interiors & fashion

Wearable Art

Fashion by Le Galeriste

I’m excited to be working with Montreal’s Le Galeriste to offer a collection of original art on clothing produced here in Canada.

Since 2010, Le Galeriste has been creating Montreal-made premium fashion products. They proudly support local seamstresses and designers. Custom digital printed fabrics are dyed in-house with environmentally-friendly water-based inks. Focused on sustainability, Le Galeriste limits fabric waste to a bare minimum. Completely local production guarantees full control.

The technique

Le Galeriste doesn’t print on garments per se. Instead, the threads are dyed using a technique applied to one garment at a time for optimal colour balance. It’s an intricate and complicated process but it ensures that the artwork never fades, and that it doesn’t alter the feel of the fabric which has been custom-engineered for this specific production technique.

The fabrics

The technologies and machinery used in the production facility in Montreal were initially developed for high-end professional sports clothing. The polyester and spandex yarns are vegan, moisture wicking and wrinkle-free. Perfect for travelling!

Le Galeriste – The Wearable Art Gallery – showcases exclusive works of art, produced on high-end clothing made in Montreal, Canada. 

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Marble cat sculpture

Black marble sculpture standing next to its plaster maquette. I love seeing the repetition of form at the two sizes.

Title: “Contemplation”, marble, 19″ x 6″ x 6″

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Sculpture Commission

I was commissioned by Omer Arbel architects to create a larger than life-sized, figurative sculpture for the new Herschel Supply Co. flagship store. Titled “Big Pants,” it is the 6-foot, white terracotta sculpture in the above photo standing among a family of other figurative sculptures.

From BC Living magazine:

It’s clear, this is an art-forward concept space. Scattered throughout the store are life-sized, figurative sculptures created by a variety of Canadian artists. All the pieces are incredibly textural and organic, such as the … female figure, … in clay, sculpted in five separate parts that were assembled after firing, by Ellen Scobie.

From the Straight: Herschel Supply opens flagship—and first North American store—in Gastown

The 5,000-square-foot shop carries the world’s largest selection of Herschel products.

There’s also a parade of humanlike figures exhibited at the front of the store—some sculpted from stone, some basket-woven, some carved from cedar, and so on—that Herschel commissioned from various Canadian artists.

Lyndon Cormack, who launched Herschel with his brother Jamie nine years ago, tells the Straight during a tour of the shop,

“It’s just celebrating craft … it’s celebrating cool, amazing artisans who are just thought-provoking, interesting.”

animated GIF showing two sides of a 6-foot ceramic sculpture of abstract female

Creative Process

The sculpture was hand built from 800 lb. of clay. The final size is about 6 feet high, 3 feet wide at the base. The body was sculpted in five separate parts which were then hollowed out, fired in a kiln and assembled. Plaster was used to bind and refine the body shape; other parts were chipped away by hand chisel. The creation of the sculpture was largely an intuitive process where I tried to be open to the creative possibilities in every decision.
life-size terracotta figure by vancouver sculptor ellen scobie

Artist Statement

This is a female figure. There is a waist. There are ample hips. More importantly there is attitude. She is in a stance of defiance. One of power. It says here I am. I am a woman. This is my body. And I come from the earth, from clay, I’ve been hewn from rock. She’s standing up tall, like a mountain. She’s strong. She’s bold. She’s pointing the way.

A sculpture of this size requires a team effort. Technical support and expertise was provided by my sculpture partner, Geemon Xin Meng, at the Vancouver Sculpture Studio. The sculpture was expertly fired by renowned Canadian ceramic artist Keith Rice-Jones.

See the sculpture at Herschel Supply Company, 347 Water Street, Vancouver, BC.

Photos: Ellen Scobie


Work in Studio – Rampage

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The Walking Man of Rodin


LEGS hold a torso away from the earth.
And a regular high poem of legs is here.
Powers of bone and cord raise a belly and lungs
Out of ooze and over the loam where eyes look and ears hear
And arms have a chance to hammer and shoot and run motors.
You make us
Proud of our legs, old man.

And you left off the head here,
The skull found always crumbling neighbor of the ankles

(1878 — 1967)

Photo: Walking Man by Rodin at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden by DCArtAttack.


On the studio shelf

I like to keep my maquettes at hand in the studio. I rearrange them into different groupings to see if any narrative arises that appeals to me. The two faces sharing one eye was inspired by ancient Tlatilco ceramics from the Valley of Mexico, pre-dating the Aztecs. I amused myself by having the hand creeping out the top.

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Leaning into the Wind

I’m so looking forward to seeing Leaning into the Wind, a film about British artist Andy Goldsworthy. His inventive interactions with his environment are mini escapes from our thinking on how to be in this world.

At the Vancity Theatre June 4, 2018


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Looking at Drawings

Looking at drawings is one way I find inspiration when planning new sculptural forms. This portrait by Egon Schiele is arresting in the juxtaposition of the large, flat graphic orange shape of the coat and the detailed consideration of the interlocked hands. – Ellen

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman review – vulnerable beauty

Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman both died in their 20s. Here, their elegant images of the body under duress expose the difference between an artist’s real and invented dramas

Source: Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman review – vulnerable beauty

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Marble sculpture bust by Canova found

Sculpture expected to make over £1m was forgotten by family in Wales who owned it

Source: Canova Bust of Peace on sale in first public outing in 200 years

Photo: Sotheby’s. The Bust of Peace, a recently rediscovered sculpture by Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

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Artbuilt Mobile Studios give artists space to create and escape out-of-control rents

We need land in Metro Vancouver to put these mobile studios. Great way for artists and anyone in need of a workshop space to have their own creative sanctuary.

ArtBuilt Mobile Studios are small mobile workspaces that let artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses work in new ways and in new places.These small, movable structures can be…

Source: Artbuilt Mobile Studios give artists space to create and escape out-of-control rents | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building


One of Those Days

Just one of those days in the studio.


Cheekwood Botanical Garden


Welcome to the Orange West

photo of text from gallery wall with historical quoteThese drawings are the mesmerizing work of Joel Daniel Phillips at Tinney Contemporary in Nashville. His beautifully rendered artwork of the majestic buffalo are caught mid-stride and hung frame by frame in a manner reminiscent of Eadweard Muybridge who chronicled both the buffalo and Indigneous peoples across the U.S. in the 19th-century. A video animates the drawings and coupled with a haunting soundtrack makes a particularly poignant statement of the brutality of western expansion. October 7 – November 11, 2017.

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Vertical Solitude Goes Horizontal

“Vertical Solitude”, one of my abstract landscapes, has been hung horizontally by the interior designers. I’ve got no problem with that. However you’d like to see the art is the way it should be hung. The Smithe, 855 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC.

Artist’s Statement

When I first set out to create a new artwork, I sometimes spend a lot of time choosing the first image I’ll work with. Not so with this one. I knew right away I wanted to use some of the lake and shoreline images I’d captured on my trip to the Rocky Mountains. As I began to work up the image I started to use looser textures that I felt were like calligraphic brushwork in traditional Chinese paintings. I turned the composition vertically and continued to build the composition, thinking about the majesty of the vertical rock faces and how the natural world is also permeated by a delicate ecosystem, composed of many interdependent entities, powerful yet fragile.

Print in Limited Edition: Available at Art Works Gallery

digital texture of artwork
“Vertical Solitude”, texture detail

abstract landscape original art print titled "Vertical Solitude", 24x30 inches, aqueous pigmented inkjet by Ellen Scobie, Vancouver
“Vertical Solitude”, 24×30 inches, aqueous pigmented inkjet


In the studio

Working out some ideas in a clay sculpture maquette.