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Old print materials are given new life as canvas for stunning portraits

Helen Martin can’t imagine a life without art. “It’s my escape it’s my happy place. The process, the creating, that’s the part I couldn’t live without,” she said.

Being dyslexic has meant that Helen found difficulty expressing herself with words, but she has found a voice through her art which has enabled her to speak out about social issues close to her heart.

“I seek to portray the reality of world around us, there’s always meaning in my art.”

Next friday I'm at a local Xmas market come say hi ya grab that one off Xmas gift….. "In Music we find love" I have a lovely old music book from the 1920s all I know is that they belonged to an old local school room …. I'm not sure what they would make of my scribbles. I wanted to use them to create another moment in time. All quick ink sketches …. anyway I hope you are well and treating each other with kindness empathy and love xxx #streetart #art #graffitiinspired #graffiti #pasteup #wheatpaste #slaps #popart #urbanarts #interiordesign #fashion #londonstreetart #ellywhatthefunk #whatthefunk #passion #politics #socialmedia #nude #beautiful #artforsale #workinghard #teamme #kindness #music #love #kiss

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Helen has a genius for breathing new life into visual clichés. With her use of found materials, Helen pits fleeting life against the bigger picture of existence, managing to invest a sense of mystery into her fragments of a life.

“The end piece might work it might not, but the moments spent with the ink and paper are what I do it for. That feeling of release.”

One of my favourites available next weekend at a little festive market … Or now drop me a message There's is always that craving for a connection to share moments with people that really understand you really want to be with you, not because of what u can do for them but because you are the same. Keep looking I believe in people and that it's out there, build each other up share those moments if there's a void then go in search….. Sketched in ink with map details…. Travel and find those that are of your tribe….. xxxxx #streetart #art #graffitiinspired #graffiti #popart #urbanarts #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #music #creative #lips #greeneyes #travel #love #lost #friends #smoke #passion #ink #pearcing #maps #artforsale #hope

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Those paintings hang in the air, suspended by (amongst other things) old letters, sheet music, Helen’s figures demand we look closer, peer inside to catch their innermost being.

To see more of Helen Martin’s work, you can check out her Instagram account.

Working in progress….. Ripping up pages through the night…. Extra points if u can read the extra message…… "more than words" drawn on a old novel from the 1920s…. Make things last forever bring them alive #streetart #art #graffitiinspired #graffiti #popart #urbanarts #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #music #creative #nude #kiss #romantic #passion #love

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"never nornal" hand painted on a music box scroll from the 1900's. Will make a beautiful wall hanging and can be as long or short as u need…. The illustrations on the scroll alone are stunning…. I took a video to help u see, see pervious post…. I hope u like her one have another in the series to complete and share…. Have a great Saturday….. All my arts up for grabs comes in its cute orginal vintage box…. Great idea for Xmas hehehe #streetart #art #graffitiart #popart #urbanart #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #creative #love #nature #music #love #hope #vintage #hoopdance #strength #beautiful #nude #artforsale

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Exhibition opens tonight at @kindredtattoo in London….. These are beautiful large wall hanging….. only two of each made …… If u are interested let me know and I'll put u in touch……. Make a statement with some orginal art works….."don't be a target"….. . As well as my scribbles they are some other incredible artists……. Do it folks….. Invest…… Keep ya daily back drop funky #streetart #art #graffitiinspired #graffiti #popart #urbanarts #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #music #hiphop #creative #londonart #londonstreetart #exhibition #nude #targets #beauty

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Happy Halloween u crazy kids….. I love this time of year….. I'm teaching tonight and seems rude to not to dance to thriller….. Excited…. Art can be a tough way to make living and although I wish all my own individual creations would get snapped up I am lucky to get asked to do commissions, these help keep my dreams and creativity alive……Some I love more than others and this one I love…. #streetart #art #graffitiart #popart #urbanart #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #music #hiphop #creative #birmingham #michealjackson #triller #love #passion #legend #kings #halloween #thriller

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In sunny old Greece and tearing up old books left behind at the villa ….. Scribbled on the beach between showers and sunshine….. I often find myself in hot water with someone somewhere I think I drivel on to much sometimes…. Most of the time…. My work has more than one interpretation please see my latest story for a little insight into me and my art…. If u want of course…. #streetart #art #graffitiinspired #graffiti #popart #urbanarts #interiordesign #fashion #portrait #whatthefunk #ellywhatthefunk #music #creative #travel #memories #love #hoilday #nude #vintage #nature #expressive #model #novel

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