Ellen Howell

I describe myself as a Visual Textile artist. Having come from a commercial design background my practice was strongly influenced by drawing and painting.
During my time in an international textile residency in Odisha, India, I found a path to combine my visual and textile practices.

I work with natural fibres and wherever possible use sustainable products. Mediums are used with a “why not?” attitude rather than in a “this is the way to use them!” manner.
I walk through life having to touch. The sensuality, roughness, cool, heat and colour are filed away to live again through my creations. I work on multiple projects and move between them. “As I need to resolve a problem with one, I’ll move to another. Often that resolution has an impact on all my work”.
“You can paint or draw with thread, you can wear the landscape and you can see a feeling”.