Handmade wooden table
Screen printed designs on cotton satin and silk
Hammered copper, hand-cut into seed head shapes
Hand-cut silk on silk organza, to recreate the dappled shadows trees create in early summer evenings
Fresh water pearl and glass beads on silk
Lasercut mushroom design on plywood
Cotton thread in channels of digitally printed silk organza
Ella's work is heavily inspired by nature, influencing the materials, techniques and processes she encompasses. She uses sustainable fabrics such as silk, wood and bamboo to create as little impact on the environment as possible through her designs.
Her final degree collection, 'Biophilia', is inspired by the biophilia hypothesis, which is based on the theory of humans having an innate attraction to nature. She believes that in the modern world controlled by technology, people need calming spaces to relax and forget the stress of day-to-day life. It is for this reason she has taken into account all of our senses whilst designing her collection. A tranquil colour palette, alternative material usages and fragrance-infused fabrics lend themselves to creating her serene interiors. It was important to Ella to create a very small impact on the environment as she was developing her collection. This led to thinking of new techniques that gave the same impression as traditional processes that are renowned for damaging our surroundings, as well as using sustainable materials and finding a use for any scraps or leftover dyes to attempt zero waste.
Exhibited at Premiere Vision (2018) Assisted at London Fashion Week (2017 and 2018)
Julien McDonald Steven Tai Freelance