Welcome to week 3 of our Beauty theme focus month.
This interview is with an amazing local Bay Area artist Ellen Brook. We talked about the magical journey Ellen has been on and how art found her. To me, she blends spirituality with her artwork + clothing by her belief that her work drives beauty through a deeper, transcendent force that is bigger than all of us. She honors where she is guided to create and explore herself as a creative person without boundaries, someone she NEVER thought she could be. I love her perspective on beauty, how she truly embraces the practice of creation as a means to connect more with herself and as a more compelling way for others to connect to themselves.
Basically, Ellen reminds us to make space in your life for beauty to see what magic can emerge.
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After calling many places ‘home’ and traveling extensively, Ellen began her artistic journey in California in the late 90's. Investigations into consciousness and meditation paralleled her introduction to painting. Following a career in corporate and non-profit communications, Ellen reoriented her life to focus on her art.
Ellen maintains an art practice and designs and creates original, hand-made women’s apparel and accessories. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows, and hangs in private collections. Ellen’s artwork and clothing have been recognized in “Uncommon Threads”, a group show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; Fiber Arts Now Magazine; on the runway in FashionArt SantaCruz 2013 & 2014 and Pivot: The Art of Fashion 2015; and featured on the cover of “las Aventuras de Pasion’, a Latin Jazz CD.
Ellen holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.P.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She now resides and maintains her studio just south of San Francisco. Ellen is on the Advisory Board of the Fashion and Design Department at Canada College, Redwood City, CA.
“Brook’s soft palette of Eastern-inspired silk apparel creates a semblance of earth-toned fluidity that floats down the runway.”
-The Santa Cruz Good Times, 2014
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