Elyse Blackshaw (b. Greater Manchester, 1992) is an image maker, working across a diverse range of media including illustration and textiles. She studied Embroidery at Manchester School of Art where she graduated with a First-Class BA Hons in 2013.
During her degree she interned with RCA alumni Dame Zandra Rhodes which took her to Sydney to work with print studio Karolina York, followed by interning for RCA Alumni Kitty Joseph. During this time Elyse also exhibited work at New Designers, The Knit and Stitch Show, Aiguille en fetê, and featured in the textile art magazine Embroidery.
Between 2015-19 she developed her career as a freelance fashion illustrator, documenting London Fashion Week shows for online media, collaborating with magazines such as Noctis, ELLE and Grazia, creating imagery for bespoke fashion brands, and working on private commissions.
Through social media exposure, Elyse has worked with Fashion Scout and Graduate Fashion Week as a guest illustrator and connected with brands such as Shrimps, Ashish and Christopher Kane.
In the summer of 2020, Elyse worked as an assistant to multi-disciplinary artist Lauren Baker before starting her second year of study in MA Textiles at the Royal College of Art. In September 2020, she delivered a live streamed lecture and digital illustration workshop for Graduate Fashion Foundation at the Samsung King’s Cross store. With the success of the workshop, Elyse will now be delivering many more workshops for Samsung in 2021.
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"Through my work I want to push the boundaries of fashion illustration as a communication tool to provoke a conversation about consumerism and waste. I have a toxic relationship with fashion that plays conflict between my adoration for fashion and disgust of consumer waste. This relationship has embedded a contextual use of materials that avoid waste and challenge my practice to discover how to satisfy the craving for fashion. "