies in textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles. In 1975, Douglas settled in Yarrow. She received a PhD from the Arts faculty at the University of Edinburgh in 1997.[3][4]

Douglas has lectured at the Scottish College of Textiles, was a lecturer on book arts at the University of the Arts London, and has been part of a research group investigating the artist's book in digital format.[4]

From 1975 to 1994, Douglas produced artist's books under the series name Weproductions in partnership with Telfer Stokes; since then, she has produced her books solo.[3]

In 2006, Douglas was made a life member of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[4]


Douglas has been awarded the:

  • Publishing Award from the Scottish Arts Council for Chinese Whispers (1975)
  • Publishing Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain for Clinkscale (1977)
  • Hope Scott Trust Award for Water on the Border (1993)
  • Atlanta Book Prize for Wild Wood (2001)
  • Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award for excellence
  • LAB 2004 for Illiers Combray
  • LAB 2006 for Swan Songs with damselflies[2][3]


  1. ^ "Helen Douglas". MoMA.
  2. ^ a b "Helen Douglas". Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference.
  3. ^ a b c "Helen Douglas". land2. University of Leeds.
  4. ^ a b c "Helen Douglas". Edinburgh Printmakers.