El­bourne trans­forms sec­ond­hand fur­ni­ture into pieces of prac­ti­cal art.

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De­scrib­ing her­self as ‘a sort of weaver’, El­bourne worked in menswear af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a tex­tiles de­gree in 2000, be­fore mov­ing back into mak­ing in 2015, sal­vaging fur­ni­ture frames and adding new seats. ‘I like blocks and ge­om­e­try, un­in­ter­rupted ar­eas that tra­di­tional weav­ing didn’t lend it­self to,’ she ex­plains. Based in Mar­gate, El­bourne works from a shared stu­dio, an en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters artis­tic free­dom. ‘I’m in­spired by paint­ing more than fur­ni­ture,’ she says. ‘I like min­i­mal artists, such as Don­ald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly. But my pieces are func­tional rather than art ob­jects – although quite a few peo­ple don’t want to sit on them. I work to suit the frame that I’ve got, which at the mo­ment in­cludes a lot of mid-cen­tury pieces,’ she says. El­bourne also hopes to work with a fur­ni­ture maker to cre­ate a col­lec­tion from scratch. Af­ter ex­hibit­ing in the Bri­tish Craft Pav­il­ion at Lon­don De­sign Fair, El­bourne’s work­ing on an in­te­rior de­sign project and new prod­ucts. On win­ning, she says: ‘I’m de­lighted and a lit­tle stunned; it’s hum­bling and en­cour­ag­ing.’ (@j.el­bourne; cu­mu­lode­sign.co.uk).

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