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I spent my childhood constantly sewing, making and drawing. I loved to draw and would spend all my spare time with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. After school, I went on to study Art & Design at Strode College in Street, specialising in fine art for my final project. I created a costume, sketchbook and miniature doll based around the lives of the Flax Picking Women during WW1. It was during this project that I decided what degree to take at University. I have always been interested in history, fashion, film and design, and therefore Costume seemed the ideal route to take. 

After college, I started my degree in  Costume & Performance Design at the Arts University in Bournemouth. Throughout my three years I specialised in costume design and illustration. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, university life became virtual with lessons being held online. It was an unusual time, but I felt I have benefited by gaining experience in digital drawing and online presentations. My final project and degree show consisted of both analogue drawing and textile work. Although I enjoyed the digital design process, I couldn't wait to get back to the hands-on drawing and making. 


Now I have graduated, I have started my own creative business, making and selling ‘Artist Dolls’ and fabric creations. My love of telling a story through costume, incorporating fine detail and design, has embarked me on this new and exciting journey. My business has a strong focus on sustainability, using vintage and recycled fabrics and materials.

Ella xx

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