Amanda Ellis

Coming to studying and design later in life than most, I have found a new love. I have come to understand how design impacts our everyday lives and how we experience the world.

Acknowledging the detriment caused by our throw away society, my aim is to design for longevity either through the celebration of the materials used, aesthetics, or the narrative of the design. Design is meaningless without the people who use or experience it and I've learned that to design well means a journey of understanding, through constant learning and reflection, with inevitable mistakes along the way.

Making is

an important part of the process for me, understanding the boundaries and potential of materials. I love how through experimentation an initial thought often becomes something unexpected. Design is a privilege and at the very least I hope through my practice to add a little beauty to the world.


A spatial concept model exploring the relationship between inside and outside space. Creating blurred boundaries and spaces that change when viewed from different angles. Concept model made from acrylic and white thread. Dimensions: 500mm x 500mm x 500mm.


An acrylic and thread concept model exploring the relationship between inside and outside space. Using the interaction of light with curved acrylic, to produce the appearance of boundaries through the reflections cast.


A project exploring modular forms to create a temporary pavilion, aiming to engage the local community with a controversial building development. Sandblasted and copper foiled scaffold poles challenge our idea of utilitarian objects and once dismantled, the scaffold poles can add a bit of beauty to regular building sites elsewhere.


A design based on the Dom-ino house, for ceramicist and writer Edmund De Waal. The re-positioned stairway, in the centre of the house, wraps around a light installation. Filled with porcelain dust and porcelain shards, it represents the unseen journey of the artist in striving for perfection.

From Eyesore to Icon - The TRACE Gallery

Changing the perspective of a derelict building, creating beauty from negativity. Antisocial behaviour at the site is another layer in its history and a trace of this is referenced through a light installation in the atrium, based on the abandoned syringes found at the site. Glass concept model.

From Eyesore to Icon - The TRACE Gallery - (Creating a stronger identity for Castle Park as a cultural destination).

Re-imagining and bringing life back to what has been called 'Bristol's Most Unloved Building'. An exhibition of Luke Jerram's microbiology glass sculptures encapsulates the concept of creating beauty from negativity, displayed on plinths that slowly rise and fall for accessibility. (images of sculptures included with kind permission from Luke Jerram)