Modernist Patchwork

Ellie Lennard

Modernist Patchwork

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Ellie is a specialist in knitted textiles. Ellie’s final collection ‘Modernist Patchwork’ focuses on the exploration of modernising the traditional patchwork technique, whilst using Spanish architecture and influences from Surrealist artworks as her muse.

Inspired by her environment, including the surrounding architecture, her driving force to produce fabrics with a tactility and lustre is finding beauty within our everyday surroundings, which enables her to produce fabrics and products that derive from the simplicity of objects in our surroundings, and transforming them into a product of our desire.

Ellie experiments with the juxtaposition of shape, colour and texture in her application to fashion products by beginning with creating collages with a distinctly graphic feeling, feeding into the development of her knitting process, which reflects her love of architectural structure and layering of shape and pattern. The features Ellie uses in her design processes include knitted fabrics, screen and digitally printed fabrics, and embroidery techniques.

Combining innovation and traditional techniques within her practice is integral to Ellie’s ethos as a designer, such like having a sensitivity to her environment by considering her materials in her contribution to preserving the beauty in her surroundings.

Ellie’s work aims to acknowledge traditional textile techniques and bring these into contemporary design; she works with the belief that, your surroundings - however industrialised or neoteric possess qualities that are beautiful and that these qualities can be displayed in modern media with reference to traditional techniques.

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