Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Stephanie Ellen News

So it's been a while… a Stephanie Ellen update includes graduating, moving back in with the parents, new jobs, weddings and… getting engaged!(post to follow!) Been a hectic, exciting time. All you could ask for straight after finishing uni. But never mind with the details as right now I'd like to introduce to you my final degree collection.
In just over a weeks time I will be selling my pieces as well as launching new pieces and products, at the Designer Art & Craft Market, I'Klectik Cafe, Old Paradise Yard, just round the corner from Waterloo Station.

Very Exciting to be part of a fab group of designer makers selling unique and innovative gifts and products. Would be great to see you're lovely faces so please come along and check out what London Craftsmanship has to offer! (Perfect timing to get organised for Christmas! ;)

The Secret Garden Collection

See this previous post to discover the 'secrets' behind this collection. 
This shoot was set in the stunning grounds of Tylney Hall with beautiful italian gardens full of wisteria and private corners. It was the perfect location to shoot my romantic necklace collection along side my  beautiful model Emily. Photographer Lara Clarke, Little Lara Designs


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Degree Show

The Private view had a real feel of celebration as all of our hard work had finally come to an end and we were able to relax and take in the atmosphere. Great food and drink also helped get us in the party mood! 

Me with my final collection!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Behind the Secret Garden

Finally I have got to this point, I have made my way through the various projects and three years of University, some fantastic trips and an amazing work placement. Had lectures and chats with some of the most inspiring artists and designers. And of course have made some incredible friends who I will always hold dear.

All the hard work is now done, it's been marked… (eek!) And now on display for anyone to have a look! The Show is open for all of this week at Bath Spa University, Sion Hill, Bath, BA1 5SF… But now, have a sneak peak into all the background work that went into my final degree collection; the inspiration, the progress and production. 

The 'Secret Garden' is a place of security, of escape, and contemplation, a private place to simply 'be'. My story is of a girl who has grown up and returns to this place, whether in reality or in her mind. This nostalgia conjures up feelings of comfort, of playfulness and fun. It is inspired by one of my favourite childhood stories, ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett, about a young girl discovering a hidden and forgotten garden. It is overgrown and unkempt, with curious dilapidating architecture and unruly foliage. She nurtures this place and it becomes her own. 
Using imagery of wall gardens and decorative plasterwork, I will be exploring the romantic and playful themes of ‘The Secret Garden’ through 3D manipulation of knit and materials.