Ellen Martin Designer Portrait

I am a Scottish 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 left a lasting impression on me and has greatly informed my practice as a print designer.

My work captures details found in my surroundings, often when visiting new places. With a focus on hand-drawing, collage and repeat pattern, I create considered print designs with a refined use of colour. 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.

In July 2020, I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First Class BA(Hons) in Textile Design and went on to win The Clothworkers' Company's Printed Textile Design Award at New Designers in September. My first silk scarf collection launched in November and was recently featured in Crafts Council's Future Edit showcase.


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