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Ella Robinson: trancending textiles

15 June 2011 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Home, Interiors & Auto

Ella Robinson’s unique work transcends textiles; manipulating yarn and natural materials she creates surprising, colourful and tactile art pieces. Texprint alumna Ella’s work exudes warmth and a playful, nostalgic air. Many of her pieces incorporate driftwood and brightly coloured yarn stripes which conjure up reflections of fun, care-free youth and seaside holidays.

Her clean, graphic shapes are drawn from diverse inspiration sources such as “graffiti or interesting shapes within architecture”. Ella explains: “I suppose I am inspired by mood or emotion; I like to create works that have a positive feel about them, and perhaps this comes through in my use of colour. I want pieces that I create to entice people and to be welcoming. I feel that my works are quite humble, particularly the pieces that incorporate driftwood. They are not hiding anything or showing off, they just are what they are.”

As well as being part of Li Edelkoort’s Talking Textiles exhibition in Milan earlier in this year, Ella’s work was also featured in 6 Hands, an exhibition at the Aram Gallery in London. Ella says of the experience: “This was a personal highlight for me. I love the fact that the Aram Gallery has a special interest in supporting artists and designers in their early careers. The curator, Ellie Parke, was very inclusive, and I was able to have an ongoing dialogue about plans for displaying the work.”

Ella’s year will continue to be busy. Some bold, new work commissioned for The Art in the Garden exhibition is currently on show at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. Ella will also have a stand at Origin, during the London Design Festival in September 2011, and later in the year will exhibit at Flow gallery in Notting Hill, London.

She hopes that her career will evolve organically, but she aims to balance this with some regular work running workshops within a gallery or school environment.

Ella acknowledges today’s tough climate and feels that varied work experience should be a priority for those still studying. She notes: “Those people who took a year out and worked within the industry definitely had an advantage when they graduated. They were more employable and knowledgeable. It's a great idea to have a course that involves work experience as part of the curriculum.”

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