Helen Blanchard

Helen Blanchard


Title: Helen Blanchard


The People Behind the Patents.


With every passing year we are provided with new gadgets to alleviate the problems of our busy lives, yet few of us stop to consider that behind every new gadget is an individual who has confronted a problem and originated a solution. This series of prints is a tribute to those innovative and ingenious people who have shaped the modern world.



Helen Blanchard's fertile mind and mechanical genius produced 28 patents, twenty-two of which were installed in large factories, saving time and money in the commercial sewing industry. The best known of these was the zig-zag stitch sewing machine, which she patented in 1873. Among her other patents was a pencil sharpener.

Technique: Digital print on archival pigment and paper

Dimensions: Print size is 150x150mm loose fitted to a 200x200mm mount.