Ellenina’s Biography

Ellenina Harris

My interest in art formed at a very early age. I grew up sketching in charcoal and pencil with my father, an accomplished illustrator, and doing crafts, sewing, and needlework projects with my mother. Over the years their influence, along with my experiences growing up in the Mid-west and Southern United States as well as traveling throughout Greece, shaped my appreciation for handmade items that were carefully crafted. I fell in love with all things fiber-related: quilting, weaving, spinning, and paper craft.

My love of fiber, color, and pattern influences me to this day. I work with a mixture of media that often combines my skills in quilting, basketry, painting, printmaking and drawing. My desire is to create work that gives voice to my perception of the world and conveys a feeling of vibrancy, introspection and respect for nature.  With a recent move to Hastings, Michigan, and the purchase of several acres of land and an old farmhouse, I am surrounded by inspiration and the desire to create beautiful things.

I am a former Artist in Residence at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, California. I studied art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. My work has been shown in a number of group and juried exhibits including ones at the Ventura County Museum of Art in Southern California, the La Conner Quilt Museum and Gallery 360 in Washington state. I have also created several commissioned works for private collections.