Ellie Hipkin

Ellie Hipkin

Textiles

Art inspired by nature from coastal to landscape. Bring nature’s calming colours, forms and patterns into your home

Ellie suffered great bereavement when she lost her brother, then both her parents in close succession, as well as her three aunts. At the same time, her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of one. All of this turned their lives upside down; they had to learn to manage their daughter’s condition and how life changing it truly is. Her comfort was creativity; she truly believes this is a great therapy and really clears the mind. Nature became her great source of inspiration and living in Brighton offers the sea on one side and the South Downs on the other. She feels lucky to have so much natural beauty around. She has noticed, when out in nature and away from modern distractions, its positive impact on mood, especially for her.

Over time, her style of painting has developed using a mixture of painting, with monoprinting (using seedheads, grasses and any other things found during walks) and adding texture with free motion embroidery. Inspired by the beautiful scenery in Sussex, she paints mainly landscapes and seascapes creating a sense of calm that nature gives. Her artwork always starts with the use of colour—the changing of the seasons or how the sun is reflecting off the sea. Taking photographs or sketching to capture the moment, foraging and beach combing for pebbles, seed heads, and grasses, she uses these finds to inspire the embroidery detail within paintings. Often leaving the threads to hang free, the embroidery brings movement and depth to the painting, at times adding a little hand embroidery to create further texture.