Ellie Birkhead is a designer, maker and facilitator who uses the power of craft and creativity to bring about social change. Ellie is passionate about passing on hand skills to people of all ages to build confidence and a deeper understanding and appreciation for natural materials and crafted objects.

Ellie’s broad background in making spans from creating props for film and tv, designing for the luxury craft sector, through to facilitating family workshops - but the thread that runs through it all is a love for making, for conversation and connection through materials, and a desire to be surrounded by beautifully made objects.

Ellie graduated in 2018 with an MA in Social Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Dezeen, Crafts Magazine and LS:N Global. 

Born 1992, based in Cornwall

Contact: ellie@elliebirkhead.com

Workshops and Talks

2024 Social Design workshop, Samong Haven, Bali  

2024 Bricking It Residency, Samong Haven x Praksis Oslo, Bali

2023 Argal Farm Autumn Workshop Series, Falmouth

2023 CAST Off Family Summer Workshops, Cornwall

2022 Prototyping Workshop, Falmouth University

2022 CAST Off Family Summer Workshops, Cornwall

2021 Thinking Like a Child Workshop, Edinburgh Napier University 

2021 Climate Champions Workshop, V&A, Little Inventors

2021 The Great Imagining Workshop, Tate Modern, Little Inventors

2018 Brush Making and Exploring Place Workshop, Unit Twelve Gallery

2016 Brush Making Workshop, The Grasp Project, in partnership with Oh Comely Magazine 

2015 & 2016 Design & Craft Talk, The University of Brighton 

Exhibitions and Awards

2019 Haute Innovation, Disruptive Materials, Cologne 

2018 Design Academy Eindhoven, Best Thesis Award 

2018 Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven 

2018 Hotel Droog, Amsterdam

2018 Is It Useful?, Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford

2017 Dead on Arrival, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey 

2017 Color Geographies, Atelier LUMA, Arles  

2016 Hothouse Collective, Craft Central, London

2015 Twisting Tradition, The London Design Festival, Mint Shop

2015 New Designers, London 

2015 University of Brighton Degree Show, Brighton

2015 Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham


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