I studied BA (Hons) Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University between 1996 and 1999. After 12 years of working in London as a designer, I moved down to Brighton, this prompted a return to painting. My time working as a fashion designer had me travelling globally and the variety of cultures I experienced has a strong influence. The use of textile print, embroidery, embellishment and hand painted techniques, brings to life the natural beauty of the landscapes along the South coast.

Inspired by the beautiful scenery in Sussex I mainly paint landscapes and seascapes, using a mix of paint with embroidery. My artwork always starts with the use of colour. I capture the moment by taking photographs or sketching  the changing of the seasons and the colours. Foraging and beach combing for pebbles, seed heads and grasses. I use these finds for the mono printing, and to inspire the embroidery detail within the paintings.

I paint directly onto fabric, working with colours and shapes using fabric paints and dyes. The free motion embroidery is inspired by nature; the relationship between the landscape, colour and the native flora. Often leaving the threads to hang free and the embroidery brings movement and depth to the painting.  At times add a small amount of hand embroidery to create further texture.

I paint full time from my home studio in Brighton, showing my work at local galleries and exhibitions around Sussex and London. I also design a range of homeware products under my own brand Freyelli Designs.

Ellie Hipkin Textile Artist

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