About TPF Faerie Wear
The TPF team is composed of husband and wife Steve Atkinson and Helen Robinson.
Helen is the chief designer while Steve handles the photography. Between them they share the creation workload making all your items by hand, with the help of a couple of faeries, in their little workshop at their home in Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK.
Helen is the daughter of internationally renowned ceramic artist Jennifer Robinson. She was raised in a very creative family: her parents ran a successful pottery business. So she spent a lot of time watching them create and traveling around to events with them.
When Helen was 7, they moved to France where she completed her education. Always with a keen interest for arts and crafts, Helen spent lots of her childhood creating and went to Art college in France. However she soon realised it wasn't for her as the course was more about the theory behind Art, and less about the practical hands-on stuff she was interested in. Consequently she dropped out after a couple of years and went to work with her mother as a ceramic sculptor... where she discovered that she was actually very good at it... but found it hard always comparing her work to her mum's 30+ years experience.
Helen left home at 18 and moved back to England where she spent a few years trying to find herself. She did a bit of bar work, waitressing, and even had a really cool job as a follow spot operator that she loved. But she could never hold any job down for very long. She tried to go self employed a couple of times including as a French teacher but lacked the self discipline required to follow it through. Then she met Steve.
Steve is a professional photographer, originally from Saltburn, who graduated from the university of Brighton in 1996 with a BTEC national diploma in art and design and a BA Hons in editorial photography.
Shortly after meeting, Helen and Steve started TPF Images&Arts, a business that offered editorial photography for events, band promotion, model portfolios etc., and found that they so much enjoyed working together, for themselves, that they were encouraged to stick at it and make it work.
Their son Kyte was born end of 2007 and Helen was a full time stay at home mum until he was 1, but felt she needed to express her creativity in more than helping Steve with his photography. A return to clay was impractical because it is very much not compatible with small children... so Helen started altering and decorating some of her own clothes... and TPF Faerie Wear was born.
Once she had started, nothing could stop her! She began with tutus and pixie pockets and within a year had taught herself a whole new bunch of tricks. Orders were beginning to pour in.
At this point, Steve was operating his photography business under the name "Rage Photography", an offshoot of TPF Images&Arts and rapidly established himself as the main nightclub photographer in this area, being the in house photographer for quite a few regular events as well as having the opportunity to photograph some internationally renowned musicians and DJ's, and having his images seen in various world-wide publications. However, in July 2012, Steve decided to quit all his other ventures to focus his photographic talent solely on TPF and also to join Helen on the creation side.
Helen and Steve tied the knot on the 21st of June 2013.
By this time TPF had outgrown their small shed at the bottom of the garden so they took the plunge and moved to bigger better premises in order to have more room to grow and to take on helping hands. Their range of clothing and accessories is rapidly expanding and they love learning new techniques and pushing their limits both in imaging and clothing.
Helen was voted best UK alternative designer of the year 3 years running (2012, 2013 and 2014) by the readers of Alt Mag Magazine. In October 2014 TPF Faerie Wear became a trading name of TPF Images&Arts LTD.
TPF is now a 4 person team. Each person specializing in a different area of the business, all coming together to wrap your body in rainbows.
Helen and Steve remain in charge but are now assisted by 2 lovely ladies : Isabel who is a very talented pattern maker who helps make Helen's crazy visions a reality as well as being in charge of cutting out all the pieces for orders and May who spends most of her time making the orders but is also our occasional in-house model :-)