Helen Douglas (book artist)
Life and career
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.
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.
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