Ingrid EllisTextile Art

How I came to be me!

It's interesting to look back to the journey of life and how it has got us to where we are.  

During my relatively straightforward working life it so happened that one day and bought an armchair with a garish green cover.  I would never have believed that this one impulse-buy would place me on the start of a whole new chapter in life.  I wanted to learn how to cover my chair myself, gave up my job and took several full-time City & Guilds qualifications in the field of upholstery (to change the cover of the chair!) which became an all-consuming passion of mine.  The City & Guilds experience then led me on to soft furnishings and art and design.  This is where the seeds of my very belated art career were sown.

This whole gamut of new knowledge and skill-sets meant that I was by then running my own upholstery and soft furnishings business.  I then moved from London to Dorset, joined more evening classes,  the Embroiderers' Guild and I couldn't resist yet another City & Guilds course in Embroidery as well as Patchwork and Quilting.  By that time I was starting to exhibit my work with a lovely organisation called Artwey.  

Some nine years later Artwey and myself have had masses of exhibitions and the group now has 80+ members in and around Weymouth and I have even organised an exhibition myself for the very first time!

I am indeed a very lucky person.

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