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 I bought an armchair sporting a garish green Art Deco type cover. I would never have believed that this one impulse-buy would place me at the start of a whole new chapter in life. I wanted to learn how to cover my chair myself, attended several upholstery evening classes and fell in love with the whole subject. I gave up the day job and attended a full time course at the London College of Furniture, subsequently adding a soft furnishings certificate as well as art and design.
The whole gamut of new knowledge and skill-sets meant that I was by then able to run my own upholstery and soft furnishings business as well as teaching this at adult education classes in London. However, for personal reasons, I subsequently moved from London to Dorset in 1999 and had to leave my business and contacts behind.
Suddenly having lots more time, I joined embroidery classes and then the Embroiderers' Guild. More City & Guilds courses in Embroidery as well as Patchwork and Quilting followed and this became a whole new passion. Putting all this knowledge together, I started producing wall quilts as well as framed and quilted fabric pictures and collages. By this time I was starting to exhibit my work with a lovely organisation called Artwey in different local venues.
Many years later Artwey have had masses of exhibitions and the group now has 80+ members in and around Weymouth, Dorset, and I even organised an exhibition myself with a fellow artist for the very first time!
Recently I also joined Lyme Bay Arts, a gallery near Bridport, where I sometimes exhibit. They are in Symondsbury, Dorset, in a lovely complex of shops and a good restaurant - well worth a visit, even if you are just browsing. To find out where my current exhibition is, just go to the "Exhibitions" page.
I always take part in Dorset Art Weeks, a bi-annual county-wide art show, which will be from 14 to 29 May in 2022.
I am indeed a very lucky person.
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