RECONNECTING // Interdependent Landscapes
Through rug tufting and sculpture, Ellie visually communicates the stories of vulnerable ecologies woven within the local landscapes surrounding her in rural Warwickshire. Her work aims to be a sustainable, thoughtful studio process; she hand tufts British wool onto hessian backings repurposed from used coffee bean sacks from a local coffee roasting company.
Ellie utilises the fibre by-product produced from her hand tufting process creating 3D forms which exploit colour and tactile surface qualities. Collecting and sorting the excess fibre of various tufted colours and combining these with potato starch, Ellie has developed an experimental biomaterial 3D production technique. Through selecting and adapting a combination of wool-craft methodologies, Ellie is then able to intertwine them together into a small-scale production of crafted home interior artefacts. The material interdependent studio practice reconnects the value of overlooked materials, revealing how old and new processes can be combined to enhance and emphasise visual and tactile qualities of the collective pieces.