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Ellen McKenna is a Melbourne based pattern designer and artist. Ellen’s work started with a modernist aesthetic, featuring textured line works, abstract spots and bold shapes but has developed to include a more expressionistic style created with paint. Ellen uses her art and pattern work as creative expression with a focus on colour, shape, playfulness and balance. Inspired by multidisciplinary design elements from the early to mid 20th Century, Ellen’s aesthetic is also shaped by her lifelong study and love of the arts which includes, a Certificate IV in Design, a Certificate IV in Interior Decorating and graduating with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. Ellen's pattern work has, so far, been licensed and featured in products by fashion, textile and home wares clients, such as Gillian Valentine, Natty and Polly, Sole Mio, Kablooie, Elm Lifestyle, Chester Street Clothing, Foxwood Clothing, Tokoencit, Little and Kind, Nerida Hansen Textiles, Cotton ON, Soxy Beast and a recent collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Ellen also produced a month-long exhibition 'Feeling Colours’ which was hosted by the Bluethumb Art Gallery and was part of Melbourne Design Week 2021 NGV and featured Ellen’s art and textile design. In 2020 Ellen was also shortlisted as a finalist and awarded a commendation in The Design Files + Laminex - Design Awards in the category of Textile Design. The same year Ellen produced her first major solo exhibition From Art to Fashion at the Townhall Gallery in Hawthorn which combined fine art and surface pattern design. Ellen's artwork has also been featured in Home Design Magazine and has been included in a corporate art acquisition for the Queen and Collins Building in Melbourne. Ellen works in both digital and painterly repeat pattern design and also standalone canvas and scalable digital placement art. If you are interested in licensing or purchasing designs for your business, please get in touch - ellen@ellenmckenna.com I'd love to hear from you! Ellen xx

Ellen M
Ellen McKenna
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Whisper Pastel
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Whisper Neon
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Thrum Pastel
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Thrum Neon
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Resonate Pastel
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Resonate Neon
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Hush Pastel
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Hush Neon
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