Artist Interview: Elen Danielle
Who are you and what do you design?
I am Elen Danielle, a textile artist and designer with over 15 years of experience creating clothing, accessories, and many other soft treasures. For the past year, my work has focussed on silk and gold hand embroidery.
Tell us about your journey as an artist.
I grew up steeped in nature on the West Coast of Canada. The wild and pristine environment instilled in me a devotion to natural beauty, spirituality, and preservation — and the desire to create physical manifestations of these values to share with others.
This led me to study Industrial Design at Emily Carr University, where I focused on sustainability and the challenge of applying it to my growing interest in fashion. In the years following graduation, I worked in the local industry gaining hands-on experience in responsible production methods resulting in thoughtful, zero-waste “slow fashion”.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I have discovered many things over the years I’ve spent pouring myself into my art. Creating has been a reciprocal nurturing process that drives me to invent and adapt until I am left with a tangible memory of the lessons learnt along the way. In this cycle, I have found endless inspiration and true relief from trauma and suffering, both personal and worldly.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d like to collaborate?
For me, textile art is more than a craft. Each piece I create is a talisman, dutiful storytelling in stitches with the power to heal, move beyond, or preserve meaning in this fast paced world. Whether it’s a commission for a ceremony, a gift to commemorate a milestone, or an addition to your personal style, every collaboration with a client provides me the opportunity to share the healing powers of art therapy with those who have invited me into their lives.