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Ellen Martin Designer Portrait

I'm an Edinburgh based designer specialising in printed and dyed textiles. In spring 2019, I spent four months studying in Kyoto, where I learned traditional Japanese textile techniques while gathering research and inspiration for my graduate collection at The Glasgow School of Art. The experience I had in Japan has greatly informed my approach to design and continues to inspire my work today.

With a focus on hand-drawing, collage and repeat pattern, my work captures details found in my surroundings, often when visiting new places. I use a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques including digital printing, screen-printing and katazome - a Japanese resist-dyeing method. With an interest in fashion and interiors, I like to produce versatile prints that can be used in both contexts.

I launched my first collection of printed silk scarves in 2020, and continue to produce new work from my home studio. I also teach katazome workshops at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. You can read more about my projects in my portfolio section.

Awards

The Inches Carr Craft Award, 2021

Creative Scotland's VACMA, 2021

The Clothworkers' Company's Award at New Designers, 2020

The Bonnetmakers & Dyers of Edinburgh Award at Edinburgh College, 2017

Stockists

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Scottish Textiles Showcase, Edinburgh

Iona Craft Shop, Isle of Iona

The Modern Croft, Oban

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