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3 years full time study in Graphic Design

After researching various design fields Ellen decided to study Art & Design specialising in Graphics with Multi Media and graduated in 2000. Since then she has been running her very successful business, developing design and technical skills and expanding a portfolio of clients which includes: WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Penny Kennedy, Intelligent Fluid Solutions and many more. Ellen has clients all over the UK and Europe.

Ellen keeps up to date with skills using industry standard programme's such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks & Freehand.

 

Outside work

I have various interests. I am a Girlguide Leader and Outdoor Activities Advisor for Perth and Kinross Guiding. In 2007 I was selected as Assistant Leader for a group of Guides who visited Singapore. I regularly take part and help to organise guide camps, outings. I enjoy every minute of it, especially meeting a whole new group of friends from various different backgrounds, all with a common interest in helping girls and young women to develop their potential. I have recently started with Duke of Edinburgh (Perth Open) as an Assistant Leader on Expeditions and love the outdoors environment, no matter the weather.

I really enjoy walking, abseiling and climbing, as a personal goal am currently working through various qualifications to progress in these fields with the view to using these skills to benefit kids in GirlGuiding and Duke of Edinburgh schemes.

What inspired me to get into graphic design?

On a backpacking trip Ellen worked with a production company in Australia Neil Cameron Productions. They specialise in colossal theatrical Fire Events; Ellen helped his stage props and sets for "The Wicker Man" and "Dantés Inferno" in 1995/96.

 

"I had a fantastic time while assisting Neil Cameron Productions, I helped with design and build of stage sets and props. I realised then that I would like a career in Design of some kind, but wasn't sure what. After my travels I decided to research various design courses and embarked on my 3 years of study in Graphic Design."

Images from Neil CAmeron productions, stage prps and scenery from the Wicker Man

Dantés Inferno images

The stage props were made using bamboo for the frame which was then covered in grease proof paper, alu foil and pvu glue.

The Scorpian : prop made from bamboo, grease proof paper, alu foil and PVU glue

This combination of bamboo, foil and glue makes the prop relatively sturdy and suitably fire retardant for the performance.

The Scorpian : prop made from bamboo, grease proof paper, alu foil and PVU glue

The Boat: this took several weeks to build and was lit up from inside during the performance.

The Boat, this took weeks to build and was massive,  : prop made from bamboo, grease proof paperand PVU glue

All people taking part had to be covered in clay to reduce the risk of burns from sparks or getting too close to the fire.

A photo of Ellen covered in clay (and not wearing much else) to reduce the risk of burns from sparks
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