Unwanted materials often possess unexplored value, carrying a history of their own that is frequently visible from their appearance. Seizing the potential of found objects gives them a new lease of life, typically one very different to that of their original purpose.
Ella’s practice utilises the texture and character of driftwood, contrasting its weathered, uneven and dull surface against the feminine softness and sheen of textile thread and plastic tubing. Inspired by the British coast, with colour palettes reminiscent of graffiti, these interior pieces exploit her love of vibrant colour and pattern.
Within the past three years Ella has begun creating Framed Collections; pieces that exploit the vibrant colours and/or unique properties of found beach plastics, sea glass, beach corks and ceramic fragments. Most recently she has started working with items collected from the urban environment, including unwanted lighters, lost jewellery and metal fragments.
Ella is based in Hertfordshire having recently moved from the seaside city of Brighton. Beachcombing, working with her hands and creating unique artworks delight her!
Ella graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Constructed Textiles (Mixed Media) in 2009, having previously gained a first class BA hons. degree in Multi Media Textiles from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 2006.
Ella’s first collection for Heart Gallery is a series of driftwood hearts of course; with Valentines’ Day just around the corner they are the perfect little token of love to give xXx