Ellie Cox is showing work that envisions a Hitchcockian Leytonstone in the year 2016 in her exhibition titled ‘Hitchcock (2016)’ at The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel.

We asked Ellie some questions about her art practice and ideas.

Julie: Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2016.
Ellie Cox: So far I have been making a range of Hitchcock themed work in different mediums including t-shirt design and film posters.
I’m also planning a collaboration with my brother who designs lego sets… all will be revealed…

Window collage Ellie Cox

Ellie Cox

Julie: This is the 9th LAT. How many times have you taken part in the Trail and what did you do?
Ellie Cox: This is my first year taking part in the Leytonstone Arts Trail. As soon as I heard about it I signed up! I think it’s a great way to bring together local creatives and promote all the talented people of Leytonstone.

Julie: Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education.
Ellie Cox: Smelly gel pens aged 9 were the gateway to my artistic career. I went on to study on the foundation course at Central St Martin’s and then progressed on to the BA Graphic Design Course there, specialising in illustration. I left in my second year as the course was not for me but have continued illustrating ever since.

Phase illustration Ellie Cox

Ellie Cox

Julie: How would you describe your illustration practice? What kind of things inspire you to create art?
Ellie Cox: Mostly I’m inspired by music and stories, my work is often a reaction or visualisation of someone else’s. I guess I’m more of a thief than anything else!

Julie: How would you describe a good day in the studio?
Ellie Cox: A good day in the studio is sitting down at 7am, suddenly looking up at the clock and realising it’s gone 10pm, I’m sitting in a pile of sketches and it’s probably time to take a shower.

Julie: What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Ellie Cox: Distractions are my main challenge – namely The Food Network and my kitchen cupboard.

Moon ink and digital illustration Ellie Cox

ink and digital illustration
Ellie Cox

Julie: Do you collect art?
Ellie Cox: Yes, I collect posters and prints from craft fairs, exhibitions and student shows. My favourite is a screen print of Fluorescent Mr Blobby Heads. It’s a 10/10.

Julie: Please tell us something you really like about Leytonstone.
Ellie Cox: Leytonstone has everything! The world’s best Pie and Mash shop, excellent wooded areas and some exciting new local businesses.

Julie: Besides the Trail, what is coming up next for you and where can we see more of your art in the flesh or on-line?
Ellie Cox: I will be exhibiting some of my work at Illustrated 2016 in the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane from 10th – 12th June. You can also follow my work on my website.

Image at the top:
ink and digital illustration
by Ellie Cox.