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I am delighted to share the launch of my new lampshade collection for Pooky Lighting.​


The collaboration consists of 3 bespoke patterns in 6 colour-ways, combining beautifully crafted and intricate hand-blocked prints with a vibrant choice of colours - perfect for brightening your interiors.

The designs have been hand printed in wonderfully tactile ink onto card shades and come in the full range of sizes.

Jo, Pooky's Head of Design says "Ellen has such an amazing eye for pattern, detail and colour combinations and she simply fizzes with fun and passion for what she does. She is as excited as we are about these shades, made using the traditional block printed methods (yes, with real carved wooden blocks - like potato painting for grown ups!), and which cast such a lovely glow when the light shines through them. Bravo Ellen!".

It has been such a joy to work with Pooky again on a whole collection following the success of my Poppies design last year. Each shade has so much character and I am thrilled with how they have all turned out. Huge thanks to Pooky!



I am delighted to share that I was selected as one of the winners of Pooky Lighting’s design challenge in 2021.  The panel of judges including two highly regarded stars of UK interior design, Matthew Williamson and Beata Heuman, selected my ‘Poppies’ design from an incredible selection of designs submitted from students and recent graduates around the country. “The judges recognised it for the intricacy and subtlety of its floral theme, and its contemporary take on the Arts and Crafts style. We were immediately struck by the detail and drawn to the hand block nature of her design, as well as her intuitive use of pattern and colour."

The lampshades are available to order online now in two colours and range of sizes.


"My design is a two colour, hand-carved block print featuring a single repeating Poppy and some interlocking meadow flowers. I first sketched out the design during the first lockdown in London, when I would go on daily morning walks and see the abundance of hopeful wild flowers spring up from the ground.  I wanted to create a pattern that was both elegant and playful, so the artwork for this design has a conventional repeat but retains a liveliness due to the method of hand-carving and printing.  I first started block printing as a means to bring my pattern designs to life physically rather than on a screen, and I quickly fell in love with the whole process.  While carving my designs out of lino or wood can require an immense amount of time and patience, I find it endlessly rewarding when it comes to printing and you can see the pattern growing across the paper or fabric.  Block printing is a very physical process that gives instant (and often unpredictable!) rewards.  However, it's the imperfections that give the prints a certain character that's so charming and hard to replicate."

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