Esther Ellard (born in 1991) graduated from Central St Martins in 2013 with a first class degree in graphic design. She creates colourful abstracts of modular, geometric graphic shapes, which she applies to a range of products including limited-edition prints, graphic cards, T-shirt designs, murals, banners and collectables.
Ellard often uses coloured, textured and patterned Japanese washi tape in the early stages of her work: cutting and arranging it into patterns and compositions. She then scans the image, traces it, refills the shapes, changes the colours and design if she wishes, prints the coloured layers separately and only when she is satisfied that she has the right visual balance of geometry, colours and composition does she print the final image.
'New Tape 002' is one of two designs Ellard made for the Big Bang Data exhibition held at London’s Somerset House during 2015-16. The exhibition was concerned with how data is transforming our world; Ellard's work, with its shapes, lines and colours, echoes the charts and graphs we use to visualise and explain information, data and knowledge.
For more information, see estherellard.com and madeinartslondon.com
Hedge, issue 42, July 2016, pp70-76