Meet the Member! This blog is one in a series of posts dedicated to learning a little more about one of our PWBC members.
Ellen Brook is an artist and designer who brings color and creativity to walls, wardrobes and workplaces. Her artistic adventure began at 40. After a career in corporate and non-profit communications, Ellen changed her life to focus on her art. Ellen now maintains an art practice, creating “luxuriously down-to-earth” apparel and interior goods. She also hosts in-studio and corporate workshops in creativity, curiosity and collaboration.
Ellen’s work can been seen in art shows and the media and modeled on Bay Area runway. It was even used on a CD cover. Her work has been featured in several shows, including “Uncommon Threads” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the annual Artwear Show at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Her work is known for its feel-fabulous fabrics, exciting color combinations, playful sense of surprise, and visual poetry.
Ellen is on the Advisory Board at Canada College’s Fashion and the Artist Advisory Board of Kids and Art. She earned a B.A. from Duke University. Subsequently, she earned her MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, which is now part of Middlebury College.
Ellen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She traveled extensively and lived in many cities before calling California home in 1997. Frankly, she has been quite surprised and delighted by her journey as an artist. Like many people, she didn’t see herself as creative and never imagined she’d walk the artistic path. Put on your seat belts and hop aboard – you never know what’s awaiting you!