Ella Doran is a designer, textile mark-maker and photographer, who has created a wide range of highly-acclaimed projects and objects across product and textile design, furniture and interiors.
Doran’s visually-arresting and award-winning designs are the result of creative partnerships and collaboration. She has a First class BA Hons degree in Printed Textiles from Middlesex University and works across photography, textiles and painting to create a wide range of outcomes, from products to projects, exhibitions & workshops. In the late 90s, she was one of the forerunners of the creative application of digitally printed photographic designs onto everyday products.
As a fellow of the RSA, Ella champions the principles of the circular economy through public engagements and teaching projects. She has given lectures and workshops at the Barbican, V&A and Clerkenwell Design Week, amongst others, engaging the public in the re-use of materials and furniture. Ella’s recent solo show, accompanied by a documentary on material circularity and transparency, ‘Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor’, was held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in summer 2019.
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Clients have ranged from Conran and Heals to Absolut Vodka and Paloma Picasso, with licensed products created for Portmeirion Potteries, John Lewis, Habitat & The Art Group. She has produced award-winning collections for TATE, The Glasgow School of Art and The Southbank Centre, whilst her own brand continues to design and make bespoke wallpapers and interior soft furnishings. In 2012, NHS charity, VitalArts, commissioned her to design the paediatric wards textiles and furniture for the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel. She has since gone on to work on several interior art-based projects for Cancer and Radiology departments at the Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.