Andrea Ellis has arrived at her unique way of working after many years of experience as a designer, lecturer and artist. Ellis is always collecting ideas in her sketchbook; an exhibition, journey or photograph can all be the inspiration for her pieces.
She often begins an idea by taking apart an image digitally, creating layers. These layers then become separate silk-screens. Using dyes and various chemicals, on silk, linen and velvet, she is able to work in a similar way to oil painting, adding and subtracting colour and texture.
The technique of devore, where the fabric is burned away with an acid paste, enables her to create super-imposed images on two planes; the front image is sometimes enhanced or contradicted by the image behind thereby allowing her to explore ideas and create stories. On close inspection a seemingly classical landscape can reveal a hidden twist.
Ellis uses many of the same techniques on paper; using dyes and inks she is able to create the same luminous, transparent colour washes by hand which are overlaid with opaque detailed prints. The accuracy of the screen printed image is juxtaposed with expressionistic gestures and marks.
Ellis’ work is widely collected and exhibited through galleries and art fairs both in the UK and France, where she is currently living and working. It is also featured in the book “Textiles, Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser.