Fashion and Textiles

Carey Ellis

Lecturer (HE)

MA Textiles for Fashion (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), BA Textile Design (Chelsea College of Art and Design)

Biography

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2013 with a MA in Textiles for Fashion, under the direction of the late Professor Louise Wilson, Carey has worked within the fashion and textiles industry as a Print Designer and Project Manager for Eley Kishimoto in London. In addition to this she has worked as a freelance print designer for a number of fashion companies and textile studios, including Jasper Conran, Holland & Holland and The Collection. Prior to this Carey gained a First Class Honours Degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Carey’s textile specialism lies within print design, where she is trained in traditional silk-screen and digital print. She is hugely inspired by and enjoys exploring colour, shape and form in creating pattern innovation – which she translates by combining both hand and digital textile techniques in creating innovative, complex and technical design outcomes. She is highly motivated and strives to constantly update her practice and knowledge of the textile field. A recent project included learning and developing textile outcomes using the digital embroidery machines here at the AUB, which was exhibited at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in 2017 along with at a QEST Scholar event at St James Palace. She is currently working on a new projects where she will be undertaking a weave residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the summer of 2018, and in developing the innovative print developments exploring light, colour and illusion, that she started during her BA.

Professional practice

Carey is currently completing her Postgraduate Certification of Academic Practice (PgCAP), where her area of interest lies within enhancing students self-regulated learning through implementing new teaching and learning strategies.

 

Professional memberships

  • Guild Associate - The Devon Guild of Craftsmen (2016)
  • HEA Fellow (2017)

Awards

  • Leathersellers’ Company Educational Award (2012)
  • QEST Craft Scholarship (2011)

Grants

  • Leathersellers (2012)
  • HSBC Bursary for Education (2011)
  • Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (2011)

Research Specialism

Carey strives to constantly learn new skills and update her practice, and although trained in print design, her latest project titled ‘Moroccan doors’, is a series of framed paper collages and fabric embroideries based on the front doors and building facades seen in Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains. Carey often incorporates her travel and cultural experiences within her work. Morocco’s rich, artistic and traditional history in design (and specifically textiles) ranges from traditional dyeing, leather work, intricate wood carving, rug weaving and use of colour – exquisite colour, traditional colour, effortless colour and inspiring colour. Colour is everywhere – roof tops adorned with majorelle blue bundles of drying yarn, mountains of coloured spices in the souks, flashes of geometric ceramic mosaics and every shade of red and yellow ochre lime-washed houses. Whilst walking through the winding streets in Marrakesh, the medina and surrounding villages in the Atlas Mountains, Carey was specifically drawn to the doors and windows of family homes and businesses, and how each one was a unique piece of art, each one different from the next – lovingly created, and becoming the opening into a traditional way of life. Hugely inspired by the colour, geometric form and simple, repetitive shapes, Carey’s latest project began as abstract collages – combining colour and shape to echo the beautiful simplicity of the facades. To reflect Morocco’s rich history in textiles, Carey evolved the project to include a series of intricately digitally embroidered fabrics, using carefully selected yarns and considered patterns. Works were exhibited within the Gallery at the Devon Guild of Craftsman in January 2017, and a QEST Scholar event at St James Palace.

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