Ellie Birkhead is a designer, maker and writer who uses the power of craft and creativity to bring about social change. She is Design Lead at the creative education organisation Little Inventors that inspires imagination by taking children’s ideas seriously. Most recently Ellie wrote the children’s book Little Inventors Mission Oceans, illustrated by Dominic Wilcox and published by Harper Collins. 

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


2021 Little Inventors Mission Oceans! Words, Ellie Birkhead. Illustrations, Dominic Wilcox. Harper Collins 

2020 Social Matter Social Design, Humble beginnings: earth, clay and minerals. Featured essay. Valiz Publishers

Workshops and Talks

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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